Choro is a Brazilian music style, very popular in the 1920s and 1930s, but still popular nowadays. This blog wants to share our passion for this music and its musicians like Pixinguinha, Jacob do Bandolim and Garoto, but also the contemporary generation of young talented musicans like Yamandú Costa.
Saturday, January 30, 2016
Déo Rian - 70 Anos
Déo Rian & Regional Imperial - Déo Rian - 70 Anos (Pór do Som, 2015)
A new CD celebrating the 70th years anniversary of the great bandolinistDéo Rian(b. 1944) was released last year by Pór do Som,Déo Rian & Regional Imperial- Déo Rian 70 Anos, available for purchase as mp3 downloadhere.
Déo Rian & Regional Imperial (promo photo)
The CD contains 14 tracks of delightful choro music in the great tradition fromConjunto Època de OuroandJacob do Bandolim, a must-have for every fan of this genuine Brazilian music. Déo Rian and his conjunto are excellent representatives for the classic choro tradition reaching back to the 1940s and the famous Regional of Benedito Lacerda and Pixinguinha, later continued by Canhoto e seu Regional which accompanied Jacob do Bandolim during the 1950s and start of the 1960s until the formation of conjunto Època de Ouro was established in 1964. After Jacob do Bandolim's passing in 1969 Déo Rian became the bandolinist of Època de Ouro and was a regular member of the ensemble until 1977. Déo Rian established his own career on record in 1970 with a LP devoted to music by Ernesto Nazareth and has since released several recordings in his own name, among them two volumes of unissued compositions by Jacob do Bandolim. In 2002, Déo Rian was among the initators of establishing the Instituo Jacob do Bandolim and since 2012 he has held the chair as director. More about Déo Rian's careerhere
Déo Rianis accompanied by hisRegional Imperialwhich includesJoão Camarero(violão de 7 cordas),Edu Guimarães(accordion, piano),Lucas Arantes(cavaquinho),Junior Pita(violão) andRafael Toledo(pandeiro),some tracks have guest appearance byAline Silveira(flute), Bruno Rian(violão tenor),Rafael Mallmith(violão) andMarcus Thadeu(percussion).The audio video inserted above is a composition collaborated by Déo Rian and João Camarero titled Déo Rian aos Setenta, which introduces the new CD. Here's another audio video promoting the CD, a composition titled Três Amigos by Jacob do Bandolim/Damázio Baptista in an arrangement by Déo Rian
Déo Rian and Regional Imperialpresented music from the new CD at Festival Sesc Choro da Casa 2015, a video sequence from the concert has been uploaded at YouTube and is inserted here to end this small presentation of theDéo Rian - 70 AnosCD
To accompany the seasonal holidays with music I have been listening to some recordings by the four musicians shown at the snapshot above from a live performance uploaded at YouTube. The quartet integtrates four musicians from the choro community of São Paulo. According to available info the quartet was formated in 2007 at the initiative of Danilo Britoto support live performance of choro music. The name of the quartet indeed expresses the long tradition of choro music performance. Quarteto Roda de Chorokeeps the tradition well alive, i.e. by inviting guest musicians to 'sit in' at their performances and of course by playing music from the huge repertoire of classic choro.
Quarteto Roda de Choro (promo photo)
Quarteto Roda de ChorointegratesLéo Rodrigues(pandeiro),Alexandre Ribeiro(clarinet),Luzinho 7 Cordas(violão 7 cordas) andMilton Mori(cavaquinho). Earlier this year the ensemble released its first CD containing eleven tracks of delightful music excellently performed.
CD front, Scubidu Records, SDU-020
The CD was recorded in 2013 and the repertoire of the eleven tracks was chosen from classic choros by renowned composers like Severino Araújo, Luiz Americano, Pixinguinha, Abel Ferreira, Altamiro Carrilho, Sivuca a.o.. One track was composed by Luzinho 7 Cordas, who also has emphazised that the aim of the group's performance is to reproduce the beauty of the chosen tunes with minimum improvisation. A tracklist is availablehere,and you have the opportunity to listen to all tracks in full lengthhere. - The CD may be purchased in the digipack formathere
Below I'll insert some examples of Quarteto Roda de Choro in live performance of music featured at the CD. - Here is first the ensemble's performance of Severino Araújo's Chorinho pra Você
Next Quarteto Roda de Choro performs Luiz Americano's É do que há
At the same Instrumental SESC live concert the quartet also performed Pixinguinha's Os oito batutas, here in combination with Lourival Oliveira's Corisco
The dance hall type of choro was also presented at the concert, here is Astor Silva's Chorinho na Gafieira performed by Quarteto Roda de Choro
To end this small review of Quarteto Roda de Choro, here is a performance of Jacob do Bandolim's Noites Cariocas (NB! not at the CD) featuring invited guest musiciansToninho Ferragutii(accordeon) and Nelson Ayres(piano)
I want to thank you readers for your support in 2015 and I wish all of youa Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year/Feliz Natal & Ano Novo 2016.
Trio Madeira Brasil (photo courtesy by Marcos Hermes)
Trio Madeira BrasilintegratesZé Paulo Becker(violão),Marcello Gonçalves(violão 7 cordas)andRonaldo do Bandolim(bandolim).The trio was formated in 1996 and released their debut CD in 1998. Since then the trio a.o. has participated inMika Kaurismekki'sdocumentaryBrasilerinho, Choro in Rio(2005), toured inside and outside Brazil and further recorded with other renowned Brazilian artists besides conducting individual careers. In 2013, the trio decided to make a DVD recording of a live performance to mark the 15. year of Trio Madeira Brasil's recording debut. The DVD has now been released by Som Livre, and extracts of the audio is available on a seperate CD issue.
Trio Madeira Brasil - Ao Vivo Em Copacabana, DVD
I haven't had an opportunity to view the recorded DVD yet, but it certainly ranks among my priority wishes for Christmas next month, so if someone would surprise me with a present for the holidays, now you know what would be much appreciated! - Anyway, the DVD has had a couple of presentations and reviews in Brazil, i.e. hereandhere. The contents comprises 15 recorded compositions, among them are both choros by Jacob do Bandolim, erudite pieces by Villa-Lobos, Manuel de Falla and instrumental compositions by Jobim, Gnattali and Chico Buarque - a tracklist is featured in the first link above. Yamandú Costaparticipates as a guest artist in some of the recorded pieces.
CD front of extracted audio from the DVD
I have been listening to the audio available at the CD that was extracted from the DVD recording (- the CD may be accessed for listening at Spotify and other streaming audio services). My impression of the music is that these extremely talented musicians have performed a magnificent concert that may be listened to over and over again thanks to the trio's phenomenal interplay and the virtuosity of each single member of the ensemble, this live recording definitly marks a peak point of Trio Madeira Brasil'scareer - highly recommended, indeed! - The DVD may be purchasedhereand the CD is available for purchase as download here.
To end this small presentation, I'll insert an uploaded video from YouTube featuring Trio Madeira Brasil in a live performance at Instrumental SESC, Rio de Janeiro from about the same time as the just released DVD concert. The complete show at Instrumental SESC has been uploaded, so sit back and enjoy the performance
Radamés Gnattali(1906-1988) is an important figure in Brazilian music. A classically trained composer, conductor, orchestrator, and arranger, he worked for a living in the popular side of the business, deeply influencing Brazilian popular music with his arrangements and conceptions. His compositions, both in the erudite and popular fields, concurred to bridge the gap between the two idioms. Gnattali was known as a talented arranger and was hired by many of the best popular musicians and radio stations to produce arrangements. He embraced the sound of American swing and jazz and added American jazz harmonies to his sophisticated arrangements. Gnattali's work expanded the scope of Brazilian popular music, through his work he added legitimacy to instrumental popular music such as choro and related genres. As a performer of popular music, he played the piano in his own combos during the 1950s and 1960s and made records of his own compositions and arrangements with both quartet, quintet and sextet. Together with his famous Suite Retratos, originally written for symphony orchestra and featuring Jacob do Bandolimas soloist, a selection of Gnattali's compositions have been re-arranged and recorded by a young ensemble from Belo Horizonte that is named Toca de Tatu.
Grupo Toca de Tatu (photo: Fabiano Campbell)
Toca de Tatuis a quartet comprisingLucas Ladeia(cavaquinho),Abel Borges(percussion),Luísa Mitre (piano, accordion) andLucas Telles(violão 7 cordas) and in 2013 the ensemble released its debut cd titledMeu Amigo Radamésfeaturing thirteen tracks of instrumental music from the popular works of Radamés Gnattali including a couple of compositions dedicated to Gnattali - the title track was composed byAntônio Carlos Jobimand the other homage to Gnattali is Paulinho da Viola's Sarau para Radamés.The arrangements are by the ensemble, four very skilled musicians.
CD front, Toca de Tatu, Meu Amigo Radamés (2013)
The CD is for purchase at the official website of Toca de Tatu, more infohereand you have the opportunity to listen to a selection of the recordings at Sound Cloud including free download of some tracks,here. Below I'll insert some examples of the music that have been uploaded at YouTube from the release concert of the CD to give you an impression of this excellent young ensemble. - Here is first Toca de Tatu's interpretation of Gnattali's Remexendo
The title track of the CD, Meu Amigo Radamés by Tom Jobim, was of course also performed at the same concert
Alma Brasileira by Radamés Gnattali is a very beutiful choro, here performed by Toca de Tatu
A tour-de-force for piano is Gnattali's Gatinhos no piano, a composition inspired by the American novelty ragtime composer Zez Confrey's Kitten On The Keys, here performed by Toca de Tatu
Earlier this year Toca de Tatu visited France, and from one of the group's performances in Paris I'll end this small presentation inserting Toca de Tatu's version of Radamés Gnattali's famous piece, Pixinguinha, from his Retratos suite
Thank you toOscar Barahonafor introducing me toToca de Tatuand forwarding relevant info.
A young generation of musicians in Brazil keeps choro music and its long tradition well alive by playing the music of the old masters and further by adding new compositions and arrangements of previously unissued music to the classic repertoire. Among these dedicated young musicians I recently encountered the conjuntoÁgua de Vintémwhile browsing various Brazilian web resources.According to the official website,Água de Vintémwas established in 2011 and all members are from Piracicaba of the São Paulo state. The original formation of the conjunto consisted ofVitor Casagrande(bandolim, violão tenor),Paula Borghi(violão),Guilherme Soares(violão 7 cordas),Saulo Ligo(cavaco) andXeina Barros(pandeiro) while the present formation has replaced Paula Borghi with Marcus Godoy, who plays the violão 7 cordas, and Guilherme Soares now takes care of the violão. - Conjunto Água de Vintém has performed alongside established musicians such as Toninho Carrasqueira, Pedro Amorim, Alessandro Penezzi, Nailor Proveta, Toninho Ferragutti, Antonio Rocha, Achilles Moraes, Ronaldo Bandolim, Mauricio Carrilho, Alexandre Ribeiro, Cristóvão Bastos and Déo Rian. In 2013, the ensemble recorded its first CD for the Acari label, produced by Mauricio Carrilho.
CD front, Café da Dona Chica (Acari, 2013)
The CD has twelve tracks, eleven of them are compositions by members of the conjunto while the remaining is byMauricio Carrilho, who also participates as a musician in the recording. Mauricio Carrilho ranks the ensemble as one of the best young choro groups. Quote: "I was struck by the synchrony with the space occupied by each instrument as well with the individual quality of each member always being used in favor of the collective language of the group. That makes a big difference and never decreases the individual brilliance of soloists and accompanists. The repertoire consisting of material by the young members, shows how the rich and mysterious language of choro is part of the essence of each of them. Rhythm, expressiveness, dynamics, improvisation, is a feast to the sound of this group. I consider Água de Vintém as one of the best ensembles in the new generation of choro musicians" (Mauricio Carrilho). - From the recording of the CD, here is the ensemble in consentrated action recording the title track, Café da Dona Chica
As mentioned, the CDCafé da Dona Chicawas recorded and issued in 2013, it is availablehere, and you have the opportunity to listen to some of the tracks at Sound Cloud,here
CD front, Água de Vintém interpreta Sergio Belluco (AdV 001), Tratore, 2015
Last month Água de Vintém released its second CD, the above shownÁgua de Vintém interpreta Sergio Belluco. The CD has 14 tracks and the repertoire is solely devoted to previously unissued compositions by Sergio Belluco in arrangements by Água de Vintém.Sergio Belluco(b.1931) is a key figure in Piracicaba, where he has held the chair as a professor of the violão at important institutions and schools of music for decades. In the 1970s Belluco led his own conjuntoSom Brasileiro, who hadAlessandro Penezziamong its members for some time - Penezzi further was taught violão by Belluco and he also participates in the new CD by Água de Vintém in a couple of tracks. The material for the CD consists of compositions in the classic choro genre, and it's a sheer joy to be listening to the interepretation of the featured pieces by Água de Vintém - here's an uploaded example
The new CD by conjunto Água de Vintém is available for purchase as download in mp3 format here- Below I'll insert a couple more examples of uploaded videos featuring music available at the CD. Here is Água de Vintém performing Sergio Belluco's Dialogando at the release concert of the CD (Rafel Toledo, percussion, is added to the ensemble)
From the same concert, here is Água de Vintém performing Melancólico by Sergio Belluco
I highly recommend the two issued CDs by conjuntoÁgua de Vintém, the sound of the ensemble reminds me of the best recordings by classic choro ensembles likeÉpoca de Ouroand the conjunto of bandolinistRossini Ferreira a.o.. It's great to experience that this tradition is being continued and taken good care of by the competent, young musicians who integrate the conjuntoÁgua de Vintém!
Today it has been 46 years since Jacob do Bandolim (1918 - 1969) passed away following a heart attack. The choro community lost one of its greatest contributors - both as a musician, composer, researcher and tireless spokesman in favor of choro. The importance of Jacob do Bandolim's contributions to choro and this genuine Brazilian music tradition is at the same level as Pixinguinha's, fortunately his musical legacy has been kept well alive by countless followers among musicians in and outside Brazil, and thanks to Jacob's endeavors the bandolim has become a respected member of the standard choro ensemble. In 2002 theInstituto Jacob do Bandolimwas established to preserve his work, a website devoted to everything concerning his life and work was launched (- a new design of the site is completed recently, take a lookhere), and last year Museu da Imagem e do Som (MIS) initiated a project with the aim of digitizing Jacob do Bandolim's own archive - a website devoted to
this project has also been launched, accessiblehere
Here I like to remember the importance of Jacob do Bandolim by inserting some examples of his music below, let's start with aDoce de Coco
Next follows the inevitable and immortalNoites cariocas, the original version from 1957
Here is the 1961 version of Jacob'sAssanhado
Finally, to end this - here is Jacob's 1962 recording ofA ginga do Mané
Paola Picherzky - Armando Neves, Outras Composições
Armando Neves (Armandinho), 1902-1976
The works for solo violão byArmando Neves(Armandinho) have been rediscovered in recent years and widely appreciated thanks to the CD recording of a selection of his choros byPaola Picherzkyin 2008. I made a small review of the CD earlier,here-You have the opportunity to listen to the full album at YouTube,here.
A career profile of Armando Neves (- in Portuguese) is availablehere, and a short profile of Paola Picherzky (- in English) is availablehere.
CD front, Armando Neves, Outras Composições Indepente (Tratore), 2015
Earlier this year Paola Picherzky released the new CD shown above featuring fifteen more compositions for solo violão by Armando Neves, a great supplement to her recording of eighteen of his choros from 2008. The new CD includes only one composition registered as a choro (Choro 7), the remaining tracks are devoted to compositions in other musical genres such as Canção, Valsa, Maxixe, Estudio, Preludio and Gavota, or to music with individual titles but without the stating of the genre. A tracklist of the featured repertoire is availablehere
The interpretation of the music at the CD is excellent and done with empathy and flawless mastery of the technical challenges, the result is a very listenable CD that highlights both the beauty of Armando Neves' compositions and Paola Picherzky's capacity as a guitarist and soloist. The CD is highly recommended and is available for purchase as download in mp3 formathere
- To end this, I insert Paola Picherzsky's interpretation of Armando Neves' well known Choro nº2, here from a TV presentation - enjoy!