Brazilian Music Friday Feature #36

Today's pick is Corta-Jaca, a maxixe written by the composer and pianist Chiquinha Gonzaga in 1895, and sung by Lysia Condé in this more modernized version. The maxixe (sometimes called Brazilian tango) was a dance that came from the Afro-Brazilianization of the polka after Europeans brought it to Brazil, and which eventually evolved into samba. Chiquinha Gonzaga wrote in many styles, and was also Brazil's first woman conductor of an orchestra, breaking many gender barriers at the time - an awesome lady! 

Below is a more traditional, instrumental version of Corta-Jaca, a recording from the early 20th century.

Enjoy the song, and your weekend!

Brazilian Music Friday Feature #35

Today's pick is the classic choro Lamentos by Pixinguinha, played by Choronas, an all-female choro group that started in 1994 in São Paulo, and are still active today. They also play baião, maxixe, and samba as part of their repertoire. You can listen to all of their SESC Brasil appearance in this playlist, too. 

Enjoy the song, and your weekend!

Brazilian Music Friday Feature #34

Happy June! During this month, (and maybe the whole summer if I'm on a roll!), I'll be featuring only music performed or composed by women.

Today's pick is the classic choro Brasileirinho, played by Choro das Tres, made up of 3 sisters and their dad, who have now been performing for 15 years, with 5 albums to their name. I've always liked the energy of this tune.  

They're apparently touring the U.S. during the second half of 2017, and I'm hoping they'll make it to Minneapolis! 

What live music are you excited to see this summer?

Enjoy the song, and your weekend!

Brazilian Music Friday Feature #33

Today's pick is Sonhando Acordado (Sleeping Awake) by Arismar do Espírito Santo. I think that I played this one in his ensemble class at California Brazil Camp in 2012 (or at least I have a chart for it, I can't remember which). This performance on SESC Brazil features many great musicians, including Léa Freire on piano! 

I also just discovered that he has a newer album (2015), Roda Gingante, that I haven't heard yet - I'll have to listen to it over the long weekend. 

What are you going to listen to this weekend to relax and welcome the beginning of summer?

Enjoy the song, and your weekend!

Brazilian Music Friday Feature #32

This week's pick is Anat Cohen with Trio Brasileiro playing Choro Pesado, a track from their new album Rosa Dos Ventos that was recently released. This is a great song, but my favorite part is the looks that all the musicians are giving each other, clearly enjoying themselves so much! That's one of the side effects of Brazilian music: uncontrollable smiling. 

I'm also really excited to see her with Choro Aventuroso at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival in June (which is free!)

What live music are you most excited to see this summer? Tell me about it in the comments!

Enjoy the music, and your weekend!