Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Ritmo e groove

Last May, I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Brazil to study their music and experience their jazz culture.

It is fascinating how rhythm is utilized in every form of music I encountered. I've begun to wonder how rhythm and groove plays a role their brass chamber music writing--especially the Baião rhythmic formula. I can see how some of the defining characteristics of percussion in Brazil might translate to brass writing....

Check out the Baião rhythm being demonstrated by this percussionist on the pandeiro.
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Annnnnd...more to come on rhythm/groove and the as it applies to brass pieces in my next post. Obrigada pela leitura!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Bem vindos ao meu blog!

Welcome brass playing friends!

I am looking forward to researching and studying brass music of Brazil (and other parts of South America) over the next few weeks. I will be posting my thoughts about style, sound, repertoire and performance personality here on a bi-weekly basis--so check back soon.