Nova Collective – Irish Band of the Week
Last week we brought you a brass band, this week we give you a Bossa Nova band. Just in case you were a little unsure as to what Bossa Nova is, it’s a style of Brazilian music derived from samba but with a more deliberate focus on melody and less on percussion. Nova Collective is our Irish Band of the Week, led by the extremely talented pianist Louis Ryan. Comprised of five to eight talented jazz and Latin musicians, the band are quite an unusual addition to the Irish music scene.
In 2013 they produced several music videos that received far-reaching acclaim which was subsequently followed by their debut performance in the Project Arts Centre. By the summer of 2013, they released their debut EP to the same acclaim, and towards the end of the year they performed at the opening of the ‘Corcovado’, an immensely popular night where Brazilian and Irish culture met in the Button Factory. It’s their spicy focus, combined with the unrivalled talent of the members, that makes this band simultaneously unique and alluring.
So, can the dancing abilities of the Irish rival those of our Brazilian counterparts? Probably not. But the gang were eager to see and last month ventured out to Dun Laoghaire pier to record a video for their new single, ‘Samba De Amor’. With the aid of extremely talented director, Tom Speers, they managed to ensure some of the locals in to ad-lib dancers. Their concept ‘with this one was very simple: can Irish people dance like a Brazilian?’, the band said afterwards.
If that wasn’t impressive enough, the group have actually performed for President Michael D. Higgins’ garden party. Quite a thing to have on your musical CV to say the least.
This year has marked big changes for the band, with a new line-up and a variety of new songs with enticing and uplifting beats and rhythms. They were the perfect line-up for a whole range of summer shows throughout the country, launching a new EP, and headlining several gigs. Their style is so deliciously fresh and uplifting, you just can’t help but dance. If you want your own little slice of samba, even if you can’t dance, then check out how the Dun Laoghaire locals do it.
Nova Collective play The Sugar Club on 16 August.