Brazilian Music Up To Date - Jan/96
The Interview

João Jo„o Bosco Bosco

Photo by Carlos Mancini


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João Bosco Arrives From Europe
...Iím going to play in Europe at least twice this year, in the Summer (July) and in the Fall (November, 1996) ...(with photo)

Dá Licença Meu Senhor - The New Album ...
...Before I start recording, I always stay two days in the studio working on the sound of the instruments, improving and equalizing them...

...Interrupted By Montreux
...When youíre away, you always think about the best Brazil can offer...

The Brazil Which Is Portrayed In The New Album
...I think Brazilian music is like that. It Ďs not only this or that rooster, but the singing of many of them which make the essence of Brazilian music. ...(with photo)

Choosing The Composers
...Actually, the choice was so intuitive that there couldnít be any other way of choosing them. If I had used a criteria to choose them, Iíd never make this album...

A Track Leads To Another Track
...So one thing leads to another. "Peixe Vivo" leads to Caymmi which leads to "Pai Grande". Altogether, everything is Brazilian heritage within truly sociologic, anthropological, poetic and above all, Brazilian music...

The Great Family Of Composers
...I think of myself as the youngest brother of Gilberto Gil, the youngest brother of Milton Nascimento, but I am a son of Tom Jobim, a grandson of Heitor Villa-Lobos...

Dá Licença Meus Senhores
...from a text by Oswald de Andrade (writer, poet and playwright) , which was "Escapular". His text said: / No Pão de Açúcar de cada dia, dai-nos senhor a poesia de cada dia /. (On our daily Sugar Loaf gives us Lord our daily poetry). So Caetano thought of this as a samba, which is indeed....(with photo)

The Bravery Of Forró
...It takes place in a forró (also a dance party) where a man and a woman engage in a fight, and the warrior is really the woman (singing)...

The Soul Of Interpretation
...This album brings all the issues of a restless interpreter. I like to play around with the song. Iím not an interpreter who reproduces the song. I think there are excellent singers around who can do that wonderfully. But, thatís not my case, I prefer to play around with the song and change it a bit...

Global Musical Tribe
...So, youíre here in Brazil and youíre listening to whatís being done in the States, in other parts of the world, in Europe, in the Caribbean. You can even get music from Asia in your house. Everything inside your home. Itís going to be very difficult for young people not to work with these elements...

The Crossing Of Different Sounds
...Itís really hard to find a jazz song thatís too long; itís always a synthesis because jazz itself works with synthesis. Jazz is synthesis, the themes are short, but the discussions on the theme are long. There are many elements that you can work with in Brazilian music. This is a reflection on which elements we could work with in this or that song...

Movies Once Again
...I had always listened to that in albums, but it was just when I saw it in Bernardo Bertolucciís The Sheltering Sky, did I realize those were female vocals. I had never pictured that, extremely acute vocals where the tongueís motion is as quick as that of a serpent, you donít even see the tongue, for itís very fast. Itís a terrific thing...(with photo)

The Selection Of Songs To The Album
...Say, itís not me who picks my repertoire. Itís my guitar! I start playing something and then, all of a sudden, I listen and say: would you look at that!...

Musical Reading
...When I record out of Brazil with foreign musicians such as John Patitucci or others, I tell them in advance I canít read music. Then they say: ĎBut we want to read your hand, thatís what we want to do!'...

The Many Brazilian Guitars
...Thatís very nice to see, because everyone plays differently, in his own way, thatís Brazilian guitar. It has its own history...

Vocals & Guitar
...Guitar brings vocals on. Then vocals bring guitar on, which brings another vocal on. Itís hard to say which brings on which...(with photo)

An Album With Interpretation Only
...We listen to other peopleís music, and then all of a sudden you start making your music which comes from those people. Those people also listen to your music and to other peopleís music to make their own music...

A Recipe For The Studio
..."I arrive at the studio and record vocal and guitar. The bass player comes and records afterwards. I use no drum machine to set the rhythm because, to tell the truth, I donít need that. My rhythm is quite good...(with photo)

O Que é Que A Baiana Tem?
...Itís the Baiana (a woman from Bahia) who comes up with seduction, with typical cuisine, who embraces and seduces you. In the case of Ary Barroso, as heís mineiro and so am I, I played the role of the seduced guy. Daniela Mercury (whoís from Bahia) is a singer with great skills...

The Next Albumís Arabian Nights
...This album contains Brazil, the Magreb (Northern Africa), the South of Spain with those Flamenco and Moorish rhythms, with the magic of the Middle East. As a matter of fact, I wanted that album to have the aesthetics of the Middle East. I wanted things to fly, I wanted the night to be magic...

The Next Sound Recipe
...Iím going to add some more exotic sounds. Iíd like to include those Muslim things, from Pakistan even. The accordion, the tabla (A Bengali drum with strings), and the vocals may be a very interesting thing for my purpose. More like the Brazilian Northeast...

Brazilian Northeast X Middle East
...When you arrive in Portugal, there is a district called Mouraria. The Arabs traveled a lot and stayed in Spain for eight centuries, where there are cities which look totally Arabian, like Cordoba. They even tried to bring camels to the Northeast, as a means of transportation, but it seems not to have worked, because our jegue (a type of mule) is even bett...

Fusion Of Styles
...Last year I went to Cape Verde, I listened to the local music and I questioned whether that was really local. It sounded so much like ďchorinhoĒ (a kind of Brazilian music). Then a guy told me that many years ago, a Brazilian musician, who played chorinho, lived in Cape Verde for many years. He used to play that, then someone picked it up and passed it on to others...(with photo)

Hard Times
...If you study Brazilian music from 1964 onwards, until the political amnesty, youíll get acquainted not only to the history of music but also to that of Brazil and Brazilian literature...

From The Past To The 21st Century
...But the Brazilian musicians should give value to this accomplishment, and make use of creativity and imagination, towards what Gilberto Gil referred to in "Expresso 2222", "leave Bom Sucesso and go beyond the year 2000"...

Listening To Himself
...I donít like listening to my albums because I think it belongs to a past I have already experienced. Iíd rather deal with them on stage. When I deal with my old albums on stage, they no longer belong to the past, but to the present, because itís being done there, on stage...

The Art Of Art
...Art should prepare mankind for present time. It is not concerned with evolution or changes. I think art is more of a best friend to men than a dog is...(with photo)


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