New Podcast Episode Released: A New Beat

As fits my disposition, it’s time now to take a break from the rigors of learning about learning technology-related matters and to talk about something a little different (though still educational – as is also my wont).

Let’s take in a little music and dance to the sound of the New Beat.

In Brazil, the guitar is the solo instrument par excellence, and has been used in popular as wellelcop10-12-09 as classical music. It is a traditional instrument of the Chôro who were originally working class, mainly amateur musicians.

They formed groups very much like the jazz bands in New Orleans and transformed the popular European music of the late-Nineteenth Century into something more vital and syncopated, reminiscent of the rhythms of the African slaves.

Foremost among the early chorões was João Pernambuco, an untrained musician who earned his living as an iron-worker, but supplemented his income by playing in clubs and bars with his group Caxânga. It was on these occasions that he met Heitor Villa-Lobos, a towering figure in the history of Brazilian music, who gained his musical training as a chorão in the streets of Rio de Janeiro as much as in the Conservatoire in Paris. Villa-Lobos was responsible for notating many of Pernambuco’s improvisations, and indeed was influenced by them…

This edition of the E-Learning Curve’s Other Podcast explores the music of the Chôro and their new beat – the Bossa Nova.

Narrated by Laurie O’Flynn.

Click here to listen to New Beat: The Guitar in Brazil.