Brazilian folk music, samples, drumming, loops and acoustic instruments. In two years of research, the musician Ricardo Imperatore joined all these elements together to create boTECOeletro. Composed from fragments of “Jackson do Pandeiro”, the Baianas Mensageiras de Santa Luzia, Radames Gnatalli and mixes created by Imperatore, Botecoeletro was awarded the “Premio Tim de Musica 2005” in the category of “Best Electronic Album of the Year”.
“Not only popular, not only erudite: “Brazilianity” is the basic concept of the record “, explains who counted with a team of friends to produce boTECOeletro. “Without them the record would not be released”, asserts Ricardo Imperatore.
First launched in August of 2004, the album had excellent acceptance from the media, as well as, the music business and Êprofessionals. The crowd at the dancefloor also approved what they heard in the presentations – live p.a. – that boTECO made throughtout of 2005 in some capitals of Brazil. Ê “Botecoeletro made a strong impression on me since I heard it for the first time. I’m glad everybody will be able to listen to it.” — Marisa Monte
In may of the same year, the BoTECOeletro project was invited by the Government of the Mexico City to perform at the “Festival de las Culturas”, with participants from 80 countries.
Before releasing boTECOeletro in Brazil, the musician traveled, in 2002 and 2003, carrying a stack of CD demo and a list of musical producers. During the trip Imperatore got the track “CoconutzMass” to be aired in great radios in Paris, London, Berlin etc. The track also was selected to integrate five international compilations. The track was also included in Eletronic Arts’ FIFA SOCCER 2006 video game.
During june and October of 2007 boTECOeletro did it first European Tour, including cities like Amsterdam, London, Berlin, Hamburg, Paris, Vienna, Barcelona, Torino, Bologna, Graz.
The first appearance of Ricardo Imperatore in the musical scenario was as the drummer and co-founder of the Band Bel, in 1984. After this, he already toured with Ivo Meireles, Cassiano, and the famous brazilian band the Tit‹s. Moreover, Imperatore made special appearances in the Brazilian tours of artists and bands as Midnight Oil, Men at Work and Suzane Vega. Since 2001, he started to dedicate integrally to boTECOeletro.