Iara Rennó is a body in high voltage. It ranges from acoustic to electronic, from experimental to song, in an intense and diverse musical production that cannot be summarized in a single style or a single voice. It is in plurality that Iara asserts her singularity. She creates and presents multilingual projects that span poetry, music, film, literature, theater and performance. It is about female strength and freedom, revering cultures of native peoples by expressing a decolonial and Afro-diasporic art.
Born into a family of artists – the Espíndola family – Iara started singing alongside her mother, Alzira E, and was vocalist in the band of the great master Itamar Assumpção for three years. A perennially expanding artist, she is a singer, instrumentalist, producer, performer, actress, poet, producer and music director. A prolific composer, she has more than 100 songs recorded by big names in Brazilian music such as Elza Soares, Ney Matogrosso, Gaby Amarantos, Jaloo, Ava Rocha, Virgínia Rodrigues and Lia de Itamaracá. She has worked in collaboration with international artists such as Quantic, Anita Tijoux, Project Compass, among others.
Iara has just released her eighth album, the long-awaited Oríkì. An exaltation of the culture of the orixás with a unique Afro-Brazilian sound, the work is the result of more than 13 years of research, creation and production. The 13 songs are dedicated to the most popular orixás in Brazil and were composed from millenary transcreations of oriki from the Nagô tradition. The tracks feature the participation of Tulipa Ruiz, Anelis Assumpção, Lucas Santtana, Curumin, Criolo, Carlinhos Brown, Rob Mazurek and Thalma de Freitas as interpreters, in addition to Kiko Dinucci, Marcelo Jeneci and Maurício Badé, among others, as instrumentalists.