Thursday, June 27, 2013

YouTube Pick of the Week #7: Jovino Santos Neto - The Rhythmic Language of Brazilian Music

This week's pick may be of particular interest to musicians, but I think that non-musicians will find it equally compelling: It is a 90-minute lecture by Jovino Santos Neto, who played piano and flute with Hermeto Pascoal for almost 30 years.

The lecture takes place in Boston's Berklee College of Music in 2007 and, with sidemen Oscar Stagnaro on Bass and Mark Walker on Drums, Jovino takes his audience in a trip around Brazil, talking about the common thread between Bossa Nova and Samba, as well as other regional rhythms, such as Forro, Xaxado, Coco, Arrasta-Pe and their origins as part of the middle eastern diaspora, brought to Brazil during the colonial times.  He Also talks about his experiences working with Hermeto, and the significance of the Quarteto Novo, The seminal Brazilian group which included Airto Moreira, Heraldo do Monte and Theo de Barros. 

Jovino's voice is a little low throughout, but the instrumental sections sound great. It might be a good idea to use headphones for this one. 

To hear  Choice tracks from Quarteto Novo, check out Show #6. Show link:

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