Cantares – Munich’s Brazilian Choir
Mais do que samba
| Kleiner Konzertsaal/Small Concert Hall
€ 16; reduced € 12
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»Mais do que samba« – »More than just samba«: That’s the music of Munich’s Brazilian a cappella choir Cantares. The varied rhythms of Musica Popular Brasileira – fast, syncopated, driving and longingly melancholic – with their manifold cultural sources, are the focus of this year’s programme of Cantares.
The rhythm of the Maracatu, which the slaves brought with them from Africa, has its origin in coronation ceremonies of the Congo. The Frevo, on the other hand, is inspired by the polkas of the colonial military bands, which the slaves combined with acrobatic dances. African gods and Christian saints coexist peacefully in the Ijexá, an important rhythm of the Afoxé, played at the carnival of Bahia, which is as popular as the Baiao of the rural population from the barren north-east of Brazil. Other rhythmic patterns have mixed with influences from the music of the European colonial rulers to give birth to new styles, such as the Samba in Rio.
Always inspired by the manifold rhythms of Brazil’s musical traditions, the songs performed by Cantares consist of polyphonic vocals in complex arrangements, accentuated by the sound of body percussion. Supporting Cantares with their authentic Brazilian groove are the two percussionists Gilson de Assis (arrangements) and Valdir Mendes.
Cantares has been an integral part of Munich’s Brazilian music scene for 22 years. The a cappela choir is conducted by Lilian Zamorano, who has made a name for herself as a professional music lecturer for Brazilian vocal music and rhythm as well as directing three choirs.
You can find further information under www.cantares.de.
With the support of the Department of Arts and Culture of the City of Munich (CANTARES – Verein zur Förderung brasilianischer Musik und Kultur e. V., Munich)