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Brazil by sound — a Reveler exclusive
The fabulous guitarist Matthew Rohde designed an illuminating Brazilian playlist on Spotify to help us celebrate the final days of the Olympics. Check out his fascinating notes down below.
This playlist offers a glance into the kaleidoscopic world of Brazilian music, a product of centuries of musical “cross-pollination” between West African, Western European, and other American musical styles. As a guitarist, I’m afraid my preferences are lain bare: there’s quite a bit of guitar here. But then again — the guitar is oh-so central to so much Brazilian music. The playlist includes music by cancionistas — the word cancionista (as opposed to guitarist, or songwriter, is an attempt at blurring the distinction between music and poetry) — like Joao Bosco, the tenderness of whose sambas in the 70’s and 80’s stands in poignant contrast to the brutality of the dictatorship in Brazil during that era; Yamandu Costa, whose never-before-heard virtuosity on the seven string guitar — an instrument common to traditional Brazilian music — reduces guitarists like myself to giddy speechlessness; Baden Powell, whose Afro-Sambas invoke the orishas — gods — of West African myth; Hermeto Pascoal, whose inimitable quirkiness is matched only by his originality; and Pixinguinha, who is considered by some the greatest composer (as well as performer; he’s the flautist on the recording) of choro — a popular genre of Brazilian music — in history. I simply can’t go into it all now. I’m not going to. But I do hope it leaves newcomers to Brazilian music with a taste for more. (And if you love it half as much as I do, I’ve no doubt it will.)
Matthew Rohde, August 2016
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Reveler's Summertime Playlist
An upbeat and eclectic sampling of Reveler artists from June and July.
Get to know your taste in visual art through Artsy. This site makes it easy to browse artists from all over the world, follow the ones you like, find out about shows happening near you, and even buy art that strikes you online. Artsy makes it easy to learn your tastes on your own terms in an approachable way.
Did you know you could explore art in museums all over the world from just where you're sitting right now? Leave it to google to find a way to bring the art world to our fingertips. The best part is that even if these masterpieces were hanging in your own home, you couldn't get as up close and personal as what you're about to experience on Google Art Project
I don't often agree with David Brooks, but this piece spoke to me. It's a reminder of the power of pure beauty and the way the arts capture it and reflect it back to us. My word for the year 2016 is Beauty. I am challenging myself to find it in the most mundane places of every day life, and seeking it out in the places I go, the people I see, the music I play, and the art and culture that surrounds me. I'm finding you just have to look, connect without distractions, and it's there.