Brasilience was recorded New York City and Rio de Janeiro. Songs with English and Portuguese lyrics demonstrate that John Raymond Pollard is a gifted story teller. His memorable melodies move to compelling rhythms and find expression thanks to the fine work of talented musicians, each of whom contributes something special. What is Brasilience? Think Brazilian, think essence, think brilliance and you'll have an idea. Think live musicians playing mostly acoustic instruments. Listen and move to the rhythms. Enjoy half a dozen bossa novas and a variety of other ryhthms on the balance of the album's 13 songs. And when you have listened to the album, relaxed and enjoyed the music, you'll comprehend the meaning of Brasilience.