Latin music

World Music Exploation - Spanish Jazz-Fussion

I had to call for assistance for this week's selections. Special thanks to Luma Zuri, one of my friends from Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir 3.0, for introducing us to the music of Bebo Valdes and Diego El Cigala.
 
Bebo Valdes is a Grammy winning Afro-Cuban pianist, composer and arranger. Diego El Cigala is a Grammy-nominated cantaor (flamenco singer).
 
Their music is a fussion of jazz and flamenco. Listen carefully to the rhythm section (piano, drums and bass). Their grooves combine flamenco and Afro-Cuban rhythms. The harmonies are typical of music both flamenco and jazz (love those "blues" intervals). The piano and drum licks? Pure jazz.
 
This is "Lagrimas Negros" ("Black Tears"), which is one of Luma's faves. I just love that piano intro.
 
 
This is another one of their collaborations - "Obsesion". I love how the music builds, layer by layer:
 
 
 
I don't know about you, but thanks to Luma, I need to add Valdes and El Cigala's music to my music collection. You can explore more of Bebo Valdes music here:

 
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World Music Exploration - Virgenes del Sol

This week's clip is the Kinsa Trio from Belguim.  Their latest video is based on a popular Peruvian melody composed by Jorge Bravo de Rueda.
 
It starts rather classically on the piano before it switches to the cheery melody:
 
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World Music Exploration - Musica Popular Brasiliera

We wrap up the school year with some MPB: musica popular Brasiliera. This week's artist hails from Salvador: Daniela Mercury. Her style is a mix of reggae and traditional Latin grooves.
 
This clip features a lively salsa groove. Here's Rapunzel from Daniela Mercury's 1997 album: Feijão com Arroz.
 

 Click on the CD if you'd like to explore more of Daniela Mercury's music:

Musica Brasliera

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World Music Exploration - Tico Tico

This week, my students are checking out two versions of Tico-Tico no Fubá. This piece is an example of a Brazilian choro, or lament and was composed by Zequinha de Abreu in  1917.
 
The first time I heard this piece was at a friend and colleague's birthday party. She delivered a piano recital to guests.
 
This version of Tico Tico is by Brazilian pianist Vinheteiro:
 

 
Some of my students think this four-person, two-guitar version is "cool" while others think it's "creepy":
 

Want to learn Tico Tico? Check out these versions:
Best Latin Songs Ever look inside Best Latin Songs Ever By Various. For Piano/Vocal/Guitar. Piano/Vocal/Guitar Songbook. Latin. Difficulty: medium. Songbook. Vocal melody, piano accompaniment, lyrics, chord names and guitar chord diagrams. 248 pages. Published by Hal Leonard (HL.310355)Smp_stars50 (2) ...more info

Tico Tico (Tico Tico No Fuba)

Tico Tico (Tico Tico No Fuba) By Zequinha Abreu and Carmen Miranda. For piano. Latin; Spanish; Standards. 5 pages. Published by Hal Leonard - Digital Sheet Music (HX.8903)...more info
Best Latin Songs look inside Best Latin Songs By Various. For Guitar. Finger Style Guitar. Latin. Difficulty: medium. Guitar tablature songbook. Guitar tablature, standard notation, vocal melody, lyrics, chord names and guitar chord diagrams. 64 pages. Published by Hal Leonard (HL.699132)Smp_stars40 (4) ...more info
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