For one song, the team used a kinetic camera that maps Monte’s body, projecting a video animation that changes with her singing and movements.
“At first … it just looks like a regular light effect,” Zavareze says. “But after a period of time, you see her voice makes the particles move and you realize it is mapping. That kind of experience happens during the whole show, while space, screens, content and visual language change.”
Zavareze says Monte was closely involved, helping to select the artists, effects and imagery to bring her songs to life in a new way. And he praised her for giving the production team the time and resources to create something innovative.
“Everything we did was possible because Marisa respected my process,” Zavareze says. “These kinds of resources brings freedom for the mind to concentrate on the content. Nowadays most pop shows use a lot of technical pyrotechnics, but in a very common and, most of the time, banal way.”
In contrast with all this technological dazzle, the 2012 album on which the show is based, O Que Você Quer Saber de Verdade (What You Really Want to Know), has a warm, acoustic, old-school sound. Instead of recording separate tracks, Monte says, she gathered the musicians, including the elderly members of Café de los Maestros, a kind of tango Buena Vista Social Club, in the studio.
“Because I had this live band performing in the studio it makes it feel a little more old-fashioned, everyone playing and breathing together, more acoustic instruments, many really good players and not too much programming,” she says.
The sophisticated technology of her show is a way of illuminating that spirit and translating her beloved Brazilian music to the world.
“I never wanted to be international, singing in English or Spanish,” Monte says. “It’s not my best. My Portuguese is my best. I love my language, my culture, my country. I’m proud to show the creativity and the art that is being made here.”