“Wladimir Gasper, nephew of a Russian filmmaker, was born in Ukraine and came to Brazil when he was still young. He left the former Soviet country to venture into the inspirations of the tropics and created his bunker here. He could be a metaphysical or a freestyle philosopher, but is a musician among zillions of other things.
Thus, the artist Pedro Bernardes transforms his inner psychedelic reality into unusual sounds, which can be marked to the beat of his own body. Full of metaphors and improvisations, he’s a guy of intersections, no belongings: ‘I like to materialize music dynamically, independent of instruments or styles. My sound is like a puzzle: I have the pieces, but I can arrange them the way I want.’ says the beat-maker, instrumentalist and arranger. In the fantastic world of “vintage instruments” Wladimir Gasper lives a talented musician who always plays live.
He is self-taught, says he has no knowledge of aspects, schools and does not invest a lot of time to listen to other artists. His commitment is to himself and his ideas, which turn into dazzling sonorities.
- ‘It’s not necessarily a music that will influence me, it’s the people, an attitude, an architecture. It’s all synesthesia. I relate to the sound in an immaterial form, it’s spirit. I have so much fun in this intimate process of creation and experimentation. It is a joy when you have an inspiration in mind and can materialize it’ he reveals.
Despite appearing to ramble in a parallel world, Pedro, 28 and from Rio, is inserted in various means, doing a bit of everything, as he has complete aversion to labels. He has worked with artists such as MArcelo D2, Gabriel Pensador, Bebel Gilberto, Timbaland, Carlinhos Brown, Sergio Mendes, Marisa Monte, Mario Caldato, Seu Jorge, Beck, John Legend, among others. Experiencing the creative process in other areas, he designed a cradle-harp which was selected for the Design Fair in Dubai 2012. He directed the film presentation for the para-Olympic brand and created the sound for it.
- ‘I never wanted to stop and pick something to do. I never had existential questions. I’m naturally allowed to be spontaneous. I do what I need yo, it’s physiological, my health. Confusing stimulates me more than explaining,’ the multiinstrumentlist says in a freestyle way of speaking.
Pedro takes the tone of improvisation to the places where he plays, always in the company of his case which is loaded with electronic beats and free organics, a bunch of multi-effects, synthesizers and a few other toys.
- ‘What I like is the load of presence, the energy devoted to that particular moment I’m playing, the emotion I feel at the time, I think it prints my identity, my production has a very strong accent of the now’, states Pedro.