Brazilian Culture

Anat Cohen - The Israeli Clarinetist and her love for Choro go to the Grammys

Choro is a popular music genre that was created in the streets of Rio de Janeiro in the late 19th century. For its lively melodies, it is still cultivated and appreciated in these Brazilian shores and abroad. It was her love for the genre that paved the way for the the virtuoso clarinetist Anat Cohen's two nominations for the 2018 Grammy Award -- Best Latin Jazz album and the best World Music album.

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Bossa Nova Festival in France

Currently the only festival dedicated to the Brazilian genre in Europe, the "Festival Bossa-Nova" happens in the city of Thiais (in the metropolitan region of Paris) from Nov. 23rd to Dec. 12th. The nith edition of the event, organized by the Jazzonotes association, will open with a photo exhibit dedicated to the French singer, composer and guitar player Henri Salvador. The artist lived for a brief period in the city of Rio de Janeiro and would be celebrating his 100th birthday this year.

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Latin Grammy Prepares Special Honors to João Bosco

The composer and musician João Bosco will receive a lifetime achievement awards in 2017's Latin Grammy Award festivities. The ceremony will take place this next November 15th.

The artist will receive the lifetime award after having received eight grammy nominations throughout his career. The induction comes in the year he launched an album after an eight-year hiatus, the acclaimed "Mano que zuera", which succeeds the also highly praised "Não vou pro céu, mas vivo no chão".

João Bosco will not be alone in this celebration. The Latin Grammy tradition is to pay homage to artists from all over the Americas. This year's the lifetime achievement award will also be given to Lucecita Benítez from Puerto Rico, the Spanish duo Los Del Río, Venezuela's Ilan Chester, Victor Heredia from Argentina, Guadalupe Pineda from Mexico and the dominican Cuco Valoy.

The lifetime achievement celebrations will be awarded at a special closed ceremony in Las Vegas, as part of the 18th Latin Grammy Award Week.

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Rogério Souza and Tiago do Bandolim's Choro and Samba US Tour

The Rogério Souza, the virtuoso guitar from "Nó em Pingo D'Água" band, will tour the US with his nephew Tiago do Bandolim, mandolin player between October 20th and November 5h.

The arranger, composer and guitarist Rogério Souza played and recorded with Brazilian greats such as Baden Powell, Turíbio Santos, Raphael Rabello and Dino 7 Cordas, Leila Pinheiro, Paulinho da Viola, and Ivan Lins.

Tiago Souza, who, in a typical Brazilian popular music tradition carries his instrument as a surname, is known as Tiago do Bandolim. He "grew up" musically in the post-Lapa rebirth generation of musicians and is a member of the Semente Choro-jazz group headed by Zé Paulo Becker. In 2017 he launched this debut solo album "De Solsaio", a collection of contemporary and traditional Choros.

Check out the duo's schedule in the US:

Confirmed dates:
Yale University (New Haven) - Oct. 25th.
Georgetown University (Washington) - Oct. 27th.

Check the artists'' facebook pages for additional dates at:
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (Texas)
New York
Filadelfia

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New York's Brasil Summer Fest 2017! Starts Tomorrow!

The largest Brazilian music event in the city of New York starts this August 5th. The festival will hold various movies and concerts throughout its 8 days. The festival opening will happen in New York's Central Park, the Brazilian music icon Elza Soares will play the tunes from her latest album "A Mulher do Fim do Mundo"; the concert will feature the band Liniker e os Caramelows.

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National "Choro" day celebrates "Carinhoso's" 100th year

The observance of the National "Choro" Day was institute in the year 2000 to celebrate the birthday of Alfredo da Rocha Viana, the artist known as Pixinguinha. Musician, arranger and composer, Pixinguinha is on the the pillars of Brazilian music and the greatest name of this musical genre. This year's Choro day will host a special celebration for the 120th years of Pixinguinha's birth and the 100th year-anniversary of one of this main pieces: Carinhoso.

Ah, se tu soubesses...

Pixinguinha contributed to Brazilian music history with more than hundred pieces; among the the most celebrated and well-known is "Carinhoso". The piece was originally composed as an instrumental tune in 1917, and in the 30s got lyrics from the composer Braguinha. It became an instant hit in 1937 in the voice of Orlando Silva, known as "the singer of the masses" for his huge radio success.

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Gilberto Gil - North American Tour 2015

The revolutionary Brazilian artist Gilberto Gil takes to the United States and Canada the show "Gilbertos Samba", inspired on his last album of the same name that pays homage to another Brazilian master -- João Gilberto.

Gil has been an artist of great impact in Brazilian music since the 60's when, together with Caetano Veloso, lead the Tropicalismo movement, which in its musical arm mashed the pop world sounds of the 60's to Brazilian traditional rhythms. Gilberto Gil has kept his creative stream flowing and throughout the decades composed, played and mixed different creating his global brand of Brazilian music. 

Do not miss the opportunity to see Gil at the following theaters: 

April Country Cidades (Estado) Local Programação
01 USA Champaign (IL) Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts - University of Illinois Workshop: Música e Cultura Brasileira
03 USA Ann Arbor (MI) UMMA Auditorium, University Musical Society  Interview: Gilberto Gil

04 USA Ann Arbor (MI) Hill Auditorium Show solo
07 Canada Toronto Koerner Hall Show Gilbertos Samba
08 Canada Montreal Maisonneuve Theatre Show Gilbertos Samba
11 USA Seattle (WA) Meany Hall Show Gilbertos Samba
12 Canada Vancouver (BC) Chan Centre: Show Gilbertos Samba
15 USA Santa Cruz (CA) Rio Theatre Show Gilbertos Samba
16 USA San Francisco (CA) Davies Symphony Hall Show Gilbertos Samba
18 USA Los Angeles (CA) Royce Hall Show Gilbertos Samba
20 USA Burlington (VT) Flynn Theatre Show Gilbertos Samba
23 USA New York (NY) Town Hall Show Gilbertos Samba
24 USA Washington (DC) Lisner Auditorium Show Gilbertos Samba
26 USA Miami (FL) Knight Concert Hall Show Gilbertos Samba

 More about Gilberto Gil at the site http://www.gilbertogil.com.br/

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