Happy New Year everyone! I hope that 2014 brings lots of great music for all of you. One of my new year resolutions is to share as much music with all of you as possible. I will be dissecting my book “Maracatu for Drumset and Percussion” into short blog posts each month where I will share some (not all) of the historical information and music from the book to give you a peek into the material. This book was a serious labor of love that I couldn’t have accomplished without my writing partners Aaron Shafer-Haiss and Michele Nascimento. As you can imagine, writing a book about an art form that is 400 years old and is changing and evolving every day is a very daunting task. We’d like to thank all of the traditional maracatu nations who participated in this book for sharing their music and culture with us (and you).
Maracatu Blog #1 includes my introduction from the book along with some brief overview of the instruments used in traditional maracatu nations. As this maracatu blog progresses we will get deeper into the music, however it will begin with a series of posts about the history of the music. As a professional drummer/percussionist I feel that it’s very important to understand the culture of a style of music before digging deep into the music. In my opinion, culture is what shapes the music in any society – music is a reaction to the social events that occurred in a period of time in that society – therefore making history the foundation of the music.
Please share this page and this blog with any of your friends who are interested in learning Brazilian music and culture, or are just simply interested in music from around the world.
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