Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Access The Brazilian Music Book


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The Brazilian Music Book:
Brazil's Singers, Songwriters,
& Musicians Tell the Story of
Bossa Nova, MPB, and
Brazilian Jazz and Pop

by Chris McGowan

Journalist Chris McGowan has covered Brazilian music for Billboard magazine, The Huffington Post, and his own The Brazilian Sound blog, and co-authored the definitive reference book on the subject—The Brazilian Sound: Samba, Bossa Nova and the Popular Music of Brazil. Along the way, he has interviewed many of the most influential legends of Brazilian music.

Here are revealing conversations with important figures in Brazilian music such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Carlos Lyra, Milton Nascimento, Airto Moreira, Dori Caymmi, Laurindo Almeida, Antonio Adolfo, Djavan, Ivan Lins, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Cristina Braga, Jovino Santos Neto, Luciana Souza and Lenine. 

A Kindle edition (readable on iPad, Galaxy, Android, PCs and Macs with the free Kindle app) is available now; a paperback version will be available soon.

Kindle editions (in English) from Amazon:







Free Kindle reading apps (U.K.)

No Brasil:

The Brazilian Music Book
(disponível na amazon.com.br)




For .pdfs, academic use or more info:
authorjcmcgowan@yahoo.com


Also by Chris McGowan:


by Chris McGowan and Ricardo Pessanha

Available in print and Kindle editions worldwide through Amazon.com
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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Lenine: Brazilian Planetary Music



by Chris McGowan

Lenine's music fits, more or less, into MPB, Brazil's broad category that encompasses the eclectic popular music that followed bossa nova (MPB = Música Popular Brasileira), but the singer-songwriter has suggested that in his case the acronym stands for "Música Planetária Brasileira" (Brazilian Planetary Music). His polyglot world music can evoke a dusty public square in the hinterlands of Pernambuco, where a cantoria singer ties together the latest news in improvised verse, or a lonely outpost somewhere else in the solar system.



Lenine's songs seamlessly weave together rock, digital effects and the rhythms, instruments and poetic inflections of his hometown Recife. He shifts between being a lyrical, reflective troubadour and a rocker who vigorously plucks and strums an acoustic guitar, seeking a "dirty sound" full of overtones and syncopation. With the guitar, Lenine has invented a rousing funky beat that defies boundaries. Sometimes, Lenine veers into mangue beat territory with aggressive songs that combine samples and filters with strains of northeastern genres like maracatu and embolada. Or he may mix electronic effects with gentler folk styles—he describes one of his tunes as a cyberpunk ciranda (ciranda is a circle dance and song form from Pernambuco). And he can evoke Peter Gabriel with soulful vocals, driving rhythms and strong bass lines. While Lenine carries Recife within him, he is a musical gypsy, at home in the Northeast, in Rio de Janeiro, and in foreign lands.




All the while, his lyrics are full of humanitarian sentiments and a romantic futurism informed by authors like Ray Bradbury. His words reference both contemporary reality in Brazil and images from science fiction. Lenine is a prolific songwriter whose work has been recorded by many leading Brazilian artists, a performer who frequently appears on others' recordings, and an in-demand arranger and producer. His own albums, which he toils on for long periods, appear about every two to four years. He is a musician's musician in Brazil and considers himself a craftsman. He is as popular in France as in Brazil and has appeared at WOMAD and many other festivals in Europe.



In 2004, Lenine was invited by the Cité de La Musique in Paris to participate in their "Carte Blanche" project. For his performance, Lenine invited Cuban bassist Yusa and Argentine percussionist Ramiro Musotto. The resulting live album Lenine InCité won Latin Grammy awards for Best Brazilian Contemporary Album and Best Brazilian Song—for "Ninguém Faz Idéia" (Nobody Has a Clue). Another live album, Lenine Acústico MTV (2006) won the Best Brazilian Pop Album award again. And on Labiata (2008), an album of original works, he won the Best Brazilian Song once more for "Martelo Bigorna."

Lenine was nominated for a 2015 Latin Grammy award for Carbono, and won in the Best Brazilian Song category with "Simples Assim" (with Dudu Falcão).

More: read the full profile of and interview with Lenine in The Brazilian Music Book


Lenine Extended Discography

Lenine

Baque Solto (with Lula Queiroga). Polygram, 1983.
Olho de Peixe (with Marcos Suzano). Velas, 1993.
O Dia Em Que Faremos Contato. BMG, 1997.
Na Pressão. BMG, 1999.
Falange Canibal. BMG, 2002.
Lenine In Cité. BMG, 2004.
Acústico MTV. Sony/BMG, 2006.
Breu: Ballet Para o Grupo Corpo. Grupo Corpo, 2007.
Labiata. Universal, 2008.
Lenine.Doc Trilhas. Universal, 2010.
Chão. Universal, 2011.
Triz (Dance Soundtrack). Grupo Corpo, 2013.
Carbono. Universal, 2015.

Select Recordings of Lenine Songs
(in Brazil unless otherwise noted)

Fernando Abreu. "Jack Soul Brasileiro." Raio X. EMI, 1997.
Badi Assad. "À Gandáia das Ondas." Rhythms. Chesky (U.S.), 1995.
_______. "Acredite ou Não," "Distantes Demais." Wonderland. Edge/Deutsche Grammophon (Germany), 2006.
Sérgio & Odair Assad. "O Silêncio das Estrelas." A Brazilian Songbook. GHA Records (Belgium), 2005.
Batacoto. "Virou Areia," "Camaleõ." Batacoto. Triloka (U.S.), 1993.
Maria Bethânia. Maricotinha. Sony Music, 2001.
_______. "O Velho Francisco." Oásis de Bethânia. Biscoito Fino, 2012.
_______. "Nem Sou, Nem Lua, Nem Você." Noite LUZiDIA: Maria Bethânia e Convidados. Biscoito Fino, 2013.
Ana Carolina. "Todas Elas Juntas Nem Só Ser." Ensaio de Cores Ao Vivo. Sony, 2011.
Zélia Duncan. "Pré-Pós-Tudo-Bossa-Band." Pré-Pós-Tudo-Bossa-Band. Universal, 2005.
Josee Koning. "Lua Candeia." Bem Brasileiro. Coast to Coast (U.S.), 2007.
Ivan Lins. "Se Acontecer." Acariocando. EMI, 2006.
MPB4. "Virou Areia." Sambas da Minha Terra. Som Livre, 1991.
Tim Maia & Os Cariocas. "Amigo do Rei." Amigo do Rei. Vitória Régia Discos, 1995.
Ney Matogrosso. "Mais Além." Olhos de Farol, Polygram, 1999.
_______. "A Balada do Cachorro Louco." Vivo. Universal, 1999.
Daniela Mercury. "Só no Balanço do Mar. Sol da Liberdade. BMG, 2000.
_______. "De Qualquer Lugar." Sou de Qualquer Lugar. Epic, 2001.
_______. "Meu Plano." MTV Ao Vivo: Eletrodoméstico. BMG, 2003.
_______. "Que Baque É Esse." Carnaval Eletrônico. BMG, 2004.
Mestre Ambrosio. "Benjaab." Mestre Ambrosio. Independent, 1996.
Zizi Possi. "Olho de Peixe." Mais Simples. Polygram, 1996.
Quinteto Violado. "Leão do Norte." Visão Futurística do Passado. Independent, 2001.
Elba Ramalho. "A Roda do Tempo." Popular Brasileira. Polygram, 1989.
_______. "Miragem do Porto." Encanto. Universal, 1992.
_______. "Que Baque É Esse." Paisagem. Polygram, 1995.
_______. "Leão do Norte." Leão do Norte. Ariola/BMG, 1996.
_______. "Lavadeira do Rio." Flor da Paraíba. BMG, 1998.
_______. "Leão do Norte." Solar. BMG, 1999.
_______. "Lá e Cá." O Grande Encontro 3. BMG, 2000.
_______. "Rua da Passagem." Qual O Assunto Que Mais Lhe Interessa? Atração, 2007.
O Rappa. "Óia o Rapa." Rappa Mundi. WEA, 1995.
Maria Rita. "Lavadeira do Rio." Maria Rita. Warner, 2003.
_______. "Cirando do Mundo," "Sem Aviso." Segundo. Warner, 2005.
Monica Salmaso. "Tuaregue e Nagô." Trampolim, 1998.
Dionne Warwick. "Virou Areia." Aquarela do Brasil. Arista (U.S.), 1994.
Xangai (with Quinteto da Paraíba). "Miragem do Porto." Um Abraço Pra Ti Pequenina. Kuarup, 2007.

Lenine is interviewed in:


(Kindle edition for Kindle, iPad, Galaxy, Mac and PC)

Also See:





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Sunday, October 5, 2014

The Brazilian Music Book


The Brazilian Music Book:
Brazil's Singers, Songwriters, and Musicians Tell the
Story of Bossa Nova, MPB, and Brazilian Jazz and Pop

by Chris McGowan

Journalist Chris McGowan has covered Brazilian music for Billboard magazine, The Huffington Post, and his own The Brazilian Sound blog, and co-authored multiple editions of the definitive reference book on the subject—The Brazilian Sound: Samba, Bossa Nova and the Popular Music of Brazil. Along the way, he has interviewed many of the most important and influential legends of Brazilian music. Here are revealing conversations with iconic figures in Brazilian music such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Carlos Lyra, Milton Nascimento, Airto Moreira, Dori Caymmi, Laurindo Almeida, Antonio Adolfo, Djavan, Ivan Lins, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Cristina Braga, Jovino Santos Neto, Luciana Souza and Lenine. 

A Kindle edition (readable on iPad, Galaxy, PCs and Macs with the free kindle app) is available now; a paperback version will be available soon.

Kindle editions (in English) from Amazon:







Aplicativos de Leitura Kindle Gratuitos (Brasil)


The Brazilian Music Book by Chris McGowan is an involving work thanks to the insight of the author, his integrity and his deep love for Brazilian music. It is a book destined for success and hope to see it translated into Portuguese as soon as possible."Turibio Santosclassical guitarist and artistic director of the Vale do Café music festival.

"The Brazilian Music Book has a fine line-up of guests for a grand series of sessions with timely commentary and historical insight. This volume is of the same quality as The Brazilian Sound and a great complement to that now standard work."Charles A. Perrone, Professor of Portuguese and Director of Brazilian Studies, University of Florida

"The Brazilian Music Book is an excellent resource for anyone who loves Brazilian music (and who doesn’t?). This is a fine collection of first-person stories told by some the composers, arrangers and musicians responsible for creating the contemporary sound of Brazil. I highly recommend it. It provides the ideal backstory to the stories told by the music." Jovino Santos Neto, composer, pianist and educator


Contact: authorjcmcgowan@yahoo.com
for info on academic use, .pdfs, and other info
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Agora no Brasil: The Brazilian Music Book

Disponível no Brasil na Amazon.com.br


The Brazilian Music Book:
Brazil's Singers, Songwriters, and Musicians Tell the
Story of Bossa Nova, MPB, and Brazilian Jazz and Pop

by Chris McGowan

Ler este livro no seu iPad, Mac, PC, Android, e Galaxy
 (ou Kindle) 
com aplicativos de leitura Kindle gratuitos

Entrevistas em inglês com Antonio Carlos Jobim, Laurindo Almeida, Milton Nascimento, Gilberto Gil, Djavan, Dori Caymmi, Sergio Mendes, Carlos Lyra, Airto Moreira, Ivan Lins, Oscar Castro-Neves, Gal Costa, Lenine, Cristina Braga, Antonio Adolfo, Ricardo Silveira e outros (entrevistas com 24 pessoas). Este volume concentra nos mundos de bossa nova, MPB e Brazilian jazz.





Sobre o livro (em inglês)

Journalist Chris McGowan has covered Brazilian music for Billboard magazine, The Huffington Post, and his own The Brazilian Sound blog, and co-authored multiple editions of the definitive reference book on the subject—The Brazilian Sound: Samba, Bossa Nova and the Popular Music of Brazil. Along the way, he has interviewed many of the most important and influential legends of Brazilian music. In this new omnibus volume, McGowan presents many of these interviews in complete and unabridged form for the first time. There are revealing conversations with 24 iconic figures in Brazilian music. A paperback version will be available soon.



Contact: authorjcmcgowan@yahoo.com

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

The Brazilian Music Book

The Brazilian Music Book:
Brazil's Singers, Songwriters, and Musicians Tell the
Story of Bossa Nova, MPB, and Brazilian Jazz and Pop


Gal Costa and João Gilberto

Antonio Carlos Jobim

Milton Nascimento

Gilberto Gil

Airto Moreira's CTI album Free

Elis Regina and Antonio Carlos Jobim's album Elis & Tom

Djavan

Dori Caymmi

Gal Costa

Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinícius de Moraes, Ronaldo
Boscoli, Roberto Menescal and Carlos Lyra.

Ivan Lins

Vocalist Luciana Souza


The Brazilian Music Book:
Brazil's Singers, Songwriters, and Musicians Tell the
Story of Bossa Nova, MPB, and Brazilian Jazz and Pop

by Chris McGowan

Now available for the iPad, Kindle, Android, Mac
and PC with free Kindle reading apps from Amazon

Contact: authorjcmcgowan@yahoo.com
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