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VIA LUMINI

Symphonic Prog • Brazil


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Originally known as AURA, VIA LUMINI were formed in Brazil by a quintet of young musicians interested in reviving the traditional sounds of seventies progressive music in South America. Though quite young at the time, the band managed to secure a recording contract with PRW and released their lengthy debut album in 1991.

The band's sound shows obvious influences from a variety of classic progressive groups, among them GENESIS (vocals, dramatics), YES (keyboards), and CAMEL (overall tenor). CÚzar Pacca in particular has been praised for his energetic and innovative guitar work. While the recording quality of their studio releases (and particularly the debut) was poor, their youth and energy largely made up for the weak production. Also noteworthy is that all VIA LUMINI's vocals are sung in Portuguese. Translations of the lyrics are virtually impossible to find, and the poor production quality makes the singing difficult to follow at times.

Guitarist and vocalist Edilson Rodrigues left the band following their first release and was replaced by flautist Silvio De Oliveira, giving the band an added dimension of sound, as well as another band to emulate (JETHRO TULL) on their second and final release.

There is no clear record of when the band called it quits, but their 1995 release "What Have We Done About Us" marked the end of their recording career as a group. Today Mauro Cannalonga performs in an AOR cover band in South America; Edilson Rodrigues is a music producer; Marcelo Dias most recently appeared as a member of the metal band SOULFLY; and Fernando Loia tours locally in Brazil with his own prog cover band, GENESIS LIVE.

VIA LUMINI deserve recognition in the Archives for being one of (if not the) first Brazilian band in the nineties to launch a revival movement for progressive music in northern South America.

Bob Moore (ClemofNazareth)

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3.28 | 6 ratings
V˘os e Sonhos
1991
3.81 | 16 ratings
What Have We Done About Us
1995

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3.28 | 6 ratings

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Via Lumini Symphonic Prog

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3 stars Originally named Aura, Via Lumini adapted their name towards the end of the 80's, featuring Marcelo Dias on bass, Mauro Cannalonga on keyboards, Edilson Rodrigues on guitars/vocals, Cezar Pacca on guitars and Fernando Loia on drums.They came from Sao Paulo and were actually one of the first bands to sign with the newly established Brazilian label Progressive Rock Worldwide, a major contributor of the Brazilian Progressive Rock's scene revival.Their debut LP ''Voos e Sonhos'' came out in 1991.

Typical South-American Progressive/Symphonic Rock is the style met througout the release, characterized be sensitive guitar lines both acoustic and electric with the familiar Brazilian flavor on vocals.There is also some heavy use of keyboards to be heard, synthesizers, piano and organ more particularly, played by Cannalonga often in a very retro style but with an evident modern edge as well.The track developments are good, though far from outstanding.Alternating sections between guitar-led musicianship and strong keyboard fanfares and romantic piano interludes make the sound rich and far from boring.The bass work is really front on the mix, but it shines through to say the least.However the vocals are quite mediocre, while the muddy production does not help either, still the effort of the band is pretty decent on creating some non-commercial prog experience with refrences to the music of NUOVA ERA and TREM DO FUTURO or past Latin-American beasts like ESPIRITU, PABLO EL ENTERRADOR and SOM NOSSO DE CADA DIA.

Decent prog album, created at the beginnings of the huge Brazilian prog revival.Far from the sometimes Neo Prog cliches coming in view at this point, Via Lumini enter the scene with an album full of delicate Symph Prog arrangements with lots of positive elements outreaching the negative ones.Recommended if you find a copy.

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