Thursday, March 10, 2016

Naná Vasconcelos

Naná Vasconcelos playing the berimbau

Naná Vasconcelos, a Brazilian percussionist who left his mark on global music, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 71. Vasconcelos gained critical acclaim for his work with Egberto Gismonti, Codona, and the Pat Metheny Group. His peer Airto Moreira called him “the best berimbau player in the world.” Vasconcelos won the Downbeat Critics Poll in the category of percussion from 1983 to 1991 and was an influential figure in jazz. Read my blog about Naná for the Huffington Post here:


Naná Vasconcelos live in Rome in 1983

Codona: Don Cherry, Collin Walcott and Naná Vasconcelos

Naná Vasconcelos (standing) and Pat Metheny (center)

Egberto Gismonti and Naná Vasconcelos

Egberto Gismonti and Naná Vasconcelos
perform "Dança das Cabeças" in 1996.

Read about Naná here:
Celebrating Naná Vasconcelos:
Storytelling with Percussion


Read about Brazilian Music
The Brazilian Sound: Samba, Bossa Nova
and the Popular Music of Brazil

by Chris McGowan and Ricardo Pessanha (Temple University Press)
(the leading guide to Brazilian music in English;
available on Amazon worldwide)

by Chris McGowan
(interviews with iconic figures from Jobim
and Airto to Djavan and Gal Costa)

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