Sunday, April 23, 2017

Pixinguinha 120 - Choro Day

Pixinguinha (1897-1973)
April 23rd is the official Dia Nacional do Choro in Brazil since 2000 in honor of the birthday of Alfredo da Rocha Vianna Filho, better known as Pixinguinha (1897-1973) - one of the all time greatest Brazilian artists, who helped creating and shaping Choro in its present form. This year is a special year, as Pixinguinha would have turned 120 years of age, and this fact will be celebrated in several ways all over Brazil. For instance, the Instituto Moreira Salles (IMS) has kept the archieve of Pixinguinha since 2000 - accessible here - and yesterday a new site dedicated to the 120 years of Pixinguinha was launched by IMS, here 
The new site dedicated to Pixinguinha at IMS
Here at the Choro music blog we will celebrate the 120 years of Pixinguinha and his importance in Brazilian music culture by giving access to some of his music as played by skilled musicians from uploaded video performances at You Tube. - Here is first a live performance of Cochichando as played by Nailor Proveta, Pedro Amorim and the Regional Imperial in 2012

From the same live performance, here is Proveta and Regional Imperial's interpretation of Pixinguinha's Quem é você? 

From a 2011 concert, Regional Imperial accompanies bandolinista Luis Barcelos in a reading of Pixinguinha's Minha Gente 

From the same concert, Luis Barcelos and Regional Imperial play Pixinguinha's Acerta o passo 

From an Instrumental SESC Brasil live performance 2010, Danilo Brito and ensemble play Pixinguinha's Ingênuo 

Finally, from the same live performance, Danilo Brito and ensemble play Pixinguinha/Benedito Lacerda's 1X0 (Um a Zero)