It’s 2021 and we all know by now that Brazilian music is much more than the Bossa Nova.
But what is the Bossa Nova?
In 1958 Joao Gilberto introduced a new beat on his guitar that launched generations of singers, instrumentalists and composers.
He drew from the Afro-Brazilian Samba and so many other native Brazilian roots and mixed it with the cool jazz sounds that came to Rio in the 50’s.
At the same time the explosive Samba Jazz piano trios emerged in Rio and when this was all adapted by the American jazz musicians a new sound invaded our collective language.
But there was something lost as well as something gained.
The simplified and “generic” reading of the Bossa Nova sometimes reduced the beauty of this world of Brazilian swing into something static and elementary.
This workshop with delve into the “moving beat” of the Samba and Choro roots that the Bossa was born from and how to put it all together for an individual expression.
Paul Ricci on guitar and Mafalda Minnozzi on vocals will mix audio references from the internet and live segments from their repertoire to explore what happens when we can get the microscope out on the beat and apply it to jazz improvisation.