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Brasileirinho Details

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Innumerable documentaries have explored the essence and cultural legacy of such universalized strands of Brazilian music as sambaI> and bossa nova; Finnish director Mika Kaurismaki's Brasileirinho) represents the first to unearth and dissect the highly regional Brazilian musical strain known as choro. This indigenous genre - its title translating from Portuguese as 'To Weep' - blends the simple percussive foundation of roots music with highly sophisticated and progressive clarinet and guitar riffs in the foreground - so sophisticated that they invite constant comparison to classical and jazz music. Kaurismaki travels to Rio de Janeiro with his cameras, not only for on-site demonstrations of this style, but for extended conversations with choro musicians. They speak openly and colorfully, with a far greater emphasis on the nature of the music per se than on individual musical legends and their contributions to the Brazilian cultural landscape. Running subtopics include: the most sophisticated ways of playing choro instruments such as the pandeiro and the 7-string Brazilian guitar, as well as the politics of Brazilian music as it descends from a history of slavery. Throughout, Kaurismaki also interpolates in-concert footage of Brazilian choro musicians playing in picturesque locales throughout Rio - thus creating a rare and precious record of a cultural legacy not generally seen outside of South America. Featured musicians include Elza Soares, Teresa Cristina and guitarist Yamandú. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

Cast

Ronaldo Souza
as Bandolim
Teresa Cristina
as Vocalist
Pedro Miranda
as Vocalist
Elza Soares
as Vocalist
Guinga
as Vocalist
Paulo Moura
as Clarinet
Joel Nascimento
as Bandolim
Marcos Suzano
as Pandeiro
Pedro Amorim
as Bandolim
Tiago Souza
as Bandolim
Teresa Cristina
as Vocalist
Pedro Miranda
as Vocalist
Ronaldo Souza
as Bandolim
Pedro Amorim
as Bandolim
Paulo Moura
as Clarinet
Marcos Suzano
as Pandeiro
Joel Nascimento
as Bandolim
Guinga
as Vocalist
Elza Soares
as Vocalist

Crew

Mika Kaurismäki
Director
Mika Kaurismäki
Producer
Bruno Stroppiana
Producer
Marc Forster
Producer
Jacques Cheuiche
Cinematographer
Karen Harley
Editor
Bill Fogtman
Executive Producer
Uwe Dresch
Sound/Sound Designer
Isabella Fernandes
Camera Operator
Luis Abramo
Camera Operator
Mustapha Barat
Camera Operator
Bill Fogtman
Post Production Supervisor
Cristiano Maciel
Sound Recordist
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