Many people outside Brazil had their first encounter with choro through listening to the shown cd featuring a selection of recordings by Jacob do Bandolim. The cd was issued by David Grisman's Acoustic Disc in and contains 21 tracks licensed from RCA's Brasilian division, click on picture to see tracklist. Acoustic disc also released a volume 2 featuring 22 more recordings from Jacob do Bandolim's catalogue at RCA Victor, click picture to see tracklist.
If you are looking for sheet music containing music recorded by Jacob do Bandolim intending to learn his solos note for note, there are a couple of possibilities to join the masterclass.
One of the cds has the music without Jacob's solos, to be used as playback for the musician taking over the lead following the sheet - an example of the popular music-minus-one - you're the soloist! Click picture to learn more about this issue. Sound of Rio - Brasileirinho. This documentary is dedicated to the Choro music. I found a trailer of the documentary Sound of Rio - Brasileirinhowhich seems to be a precursor of the documentary BraileirinhoI introduced to you in a previous blog.
It shows in an informal way the different styles. Last week I learned in a record shop in The Netherlands that a cheap version of the Braileirinho DVD has been published - a great opportunity for all of you who haven't obtain a copy. During the s and s local and national radiostations in Brazil had a 'house band' to accompany popular singers Album) live broadcasts and to fill in empty space between progams. These house bands - known as Conjuntos Regionais - had a crucial role in evolving and shaping the popular music of the time, making it digestable for the commercial market - including record companies and the general public.
Many choro musicians started their career as a member of a conjunto Regional, and as the musicians were supposed to accompany different singers and to play a varied repertoire, these conditions helped evolving the choro genre into a form containing elements from other popular music traditions. Contemporary choro may be seen as a evolution of the genre as shaped by the conjuntos Regionais during the period, when radio and music entertainment provided by this media set the scene in the general public.
One of the artists playing this instrument, who had my attention, was Garoto Anibal Augusto Sardinhaof course. In fact, recognition of the sound of the Album) guitarists as similar was not a coincidence, Um calo de estimacao - Various - Choro In Rio: Brasileirinho (CD, the instrument played by both musicians had a built-in resonator device, that made the sound of the instrument recognizable instantly.
The resonator system of the guitar was developed to help solving amplification of the sound before electricity was used for amplification. It was developed in the USA by the National Guitar company, specializing in metal shaped instruments with a built-in resonator, that functioned like a kind of membran speaker, amplifying the sound of the strings when played.
The National Guitar models were often used by steel bar guitar players in Hawaiian style music, popular at the time, but also blues and jazz guitar players were attracted by the sound and volume effect of the instrument.
In Brazil, local luthiers like the workshop of Del Vecchio developed a model of the resonator guitar different from the US issue, as the body of the guitar remained a box of wood with visible built-in resonators on the surface instead of a soundhole - see picture above.
Anyway, when in tune, the sound of the instrument is recognizable instantly, and below I insert some video examples to give you an impression of this fascinating hybrid.
Anacleto de Medeiros. When choro evolved as a style of playing popular music in Brazil during the late decades of the 19th Century, one of the pioneers, who helped shaping this music style, was Anacleto de Medeiros The son of a freed slave, Medeiros began to study music at the age of nine, and earned a degree from the Rio Conservatory when he was He became well-known locally as a composer and performer on flute, clarinet and saxophone.
His greatest musical impact, however, began inwhen he founded and conducted Rio de Janeiro's most famous military band, the Banda do Corpo de Bombeiros Band of the Firemen's Corps. This time I like to point you to the talented composer and multi-instrumentalist, Renato Anesi.
His work is the result of intense musical experience as a child. His father, a guitarist and cavaquinista, was his first teacher. He composed and recorded the soundtrack music from the movie 'Coyote', winner of the Festival Internacional do Minuto in At the same time he had a luthier workshop, where he had the opportunity to meet, restore and regulate all kind of string instruments found in Brazil.
To improve his experience as a luthier he even went to London to attend courses at the Polytech of London, also in In Anesi played in a trio, Corda Coralwhich was awarded a prestigious prize that year. The cd, 'Sin Querer', was recorded in Belgium InAnesi also toured with the Swedish balarina, Nina Corti.
With this material he has built a unique style, featuring a music universe committed only with creativity. From to he recorded over forty albums, both 78rpms and LPs.
His preference was the traditional Brazilian guitar style: waltzes and choros full of modulations to "confuse accompanists," played with his unique style and sound. He recorded about of his own compositions, many of which became standards of Brazilian popular guitar, like "Dois Destinos" and "Se Ela Perguntar.
I like the youthful freshness and the full use of the guitar's capacity in this choro, a demanding challenge for any guitarist and a true tour-de-force on the frets like Garoto's "Desvairada" - here's an example of a performance of the piece by a young guitarist at his debut recital.
To end this, here's another performance of this choro from a live concert recital by Ronaldo Sontag - enjoy it! Movimento - Brasilian Movement. Being interested in Brasilian music tradition, I was delighted to have the opportunity to listen to the above shown cd by Nelson Latif' Movimento'. The cd was recorded in Amsterdam February-October and releasedand it was produced by Nelson Latif as his first solo Album).
With roots in choro and jazz, Latif merges Brazilian styles and a classical guitar technique with diverse musical influences. He started his studies at age fourteen. During the 90's he moved to Amsterdam and started performing on the cavaquinho, an instrument that has since become his trademark. Since then, Latif has performed as a soloist as well as in collaboration with various artists, such as the multi-instrumentalist Carlinhos Antunesand Ustad Zamir Khansitar and tabla player, of a legendary Indian musical family.
This recording started off the Choramundo Project, uniting musicians from Holland, Suriname and Brazil. I found a couple of uploaded video performances by the Choramundo ensemble from a live-concert in Reicife, Brazil inserted below to give you an impression of the kind of music played by Latif.
The second performance by Choramundo is from the same event, the tune performed is called 'Choramundo'. Armandinho - Retocando o Choro. One of the characteristics of the traditional choro performance is the fact that the participating musicians usually are seated in a circle or around a table to create an intimate atmosphere and leaving the opportunity to watch each other while playing.
This was the ideal setting for Album) roda de choro, and this is continued to this day in small clubs or at private gatherings whenever choro musicans get together to play for their own pleasure.
You could say that the mentioned setting of a roda de choro is well suited for this kind of chamberish music that demands concentration, great technical skills and the presence of a common feeling to recreate the spirit of choro as a multi-voiced unity. On the other hand, the stage setting leaves the opportunity of individual solo performance a better chance to reach the audience, a fact to be taken advantage of whether it may be a classical symphonic orchestra with a soloist performing, or a band performing popular music with changing solo voices.
The world is a stage according to Mr. Shakespeare and especially a younger generation of musians has understood this dictum as a demand of acting as an individual soloist when the music plays, the success of a performance depending on the abilities of the individual fronting the audience and supported by a band in the background.
The soloist's role has become the most important part of the act on stage. This is truly a phenomenon reflecting the ideological and social values of modern Western society, expected to be the norm by audiences and accepted as such by musicians, who go for a successfull career in music business. In fact, the success of a modern jazz or rock'n'roll concert seems to depend on the soloists' personal abilities, the reputation and stardom often applied to the musician's ability to invent and create surprising personal solos by mastering the instrument with special effects and unexpected improvisation skills.
This is the constant demand resting on the career of individual musicians heading for a star role on-stage today. When choro and choro performance had a revival in Brazil during the s one of the problems to front by choro musicians was that the choro was considered to be the music of old folks with outdated values of social behaviour.
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Critici stellen dat zijn electrisch versterkte viool af en toe wel erg op de voorgrond treedt ten koste van het geheel. Ik zie dat niet zo. Ik vind het leuk om een filmfragment te laten zien waarin Jean-Luc Ponty een deel van zijn Enigmatic Ocean laat horen, dan kun je zelf beoordelen of dit iets voor je is. Als je er goedkoop tegen aan loopt moet je de gok maar eens wagen - ik denk dat je er geen spijt van krijgt.
Frank Morgan Trombone Panorama Jouw favoriete weblog. This album contains the third version of the Jazz Messengers. He would stay for two years in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Also Bobby Timmonsthe piano player was new in this band. He was responsable for the title tune Moanin' which would become the Jazz Messengers first hit and maybe the best known tune for Art Blakey to remember.
There are but few film fragments of this great all-star band, but I found a preview of this band playing in Belgiumwith a young 20 years old Lee Mor ganwho just finished his first professional job in Dizzy Gillespie's Big Band. Enjoy this preview, made a month after this Moanin' recording session - now 50 years ago. Have a good concert, Jorgelina, Ricardo and Sergio!
Jean-Luc Ponty - violin player. When I'm record hunting I sometimes find records that seem sometimes outside my range of vision. While playing classical music he learned to love the music as played by Miles Davis and John Coltrane and took up the clarinet and saxophone. He also learned to express himself in jazz on his major instrument: the violin. He had to make a choice; classical music or jazz musci and it became the latter mentioned style in music.
In the s pop artists like Elton John and Frank Zappa worked with him and asked him for tours. He got a record contract from Atlantic, which released a dozen albums. One of those albums is Enigmatic Ocean I found at a junk sale. This album became a hit and even reached the US top 40 in The music could be labeled as jazz-fushion and I really like it. Critics label say that his sound, the amplified violinis very prominent - forgetting the overall sound on those recordings.
I love to finish this small contribution with a film fragment of a performance in which Jean-Luc Ponty plays part of the tune Enigmatic Ocean. Hope you like it. It is one of those records in my collection I love to play now-and-thenalthough it is not the bread and butter in my collection If you happen to find a copy of this album - take it.
Walter Dobschinski is a well known name in German entertainment. He was born years agoon the 29th of October,in Berlin as Walter Dobrzynski. He became known as Max Telke pseudonym or Walter Dobschinski. He played the trombone and bass but was also known for his compositions and arrangments.
In the s he played with Kurt Hohenberger and made arrangements for bands like Teddy Stauffer.
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