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The New Americas

by Victoria & Zeta Five

An on-going spiritual vision of twin flame songwriting team, Victoria L & Edward T Hammill, with many great musicians; VICTORIA & ZETA FIVE steps it up with a fusion of diverse cultures with clear, heartfelt vocals and new hot handed electric violin leads
Genre: Jazz: Crossover Jazz
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1. Fast Track
3:58 $1.29
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2. Quiet Storm / New Americas
8:59 $1.29
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3. Janaina
5:58 $1.29
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4. It's a Lazy Morning Rain (Brazilian Style)
4:50 $1.29
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5. I've Known You Once Before / That Was Then, This Is Now
9:26 $1.29
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6. Awakening
11:23 $1.29
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
MUSIC: THE FUSING OF CULTURES

VICTORIA & ZETA FIVE hit the Austin live music scene in 2007 with rockin’ electric gunslinger violin blues, rhythm and blues, funk, jazz fusion, and soulful vocals. The town was buzzing about the new and unique signature sound of Victoria and her electric five string Zeta Music violin and Mesa Boogie; and with numerous live regional gigs played in Texas, the live show had become fun and entertaining and sounded great.

When the drummer bailed at the last minute from an upcoming Saturday night gig, the band had less than a week to find a replacement. Every reputable drummer in town was already booked, except for one, whose Saturday night gig had been cancelled. His name – Luiz Coutinho, or Koutobeat, or KB & The Batikum, for those who find his name difficult to pronounce.

As soon as Luiz confirmed his availability to do the gig, we quickly arranged a meeting to pass the playlist and repertoire material over to him on his Wednesday night gig at Phara’s Mediterranean Restaurant & Christopher’s Casbah, Austin, Texas.

When we arrived at Phara’s the host escorted us to the restaurant outside where people dined under the stars. That night, there was a balmy summer breeze and the place was charming with a great vibe, so we decided to order dinner and listen to Luiz perform with the guitarist, Oliver Rajimani, and a violinist. Soon the sound of Arabic Middle Eastern music wafted through the air, and belly dancers set foot on the stage.

The experience was mesmerizing, and amid the dance and music wafting through the air, we caught Luiz’s attention with a wave — a row of perfect white teeth flashed a smile from his dark face in the night, and during his break he joined us for conversation and took the material for rehearsal.

A few days later, he played performed with VICTORIA & ZETA FIVE on Saturday night. We hit it off with the “Quiet Storm / New Americas”. Luiz loved it!

Hence, the journey began with the fusing of music from diverse cultures — the American Rock, Blues, Rhythm and Blues, Funk, Jazz, and Classical influences of VICTORIA & ZETA FIVE, fused with Latin Brazilian, Afro pop, Arabic, and more — The Batikum (a.k.a. Luiz Coutinho).

The Quiet Storm represents the conception of the voyage from the East to the West, followed by the storm of change, and the melding of diverse cultures from Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America, into the New Americas – a homeland of freedom, peace, and the opportunity for the pursuit of happiness for all.

In collaboration with VICTORIA& ZETA FIVE in the summer of 2008, The Batikum (a.k.a. Luiz Coutinho) incorporated rock, blues, rhythm and blues, and jazz fusion to create a new platform for dancing.

“... a magnificent gala, brought to you in living color, ancestral drums beating with a soul like no other ... To brothers and sisters dancing into the night, Laughing and singing under the Brazilian moonlight ... (Excerpts from Janaina Lyrics) “

And, here we are now, ten years later, in 2018, with the additional collaboration of some of Austin’s BEST musicians, such as; lead and rhythm guitarists, Sergio C. Yazbek (Cidade Negra), Chris Castaneda (The Castaneda Project), Michael Rodriguez (The Brew), Omar Molina (Solo Artist), Tim Dolbear (Sammy Hagar Band / Eclectica Recording Studio), bassists Kristopher Lee Wade (Marshal Ford Swing Band) and Caleb Rojas (Rojas Music), and background vocalist Kristopher Lee Wade and Kelley Glover (U Better Sing!), and voila – a new product that will both blow your mind and soothe your soul!

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