Archive for November, 2009

Rabo de Lagartixa to release new CD

November 23, 2009 Comments Off on Rabo de Lagartixa to release new CD News

The great choro novo group from Rio de Janeiro, Rabo de Lagartixa, will release their new CD, “O Papagaio do Moleque — a música de Villa-Lobos” (Biscoito Fino) on December 4 and 5 in the Sala Baden Powell.

For a taste of Villa-Lobos as interpreted by Rabo de Lagartixa, click here.

What is an “orquestra típica”?

November 19, 2009 Comments Off on What is an “orquestra típica”? News

Orquestra típica, or simply a típica, is a Latin-American term for a band which plays popular music.

In Argentina, a típica is a tango orchestra that comprises a string section (with violins, viola, and cello), a bandoneón section (with 3 or more bandoneons), and a rhythm section (with piano, and double bass).

There was a time when large tango orchestras could be found in every venue of Buenos Aires. The powerful, unmistakable sound of the orquesta típica was the force that propelled tango through its golden age and provided its iconic sound. Unfortunately, as social, political, and economic forces fragmented and transformed the tango culture of Argentina, the grand orchestras of the ’40s and ’50s gradually gave way to quartets, trios, and duos — when not replaced by recorded music altogether.

But even during periods of decline the music, dance, and culture were sustained and cultivated in Argentina and in communities all over the world, by dedicated “tangueros” who share a passion for this great tradition. Thanks to their efforts, in recent decades tango has awakened from dormancy and slowly regained the vitality and innovation of its earlier days.

Today we can say that tango is alive, but is still missing the omnipresence of the great voice to proclaim “Soy el Tango”— the voice of the tango orchestra.

In the United States, Hector Del Curto’s “Eternal Tango Orchestra” is a rare find among tango ensembles. Hector himself is a bandoneonist who performed in the orquestra of the great Osvaldo Pugliese before coming to live in New York.

Osvaldo Pugliese Orquestra:

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Hector Del Curto’s “Eternal Tango Orchestra”:

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Historic Sounds of Newport are now online

November 18, 2009 Comments Off on Historic Sounds of Newport are now online News

The New York Times reports on this new treasure trove of historic jazz. . .

ARTS / MUSIC | November 11, 2009
Historic Sounds of Newport, Newly Online
By BEN RATLIFF
The recorded past of the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals has suddenly been thrown open, thanks to the online archive Wolfgang’s Vault.  [more]

Martinho . . . and Mart’nália

November 17, 2009 Comments Off on Martinho . . . and Mart’nália News

Martinho da Vila won the 2009 Latin Grammy for Best Samba/Pagode album with “O Pequeno Burguês.” You can find a complete list of winners here.

Martinho da Vila’s daughter is Mart’nália.  More about how she carries the great samba tradition into the next generation. . .  here!

And New York has its own award-winning samba/pagode group, Grupo Saveiro!

“Carnival” or “Carnaval”? And when is it in 2010?

November 17, 2009 Comments Off on “Carnival” or “Carnaval”? And when is it in 2010? News

In English, it’s “Carnival,” but in Portuguese it’s spelled “Carnaval.”  But however you spell it, it’s the world’s greatest party.

2010 Carnival starts on Friday, February 12th and ends on Fat Tuesday, February 16th.

Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, São Paulo and Olinda all host major carnaval events, each with its own style of music and parading.

In the United States, the biggest Carnaval celebration is in Austin, Texas, which for 33 years has hosted “Carnaval Brasileiro” where our own “Beleza Brazil” carnaval band is the main musical attraction.  This year, even though it doesn’t exactly coincide with carnaval, it will be held on February 20 at the Palmer Events Center in Austin.

More on carnaval as it gets closer. . .

Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra at Jazz Gallery in New York Jan. 15-16, 2010

November 17, 2009 Comments Off on Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra at Jazz Gallery in New York Jan. 15-16, 2010 News

The Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra will be back at Jazz Gallery on Friday and Saturday, January 15-16, 2010 performing work from their latest CD, “El Viaje,” as well as new work including “El Campo” and more. Sets at 9 and 10:30 PM.

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Video of Ulisses Rocha performing in Switzerland

November 17, 2009 Comments Off on Video of Ulisses Rocha performing in Switzerland News

From our own Trio 202, the great Brazilian guitarist Ulisses Rocha performing in Switzerland

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Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra in November “Downbeat”

November 12, 2009 Comments Off on Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra in November “Downbeat” News

We’re really excited about the feature article on Pedro Giraudo in the “Players” section of the November issue of Downbeat that’s on newsstands now:

“an opulent listening experience of modern, orchestral jazz, brimming with passionate improvisions, deliberate contrapuntal melodies and plush harmonies.”

—John Murph, Downbeat Magazine

More on the death of Neguinho do Samba

November 11, 2009 Comments Off on More on the death of Neguinho do Samba News

As previously posted, the great Brazilian drummer known as Neguinho do Samba died on October 31 in Savador, Bahia.  His contributions to the world of music reach from Olodum to Paul Simon to Michael Jackson.  More background can be accessed online in The New York Times obituary.

A great Rio tradition: 6:45 PM (“Projeto Quase Sete”)

November 11, 2009 Comments Off on A great Rio tradition: 6:45 PM (“Projeto Quase Sete”) News

In the Praza Onze in Rio, near the center of the city and close to a Métro stop, every Thursday at 6:45 PM there’s a free performance at the Teatro Gonzaguinha — a great way to end the work day before entering the subway and going home.  A wonderful tradition, don’t you think?  And wouldn’t it be great if we could have something like it here in New York — especially with the quality of talent you find in Rio as part of the “Projeto Quase Sete.”  The project has the support of the Prefeitura do Rio (How about it Mayor Bloomberg?)   [more information]