Saturday, January 27, 2007

Roda do Choro

It is inevitable: Jacob do Bandolim passes by now and then; no wonder, as I think his music and compostions are great.

This time I found him on a 1960s LP titled Na Ronda Do Choro. The album contains 12 tunes by Jacob do Bandolim and his conjuncto.

Jacob do Bandolim was born as Jacob Pick Bittencourt in 1918 in Rio de Janeiro and passed away in 1969. He became the most famous bandolim player and composer of the past century. He composed 103 compositions that became the standard repertoire for the instrument. One of his most famous tunes he wrote in 1957 is titled Noites cariocas, which is on the LP too.

The title of the album, Na Roda do Choro, refers to the traditional social and musical gatherings that belong to the choro tradition. Musicians and fans come together and sit in a ring and make music. The young musicians learn that way how to play the choro music from the eldery and more skilled musicans. This is called a Roda do Choro.

I found such a Roda do Choro, where you can see how choro music used to be played. It is a fragment of the tune Vibracoes, composed by Jacob do Bandolim and played by the Sexteto Foltia Seca. The musicians are sitting in a circle. Enjoy the fragment.

Thanks Jo for pointing me to this interesting album.

Keep swinging

Hans Koert

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This contribution is also posted at the Keep swinging web log.



Blogger Jo said...

Thank you, Hans, for posting this entry about a great LP by Jacob do Bandolim. Unfortunately, this item has never been reissued, but some of the tracks are on the 3 cd-set by BMG/RCA, Brasil.
Thanks also for posting a video demonstrating the spirit of a roda da choro. It's amazing to a non-Brasilian to learn that people in Brasil are deeply devoted to a great music tradition and keep it alive during a roda da choro as this one. Even though these anonymous players probably are amateurs, the spirit of the music is kept well alive.


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