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Brazilian Rodeo: The Festa do Peão in Barretos, São Paulo State

In his book River of Tears: Country Music, Memory, and Modernity in Brazil, anthropologist Alexander Sebastian Dent of The George Washington University describes the Barretos rodeo. This is an adapted excerpt from the book.

18th Biannual Festival of Contemporary Brazilian Music 2009

The 18th edition of the Biannual Festival of Contemporary Brazilian Music ran from October 23 to November 1, 2009. It included an even dozen of concerts presenting works by composers throughout Brazil. Here’s a play-by-play review.

Brazilian Classical Music

Until recently, it has been difficult for international listeners to get a sense of the breadth and importance of the repertoire for orchestra produced by Brazilian composers in the 20th century. All this has changed thanks to an ambitious program linking the Symphonic Orchestra of the State of São Paulo (OSESP), and its conductor John Neschling, with Bis Records of Sweden. Together they have released more than a dozen CDs of Brazilian classical music since 2002. Here are some worth checking out.

Historian Jeffrey Lesser on BrazilMax Radio

Our guest is Emory University historian Jeffrey Lesser. Host Bill Hinchberger talks with Lesser about his book A Discontented Diaspora, Japanese-Brazilian identity and the differences between identity politics in Brazil and the United States. All this and some great Brazilian music.

Sérgio Dias of Os Mutantes on BrazilMax Radio

Sérgio Dias recalls the early years of the legendary rock band, the groundbreaking Brazilian countercultural movement Tropicália, their battles with the censors of the military dictatorship, the recent revival of Os Mutantes, and more. Throughout the interview, Sérgio kept his guitar at hand, and he offers acoustic versions of some celebrated Mutantes songs, along with a few surprises that gives nods to early influences like the Beatles and the Beach Boys.

BrazilMax Radio: Special Guest Daniel Dalarossa of Choro Music

São Paulo native, Silicon Valley entrepreneur and chorinho aficionado Daniel Dalarossa talks about Choro Music, a new company that he founded to promote “chorinho,” a Brazilian genre of instrumental music that emerged at the end of the 19th century that might perhaps be considered the South American equivalent of ragtime. Choro Music produces launching songbooks and instructional play-along CDs for people who want to learn the style, both popular and erudite, made famous by musicians from Pixinguinha to Paulo Moura.

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