🇬🇧 From the most original rhythms, strongest contrasts, Brazilian Northeast is a land of intriguing culture. Throughout this episode (and its second part), note how a lot resembles classical music, either in instruments or in group formations. And these geniuses play it with frevo and maracatu! Ariano Suassuna and his league founded the Armorial movement in the 1970s providing the ideological DNA for this mix. From there, Antônio Madureira, Antônio Nóbrega, Capiba, Cussy de Almeida and later Sergio Campelo managed to originally fuse everything with style and extreme beauty. Honorable mention to Madureira who started the extraordinary Armorial Quintet and later Romançal, provided memorable compositions that continue to influence a legion of artists who deserve all the spotlights. The armorial style compositions, even without lyrics, seem to tell epical stories, like movies. It is a privilege to be close to all of this. But we don’t stop here. The more universal Brazilian Instrumental music practically came to life through the hands of northeastern Hermeto Pascoal and Heraldo do Monte when they formed the Novo Quartet in the 1960s, also represented in this 2 episodes. Since then, dear northeastern people traveled the world, cooked more musical deliciousness and here they are with Sivuca, in Jacaré‘s mandolin, Fernando Melo (from Duofel) and many others. Special attention to the sound of the Brazilian Viola spread in this episodes — which is commonly associated with the caipira scene in the Southeast and Middle West — has a completely refreshed incarnation in the Northeast, called repente.
🇬🇧 Joyce Moreno, or just Joyce, globally recognized for her Bossa Nova tunes, writes, plays and sings music non stop since the 60s. Her scat works (singing without lyrics) is huge and original. One of my preferred compositions is Feijão com Arroz, from one of the albums she released with her husband, the drummer Tutty Moreno. There is also Ulisses Rocha, one of our acoustic guitar colossus, playing one of his most complex compositions. His perfectionism is absolutely impressive. Then we visit the extraordinary Quinteto Armorial in the 70s for a taste of how they left their mark forever in the Northeast music. Heading South, we stop in Rio for a nostalgic composition of K-Ximbinho by Zé da Velha e Silvério Pontes. We also visit Neymar Dias, versatile multi-instrumentist from São Paulo’s music scene that explores new possibilities for the Brazilian viola. And then we arrive in Rio Grande do Sul for a modern execution of an Hermeto Pascoal theme written for and played by Renato Borghetti. This is beautiful episode, enjoy !