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Travessia was one of Bjork's favourite songs when she was younger.
The kind she'd listen to every morning.
Bjork recorded Travessia for the Red Hot & Rio compilation
released in October of 1996 on Polygram Records.
Many Bjork fans do not like Travessia, saying it is not of the quality they expect from her. Apparently she didn't like it either because the song was never released.
It is found only on the internet.
Red Hot & Rio was a contemporary tribute to the Bossa Nova sound that has seduced people around the globe for decades. This transcontinental pop record puts a modern groove on the magical ambiance and music that was Ipanema in the 60’s. It was the 7th item in the Red Hot AIDS Benefit Series to fight AIDS around the world, dedicated to Tom Jobim.
Björk covers Travessia from the great Milton Nascimento
(arrangements by Eumir Deodato), a very famous Brazilian musician.
"Eumir Deodato. The name says nothing for those born after the 1970 World Cup, but tells a lot of Brazilian music. Composer and mixer, above all, Deodato pratically created "Travessia". In 1966, he selected music for Festival da Cancao, caught from the bottom of the refused trunk a tape recorded by someone called Bituca, and convinced the managers to change mind. Finally he made the arrangement that eternalized the song.
"Twenty seven years later, the work keeps making profit: it was by listening to "Travessia" and being enchanted with the orchestration, that Björk decided to look him up for work on Post. "I was in Japan and she called me from a studio in Bahamas", recalls Eumir. They met couple of days later in London and the results can be heard in the tracks "Hyper-Ballad" and "You've Been Flirting Again".
"After, she discovered she loves other of my arrangements - the disco version of 2001", tells the eclectic Eumir. Born in Rio de Janeiro, he arrived in USA in 67, to accompany violinist Luiz Bonfa in a series of shows and stayed there. He made the arrangements of "Garota de Ipanema" and "Sabia", which Tom Jobim used for whole live, and participated in the second disc the maestro recorded with Sinatra. He signed a solo disc, made a fusion band and even produced Kool & The Gang.
"In 72, he began to devote himself to stock exchange. "I made a course by mail and got interested." Today, living with his wife Ruth in the small city Rockland, New York state, he stays till early morning in front of his computer. "It's a very emotional activity, and has to do with arts".
ShowBizz, Year 11, Number 1 - 126 Edition, by Leila Sterenberg,
More about Travessia:
Eumir Deodato, explained to Bjork that the song had something to do with a Brazilian dictatorship in the 1960s. Bjork said she thought that her version would seem "inauthentic and insensitive in context" so she decided it shouldn't be released.
is not sung in the common Portuguese from Portugal but Brazilian Portuguese... (the difference is in the
You can listen to Travessia at Bjork Brasil. It is on the left hand side as a zip file.
It is also at Bjork's Secret Garden. You need a log in and pass word but its worth it.