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Here is Tina Oiticica, your rocking-chair rocker, speaking as a follower of a timeless band, Os Mutantes.
The regrouping of Os Mutantes em
2006 was announced to me on line by a Paulistano kid. Today the band shows itself to be an indestructible bridge between the 1960s and century XXI. Their performance at the Barbican last year moved me to tears. I know it'll be released in a beautiful double CD and DVD here in the USA through nearly omniscient-musico David Byrne's label, in mid-November, 2007.
Os Mutantes in the 1960s had festival followers, had a play, "Planeta dos Mutantes" at Rio's Teatro Casa
Grande, where I sat with a few others Thursday thru Sundays, and Som Livre Exportação, a TV show in which I snuck in. This show was where Globo set the stage for Caetano Veloso's show back from London exile. That was my first of many brushes with the wizard of words.
The only era when I have seen Os Mutantes playing for dedicated audience, full house, folks 18 to 81, was last year and this one on YouTube.
Live, after forty years: July 13, 2007 at the El Rey, in Los Angeles.
And that was when I met Dinho, Arnaldo and Sérgio. Again. The photos are here, just look for the set. Flickr,
It was magic in the air. Os Mutantes create
magic in the air; magic for me, an eye-witness of forty years, magic for the kids who fall under their spell. Nelson Rodrigues, my favorite playwright and phrase maker, would generate a sentence such as, "Even alone with the goat chewing grass on an empty lot, they would atract followers: yesterday's and forever."
Mutantes, with Sérgio and the musicians that have played with them since Barbican 2006, sans
Rita Lee Jones de Carvalho, sans Zélia Duncan, who participated in the collective Mutante trance in 2006-2007, sans Arnaldo Baptista, whose plans differ now, Os Mutantes are.
Mutantes transcend formations of the band. That is the message I would like to convey to you; it's how I feel about them. Os Mutantes that will enter Sony's studio to record in October, today's Os Mutantes, will present Os Mutantes songs. These are songs I await waving enthusiastically my imaginary fan club card in the air.
I am sure they have remained "Os Mutantes" in their essence. We chatted in Los Angeles like friends who had been together just yesterday. Dinho, Arnaldo and Sérgio. We change, we mature and we remain faithful to whom we are, to ourselves, "Os Mutantes" in essence.
No dream it was. I saw the show at the El Rey, Los
Angeles. Therefore, it's not a dream and it's not over. Besides the mutanting intrinsic quality the band has, it is ours. And it will be ours. Atmospheric. Hallucinating. Its fans mutantes. It is and will be Os Mutantes for all.