By now, readers of this blog are familiar with Further, Design Hotels’ experiment in immersive, conscientious hospitality that has taken place so far this year in New York’s Catskills region, Los Angeles, and the mountainous outskirts of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. We´re now thrilled to share the music video resulting from the Brazil event, which raised money for sustainable development and took place back in February at Chez Georges, a Brazilian Brutalist landmark high on a hilltop in Rio de Janeiro’s lush Santa Teresa neighborhood between the city center and the sandy beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema.
Set on the edge of a protected forest and featuring a state-of-the-art music production room, Chez Georges was an ideal setting for Further: Rio de Janeiro, which was co-curated by Atrium Creative Retreats, the music collective behind the experiential music and arts festival, FORM Arcosanti. The event featured an intimate writing camp with a group of internationally renowned musicians, including experimental cellist Kelsey Lu, drummer Zach Tetreault of Hundred Waters, Canadian electro-pop duo Purity Ring, LA-based electronic auteur Empress Of, and folk singer Julie Byrne.
“It doesn’t work treating us like outsiders, because the right to come and go is constitutional.” Matsipaya Waura Txucarramãe, “Indio do Brasil”
They teamed up with the United Nation’s Equator Initiative to bring out musician Matsipaya Waura Txucarramãe, an indigenous artist of Northern Brazil. Members of the retreat collaborated with Matsi to produce this site-specific song and video, which shines a light on the issues facing indigenous people and is meant to raise awareness for sustainable development communities in Brazil and all over the world.
The song, titled “Indio do Brasil,” discusses the marginalization and impacts of colonialism facing indigenous people today. The video features actual footage of Matsi’s Xingu tribe (courtesy of UNDP) as well as shots of the studio sessions with Hundred Waters, Kelsey Lu, and Julie Byrne. With its release, Atrium is seeking donations to the United Nation’s Equator Initiative which provides support to indigenous people worldwide. Find out more about the initiative and donate by visiting this site, and check out our Original Experience story, which delves deeper into the event.