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Three Brazilian Pieces

November 19, 2017: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

Da Sábado pra Dominguihnos – Hermeto Pascoal

A Lenda do Caboclo – Heitor Villa-Lobos

Samba Novo – Baden Powell

In this set, LAGQ pays tribute to the rich sonorities and infectious rhythms of Brazil. Inspired by their collaboration in 2006-07 with the brilliant singer Luciana Souza, LAGQ recorded a new CD of Brazilian music for the Telarc label. It opens with a tune by the idiosyncratic jazz musician Hermeto Pascoal, sometimes referred to as the “Frank Zappa of Brazil”; his “Da Sábado pra Dominguinhos” is a fine example of the endless fount of tunes and surprising harmonic changes that characterize his music. We follow this with a lovely tune by the great Heitor Villa-Lobos, one of Brazil’s most celebrated classical composers, and a favorite among guitarists. His “A Lenda do Caboclo” (the Legend of the Native”) was originally written for piano, and features a gently gliding melody interrupted by a bow to the French Impressionist school. Music of the iconic guitar virtuoso Baden Powell closes the set. His “Samba Novo”, a reaction against the wave of popularity of the gentler bossa novo style, is hard driving and aggressive, with an extroverted melodic sense.

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