Now a real Christmas gift, this one a friend of mine told me about and I think you may like it.
Goma Laca is a project to investigate and rework old Afro-Brazilian records, usually issued only on 78rpm at the start of the 20th century. Those include many traditional Afro-Brazilian genres, like capoeira, embolada, praieiras, cocos, and other genres. It is — obviously — a musical mine, one which is still unexplored.
This CD here presents reworking of these tracks by new Brazilian recording artists, such as Lucas Santtana, Juçara Marçal, and Karina Buhr. They are all situated at the “middle”, so to speak, of Brazilian music ambient right now, they are not popular artists neither household names, instead they’re part of a renewing of MPB for a younger audience. For all of those reasons, maybe you don’t know them — or all of them.
I confess I was usually suspicious of these younger artists, but after listening to this album I’ve noticed I had to change my mind. Maybe it is the original material which is so strong, maybe they were all inspired working on an important project like this.
Anyway, click on the cover below to go to the album’s site and then click on “Baixe o disco”. The liner notes are also availabe, but they are only in Portuguese. If you have any question, send me a note here on the comments and I’ll translate it. And on this link you can find the original 78rpm recordings.
PS: Goma-laca stands in Portuguese for shellac, the material used to make 78rpm records back then.
As I have also other interests in Brazilian music, I decided to transform “Doing something different for today” as a permanent (until when?) blog feature.
Actually, I’ve found this collection here a few weeks ago and I think it is worth trying to make it more well known. It’s not an original post from my blog, as it is from another one, one dedicated to contemporary Brazilian music.
So this is a 5-CD set released in 2009 by the Brazilian Society for Electroacoustic Music (Sociedade Brasileira de Música Eletroacústica, or SBME) documenting fifty years of electroacoustic music in Brazil. As the Odecathon post says, electroacoustics first entered Brazilian musical landscape when Reginaldo Carvalho, at Villa-Lobos insistence, traveled to France in 1951 to check out what was that so-called “musique concrète”. Since then, it has been a steady feature of Brazilian concert music, and its strength is showed by the fact that in 1994 the aforementioned Society was created.
The set includes works from 1957 to 2007 and made in every way possible from computer music to tape editing and whatever’s in electroacoustic’s music making tools. So it’s worth checking it out!
The set is also accompanied by a 224-page booklet with details on the recordings and albums. Unfortunately, the post from which I took this reference hasn’t scanned it and neither do I have the CD set. I sent an e-mail to Jorge Antunes (one of the composers and leaders of the Society) and he said that the compilation is still in stock, but in order to get you need to send an e-mail to the SBME. The e-mail is as follows: firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t miss the chance to get it as I myself will do as soon as I can afford it.
Finally, go to this link or click on the image below and click on the album covers to download the set.
PS: I know there is another compilation series, which I guess has only released three CDs by now, that also collects electroacoustic music in Brazil and is also sponsored by the SBME, but I don’t know if it overlaps with this CD or if it’s just the same albums packaged separately. As soon as I found out and grab those albums, I upload them here.
I decided to do something different for the day and so I won’t post any translation today, but instead I’ll use this blog as a platform for some other purposes.
If you read this blog, then it is certain that you’re interested in Brazilian music. But Brazilian music has a lot of different expressions, as I always try to say here, and so Tropicália was only one of those (although one of the most important). As for myself, it is only through this blog that I’m coming to terms with Tropicália and much of “traditional” (as in what people usually assume Brazilian music is, for instance, MPB) Brazilian music. It’s been a good ride and I’m surely losing many of the prejudices I held for one or another reason against it.
Anyway, if you read this blog, then there is no excuse why you wouldn’t enjoy contemporary Brazilian music. The excellent blog Eu Ovo recently made a survey with 100 albums free to download released in 2013. Although they cover the modern MPB genre mostly, there are some really good music and some surprises there. (My tip: a non-surprise, Apanhador Só’s album; a surprise: Bixiga 70, afrobeat with a Afro-Brazilian tinge, great stuff).
I live in Porto Alegre, which is in south Brazil. When I translated that Almôndegas’ song I already talked about Rio Grande do Sul’s (the state where Porto Alegre is located) somewhat troubled relation with the rest of the country. But as the rest of Brazil, Porto Alegre is gaining more and more strength in improvised and contemporary music. So I selected a few bands from Porto Alegre you may enjoy. They go from electroacoustic to post rock then back to electronic through improvisation and all that stuff. Hope you like!
By the way, you should check out Mansarda Records, a netlabel centered around Porto Alegre whose whole catalog is available for download!