This is my arrangement of the choro waltz “Santa Morena”, a spanish influenced piecee by Brazilian composer Jacob do Bandolim, to which I attempted to bring a flamenco flavor using somee techniques and concepts of the flamenco “bulerías” style.
This composition fuses the flamenco style with the latin rhythm of “chacarera”. The guitar makes use of the flamenco techniques and sonority but to embrace an universal language alongside the orchestra. The composition builds the theme up to a peak of fast picados in dramatic moment with the use of the whole tone scale.
I’ve decided to record the Latin American standard “Merceditas” to feature a guitar approach that I think of as “World Guitar”. A combination of Brazilian, Jazz, Flamenco, Latin, and Gypsy styles!
I’ve been wanting to record this tune for a few weeks and finally had the time. “Feira de Mangaio” is a baião by Sivuca, that when I play, reminds of going out to Brazil’s forró, to dance for hours. The swing is the most important part in order to bring the spirit of the music […]