Paths of Brazilian Music

 “Veredas da Música Brasileira”

Nov. 9th – 3 – 5 pm


Nelson Latif/Cavaquinho

Pereira Lima/Alto Sax

Mathias Pinto/Acoustic Guitar


Nelson Latif, Rafael Lima and Mathias Pinto draw parallels between political situations in and outside Brazil, and their influences on Brazilian artists. This gives the audience a broad view of Brazilian music and society. The lecture is illustrated with musical examples performed live by the musicians.

The lecture starts with the 1920’s, with the Semana de Arte Moderna in Sao Paulo and the music scene in Rio de Janeiro, where composers Chiquinha Gonzaga, Villa Lobos and Pixinguinha were active. It ends with an analysis of the current cultural production in Brazil, wondering if today, in a globalized world, the “anthropophagic paradigm” of the 20’s could still be applied.

Date: Nov. 9th – Thursday

Time: 3-5 pm

Fee: free

Location: Brazilian Consulate

225 East 41st Street (bet. 2nd and 3rd Aves)
New York, NY 10017-6927

Open for general public




Limited space

What is Choro Music?


The Brazilian musical style of Choro represents the coming together of European melodic and harmonic traditions with African rhythms and sensibilities. Emerging in Brazil in the middle of the nineteenth century, Choro is a cousin of jazz, with a sense of yearning that is often described as a “sweet lament.” Many ethnomusicologists believe that the name Choro comes from the Portuguese verb chorar—that is, to weep or to cry. It often seems bright and happy on the surface, but if you dig deeper you’ll find a kind of sadness, a longing that Brazilians call saudade. Something about the combination of Portuguese and Italian influences resulted in melodies with a strong romantic feeling. When joined with its African influences, Choro has an irresistible groove and rhythmic momentum that is uniquely Brazilian.

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About the presenters:

Nelson Latif –  Cavaquinho and acoustic guitar player Nelson Latif formed his musical identity in the legendary jazz scene of 1980’s São Paulo. With roots in choro and jazz, Latif merges Brazilian guitar technique with diverse musical influences. As sociologist and cultural promoter, Nelson Latif has been coordinating educational projects for universities and cultural institutions around the world.




Pereira Lima / Alto Sax – Rafael is a Brazilian Samba Jazz Saxophonist specialized in Choro music. He got his Masters in Jazz Performance (Netherlands/NYC) at the University of Hanze. For two years was professor of saxophone and improvisation the Federal University of Brazil and has performed with many important artists including Hermeto Pascoal.  In USA, he played with the MCC Jazz Big Band, in the Far Away Places Jazz Combo and in MCC’s Improv Band. By the age of 24 years old got his classical Saxophone Bachelor degree from Institute of Arts of UFRGS/Brazil. Today Rafael is living in Rotterdam.



Mathias Behrends Pinto / Acc. Guitar – Born in Porto Alegre(Brazil) is the current coordinator of the Choro Santander Cultural Workshop, graduated in music from Instituto Porto Alegre, composer, guitar player and arranger working on several projects related to Choro language.




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