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

Video: 3 Original Brazilian Tunes - Piano/Marimba Duo

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Last Friday I was delighted to be able to perform 3 of my original Brazilian tunes at a faculty recital at MacPhail Center for Music (where I teach), joined by my friend Jenny Klukken on marimba. We had a blast putting these arrangements together - it was fascinating to figure out how to layer our parts, considering that both piano and marimba have so many possibilities for combining notes.  

The first one, Gingando (which I posted a solo piano version of back in December), is an uptempo Brazilian choro, and Gingando is one of those words that doesn't directly translate, but means "grooving" or "swinging. 

In case you're wondering, "What's a choro?", there are different types - many have a very fast tempo like this one. See here and here for more background on Brazilian choro, and watch the amazing documentary: The Sound of Rio: Brasileirinho.

Anelante (Wishful/Wistful) is a different, slower type of Brazilian choro: choro serenata. This piece has traditional choro form (AABACA), but not traditional choro harmonic progressions - it has a healthy dose of Debussy influence in there, too!

Brincalhão (Playful) has sections of both maxixe and samba. What's a maxixe, you ask? It's a dance from the mid-1800s that was sometimes also called Brazilian tango (and developed alongside the Argentinean tango) - check out the composer Ernesto Nazareth, who wrote many of them. 

Thanks for checking out these videos - wishing you a peaceful weekend with hints of spring (but if not, the Brazilian music always helps)!

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!)