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Brazil vs India – go with the flow

Some things are just too good to be true.  While finishing off the cataloging of recordings that ARC collected for Brazilian Music Day, in preparation for India Music Week, I came across this album by Egberto Gismonti.


It’s the perfect transition – the perfect bridge between the two cultures and the annual focuses here at the ARC.  Last year Brazil, this year India.  Força Lascada (EMI, Brazil, 064 422 940, 1984) offers a jazzy and dissonant use of a dilruba and the “sitara” – untuned, loung-ey and peculiar – as nearly all such cultural mashups are.

It’s the perfect addition to the collection we’re building of non-Indian musicians incorporating Asian Indian instruments into their music. Often it’s a straight ahead and flatly melodic use, like on a Beatles record.  But sometimes it’s an avant-garde mess bordering on genius.  As this is.  At least on two cuts.

We’ll have a full rundown and essay on more than 30 of these recordings ready for India Music Week in Oct.  Stay un-tuned!

AS YOU MAY KNOW our Swingin’ Summer Record + CD Sale is coming up – June 8 – 16.  So another benefit of re-Brazilin’ is the big pile of Brazilian/Brasilian LPs that we will have at our sale.  Things in near mint condition, like below @ below market prices…


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