Drummer John Densmore of the Doors talks about the inspiration of bossa nova on “Break On Through To The Other Side”
We spoke to Hummingbird Productions Bob Farnsworth on the production of Coke Brazil written by Terry Coffey and featuring the percussion work of the brilliant Paulinho Da Costa.
Siedah Garrett sees food as a metaphor for Brazilian music. Siedah also shared some wonderful stories about her first meeting with Sergio Mendes and their collaboration on the feature film Rio. What an amazing artist!
Airto Moreira is one of the finest percussionists working today. His career is full of amazing collaborations including stints with Miles Davis, Weather Report, Return to Forever and his work with his talented wife, singer Flora Purim. Here, he tells us the story when his family discovered his nascent talent…
Mario Caldato is the multi-talented producer who bridges the cultural divide between Brazil and the US. Mario is perhaps best known for his work with the Beastie Boys (he introduced Brazilian music to the band), Jack Johnson, Money Mark, Tone Loc, Seu Jorge, Vanessa Da Mata, Bebel Gilberto and many others. He recently completed work on the Bottletop Band Project which was organized to support health awareness issues. And he remixed one of my favorite Chico Science tunes, Amor de Muito. Born in Brazil but raised in Los Angeles, Mario has an interesting and perhaps unique perspective on the Brazilian sound and its influence outside of Brazil. Thanks Mario for the stellar work and the wonderful insights!
Los Angeles Times Cultural Reporter Reed Johnson on the manifesto of Brazilian nationalism, Manifesto Antropófago (Cannibal Manifesto) published in 1928 by Oswaldo Andrade, one of the founders of Brazilian modernism. Part of the Brazilian music documentary Oba! Sounds of Brasil!
Brazilian cultural attache Sergio Milniczenko explains that DJs are at the vanguard of introducing Brazilian music to new audiences. Sergio hosts the syndicated radio program The Brazilian Hour. He is a walking encyclopedia of Brazilian music and had some interesting things to say both in his official capacity at the Brazil Consulate Cultural Affairs department but also as a musician. For more info on his program go here: http://www.brazilianhour.org/
Setembro, the Brazilian wedding song written by Ivan Lins, appeared on Quincy Jone’s “Back On The Block” and of course later in the John Singleton film “Boys ‘n the Hood”. Soul and jazz legend George Duke is the classic multi-talented music hyphenate: composer/musician/producer/entrepreneur and more. And he’s an amazingly thoughtful, articulate and generous man who shared some interesting insights on the influence of Brazilian music. George was one of the first to go to Brazil and record with his 1979 release A Brazilian Love Affair. Bravo! It is an wonderful cd–one of his very best–and very much worth a listen!
in high school and the California beach culture, Getz versus Coltrane and the Girl from Ipanema.
We descended on the Venice home of Tom Schnabel as we began production on Oba! Sounds of Brasil! Tom is program director of world music at the Hollywood Bowl and Walt Disney Concert Hall and a music consultant and educator working out of Los Angeles. Those of us who live in LA (or who listen to KCRW) know him as the host of Cafe LA and as a former music director of the station. He’s the author of several books. Tom is often associated with world music–he developed the eclectic music format and introduced World Music to public radio–and his Cafe LA plays a mix of international, new and exotic sounds. So he knows of what he speaks. The truth is Tom has probably forgotten more about Brazilian music than I know. And as such I found the conversation incredibly interesting and suspect we will be talking with him again.
Dori Caymmi offers a less approving opinion of the Getz/Gilberto classic Girl from Ipanema and weighs in on the legacy of Brazilian music. Caymmi, son of renowned Brazilian musical icon Dorival Caymmi, is an internationally celebrated composer, arranger and singer in his own right, having written over 100 songs many recorded by many important artists worldwide, along with having a prominent career as an arranger and producer, as well as having written music for feature film and TV soundtracks. He’s old school for sure but a great interview! Special thanks to Dori and his wife Helena for being so generous and gracious. For more info: http://www.doricaymmi.com
One Note Samba!
Queen Latifah Listens to Brazilian
John Densmore of the Doors on incorporating bossa nova percussion into “Break On Through”
B+ and Eric Coleman on Brazilian Rhyme
Pat Metheny and Anna Maria Jopeck “Are You Going with Me”
This is Bossa Nova!
Nike’s New World Cup campaign for Brasil!
Lao Schifrin and bossa nova!
Stanley Clark celebrating George Duke’s Brazilian Love Affair!
Mochilla (B+ and Eric Coleman) on Will.i.am as an early adopter of Brazilian music.
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