Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Rafael Pelissari (aka Pelissa) from an early age has always shown interest in various types of art, especially painting and music. Began to play the guitar by ear and self-taught has learned different styles of music ranging from Bossa Nova and Samba, through Blues, Rock 'n' Roll and Jazz, Reggae and the Caribbean rhythms, Indian music, among many other styles. Since the first time he played the guitar, he wasn't able to have a single thought where music wasn't present, had faced the inevitable fact that this was his place.
An adherent of the concept derived from the visual arts, the "action painting", Rafael has always been a supporter of improvisation and creative freedom, of the "momentum", of the music made, felt, improvised and executed at-the-time.
Open minded facing arts, Rafael is considered an apprentice devotee chasing knowledge, constantly seeking new music, sounds, movements and thoughts. As a huge fan of Indian classical music, searches through the tuned silence (the concept of khali), the state of "samadhi", the mentalization of colours, specific vibrations and combined with classical guitar techniques to create harmonies, melodies, soundscapes and the coloring of the whole existing and resonant space of the Cosmos - the Eufonia.
By mixing different musical styles and his Gypsy ancestral roots, has developed his own style over the years. The feature of his music is a reflection of different approaches. A fusion of classical music elements, Latin music, Brazilian musical rhythms, gypsy roots, introspective elements of music therapy, the colors of Indian classical music and the universal ethereal music to beyond the transcendental improvisation - a variety of elements, harmony and unique melody.
Rafael's music reflects his constant search within transcendentalism and music therapy. The improvisation, or the jam based style of playing, is as outstanding as remarkable in his music, coupled with the experimentalism and combined with the gypsy guitar techniques.
Maintains, as himself likes to clarify, "an artistically humble outlook towards art and music." The sitarist, clarinetist, violinist, painter, poet, philosopher, likes the mixture of elements, the musical universalism in order to achieve transcendental melodies, almost sublime sounds, or as he learned with the Indian classical music, the "Raga" - as himself defines: "the coloring of the artistic expression of the notes carved in your soul as you chant your instrument."
"I am an avowed bohemian". - Rafael Pelissari
The nomad and bohemian artist Rafael Pelissari plays what he feels, with all the emotion, passion and freedom without losing the mystical/spiritual way, a true 'soul player'.
"It's not about what they say it should be, it's about what it is;
It's not about what is supposed to be felt, it's about feeling; It's not about being the best, it's about being; It's not about losing yourself, it's about finding yourself;
It's not about the musician, it's about the music.
True harmony."- Rafael Pelissari
"When it comes to music, freedom is breathtaking; in life, jammin' is the only way out.
The rest is absolute nothingness."
"There is no other piece in the vast and idiosyncratic Rafael Pelissari's discography, that has such a deep impact, a broader context and an extremely meaningful musical and ethereal power of transformation than "Yagé".
This specific piece was originally recorded acousticly, during no more than 2 sessions on 2012, while Rafael Pelissari was arranging a couple of different variations on Ludwig Van Beethoven's fourteenth Sonata. "Yagé" came as an improvisation during jam sessions on studio. However, the first time that "yagé" was actually performed live, was during the Van Huppell's Kunstenfestival Des Arts, in Amsterdam, during the spring of 2014.
More than two years between the creation and than the first presentation to the audience live, this piece has shown a huge and powerfull transformation. Rafael Pelissari's ability to improvise and create music it's wide known, but the transformation of "Yagé" through the years is by far the most interest and substantial example of his kind, in all Pelissari's discography.
Yet, despite the magnificent technical and musical aspects of this piece, "Yagé" has also a profound metaphorical meaning. The word yagé means a sacred drink used on spiritual rituals amoung several indigene tribes in South America. This powerfull beverage, composed by native herbs it's used to connect the mind with the universal councisness - and that is pretty much the whole context of this piece. You can experience this journey just by listening and felling the music flow. "Yagé" not only symbolize that journey but it's energy flows way beyond. It can be perfectly experienced by the listener, every single step of the whole path of the journey.
The music paints a landscape, a landscape of still waters, pure rivers, moving skies, the transformation it self, emphasizes the shift, the higher consciousness, the self knowledge and on the immateriality of the 'now', reflecting the author's philosophy about the transience of life[...]"
Escalas Lunáticas ►
Dear friends, I'm extremely joyful and proud to share with you all this video from the instrumental project I'm developing with electric guitar...
Falseta Impetuosa ►
Falseta Impetuosa - Aos bons ventos que a trazem de volta. Dias de chuva, Dias de trovão, Improviso em meu violão esta falseta cigana...
Tour over Europe ►
Dear friends, as the clouds were moving far away east this last afternoon, transporting the same vivid blue sky of today, to a tomorrow's brand new life...
"I don't know the formula of music
Or even life's recipe,
I'll keep moving and playing like this,
"There's no how to play without love.
Today I can't feel love, or hate,
Even passion, nothing.
The result of it is a deafening silence."