Autumn winds are blowing more than just elder leaves. They are bringing to NYC a tribute concert to one of the most - if not the most - important character of brazilian music. Marcelo Bratke is joining Camerata Brasil on November 4th to revisit the work of Brazil's most famous classical artist, Heitor Villa-Lobos. It will be a coda to his death's 50th anniversary. The repertoire also features some of Enersto Nazareth's work, one of Villa-Lobos's comtemporary who, alongside him, acted bold enough to dare combining Afro-Brazilian and European music.
The event takes place at 7:30 PM, at the Zankel Hall, located at the Carnegie Hall, a place that feels like home to brazilian performers. It is a must-see since Villa-Lobos work reshaped the world musical context.
Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1887, Villa-Lobos was a maestro and songwriter who worked mainly with cello and classical guitar. He is well known for using an extremely brazilian-driven structure in his music, often referring to the country's folklore and to both its popular and native traditions. He's also regarded as one of the heads of Brazil's Modernism movement, due to his outstanding performance at the 1922 Modern Art Week, a high-point for brazilian culture, where he presented three different shows in three different days.
Another reason Villa-Lobos became who he (still) is was how he blended together two completely distinct musical traditions. By mixing European chambers music with Brazilian raw rythyms, Villa started a trend that to this day is quite defying for listeners and musicians to deal with. As the world never accepts brilliance at first, his work was criticized but, eventually, it was awarded the recognition it deserved. The Maestro even had a cameo at a Disney picture appearing side by side with Walt Disney himself. Now, that's the Lady Gaga of the 40's. Plus, his effigy was printed in the $500 bill of Brazil's currency at the time.
Nevertheless, cameos and cognizances aside, he might not be a face on a bill anymore. Currency has changed. And so has music.