New Sheet Music: Borboleta Azul

Introducing September's new release in my sheet music store: Borboleta Azul (Blue Butterfly). Like last month's new release, Baião da Bicicleta, this tune features baião rhythms, but also switches back and forth between that samba rhythms - it's a favorite of mine! 

Below is a preview of this track with percussion, which will be on my soon-to-be-released album of original Brazilian compositions and arrangements, Florescer, coming in October 2018! 

Borboleta Azul is available as a lead sheet for $2.99, and makes a great companion to Baião da Bicicleta.

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You can also check out the other pieces in my store (lead sheets and piano pieces) here

New Sheet Music: Baião Da Bicicleta

Introducing August's new release in my sheet music store: Baião da Bicicleta. Baião is a type of rhythm from Pernambuco in northeast Brazil, which is found in forró, coco, and other genres, and usually uses the zabumba, a type of bass drum with an awesome name. 

It was hard to name, but I kept getting images of determined bikers while listening to it, so…Baião da Bicicleta it is!

Below is a short version of this piece that gives an idea of what the head (melody) sounds like. 

Baião da Bicicleta is available as a lead sheet (with fully notated bassline, if you like that sort of thing) for $2.99, and the full version, with solos and all, will be appearing on my upcoming album of original Brazilian compositions and arrangements, Florescer, which will be released in October 2018!

Each month I publish one new piece - if you want to stay in the know about new releases, hop on my mailing list at the bottom of this post!

You can also check out the other pieces in my store (lead sheets and piano pieces) here

New Sheet Music: Maracatu do Manatim (Lead Sheet)

Introducing July's new release in my sheet music store: Maracatu do Manatim (Manatee). Maracatu is an Afro-Brazilian style of music played at Carnaval parades in Recife, Brazil, which you can learn more about here. It typically has a much faster tempo, but for a manatee-themed tune, I think a slower groove works!

This song came out of one of my composition prompts (from my free 5-day email bite-size composition challenge) to write an ostinato about an animal. I selected manatee (because who doesn't like manatees?!), and somehow it ended up sounding like a 70s cop show, so naturally, it became Donald the Crime-Fighting Manatee.

Well, Donald has recently moved to Recife, Brazil, and become infused with maracatu rhythm. I'm not sure if he's been solving any crimes there, but he is having a great time, and is super excited to appear on my upcoming album in October 2018, with lots of percussion! 

Maracatu do Manatim is available as a lead sheet for $2.99, and will be appearing on my upcoming album of my original Brazilian compositions and arrangements, which will be released in October!

Each month I publish one new piece - if you want to stay in the know about new releases, hop on my mailing list at the bottom of this post!

You can also check out the other pieces in my store (lead sheets and piano pieces) here

New Sheet Music: Tico Tico No Fuba Piano Arrangement

Introducing June's new release in my sheet music storeTico Tico No Fuba, arranged for solo piano!

This song was made famous by Carmen Miranda in the movie Copacabana in 1947, and the title translates to Sparrow in the Cornmeal (who needs to be shooed out of the food supply!)

Here's a video of me performing it a few years ago: 

Tico Tico No Fuba is available as a fully-notated piano piece for $4.99, and will be appearing on my upcoming album of my original Brazilian compositions and arrangements, which you can pre-order through June 19!

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Each month I publish one new piece - if you want to stay in the know about new releases, hop on my mailing list at the bottom of this post!

You can also check out the other pieces in my store (lead sheets and piano pieces) here

New Sheet Music: Brincalhão (A Maxixe-Samba)

Introducing May's new release in my sheet music store

Brincalhão, a Brazilian lead sheet that switches back and forth between an asymmetrical maxixe (AKA Brazilian tango) and samba. Brincalhão means "playful" in Portuguese, and I think you'll see why I named it that!

Here's a video of Jenny Klukken and I performing it earlier this year: 

Brincalhão is available as a lead sheet for $2.99, and will be appearing on my upcoming album of my original Brazilian compositions and arrangements, which you can pre-order starting May 29!

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Each month I publish one new piece - if you want to stay in the know about new releases, hop on my mailing list at the bottom of this post!

You can also check out the other pieces in my store (lead sheets and piano pieces) here

New Sheet Music: On the Green Line (A Minimalist Piano Piece in 7/8)

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Introducing April's new release in my sheet music store

On the Green Line, a sort of minimalist piano piece in 7/8 time that also has a little Eastern-European-flavored section in the middle. It was inspired by the dinging of the Green Line train that connects Minneapolis and St. Paul (which is right outside my window, and such a regular occurrence that I don't actively hear it most of the time!) The 6-beat dinging pattern continues throughout the piece, but changes in various ways. ⠀

It's available as a piano piece for $3.99, and, bonus, if you buy two pieces or more, I’ll send you the piano print below for free! (Add the piano print to your cart, and use the code FREEPRINT.)⠀⠀

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Each month I publish one new piece - May's release is going to be a fun one from my upcoming Brazilian album! 

Check out the other pieces in my store (lead sheets and piano pieces) here

New Sheet Music: Possibilities (A Jazz Waltz)

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Introducing the latest new release in my sheet music store: 

Possibilities, a jazz waltz that has drawn comparison to the cheerier music of Vince Guaraldi (unintentionally, but happily). It makes me visualize a day with a clear blue sky, or even a dreary day when you're so excited by the future that it doesn't matter!

If you're a jazz person, I have a lead sheet for you, and if you prefer fully notated piano music, I have that, too - you get both for just $2.99! 

And, bonus, I've extended my sale - if you buy two pieces or more, I’ll send you a piano print for free! (Add the piano print to your cart, and use the code FREEPRINT.)

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Each month I publish one new piece - April's is going to be a fun one, too! 

Check out the other pieces in my store (lead sheets and piano pieces) here

My Sheet Music Store is Live!

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I am excited to announce that my sheet music store is finally live, with 5 pieces available!

So far, they’re a mix of piano pieces and lead sheets:

  • Gingando, an uptempo Brazilian choro (lead sheet)
  • Centimonk, a piece dedicated to Thelonious Monk on his 100th birthday (lead sheet)
  • Anelante, a Brazilian choro serenata (both in lead sheet format, and fully notated for piano)
  • Rusty’s Dream, a funny little chase/pounce adventure about my cat (piano piece)
  • Before the Bright Leaves, a nostalgic autumn-themed waltz (piano piece)

Also, I have some 5x7 postcards with a print of a piano drawing that I created:

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Best of all, everything is under $5! And, during the month of February, for every order of 2 pieces or more, I’ll send you a piano print for free! (Add the piano print to your cart, and use the code FREEPRINT.)

I'll be publishing one new piece at the beginning of each month going forward. I'm really looking forward to getting back into a good writing habit again - editing music and setting up this store took up most of my extra time lately. 

Now it's time to relax (and not open up Sibelius again for a while)! 

Wishing you a great weekend, whether you're on Team Super Bowl or Team Kitten Bowl (guess which one I am!)