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Tropicalia at 50: Mingling Music & Myth

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 05/07/2013 - 11:09 pm

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The Music: Tropicalia is undeniably one of the most misunderstood and misidentified forms of Brazilian pop music.
Tropicalia (aka Tropicália or Tropicálismo) is undeniably one of the most misunderstood and misidentified forms of Brazilian pop music. Much of the confusion comes from the seeds of its creation and from the mostly unstructured desire of Brazil's youth generation of the late 60s to make an indelible cultural statement of its own.
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The Waters of March: The Story Behind...

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 03/19/2013 - 08:33 pm

Spring can be the most fickle of seasons, especially here in Chicago. Last year, we were basking in a nine-day stretch of 80 degree weather, but as I write, the wind chills are driving the cold into single digits. “In like a lion, out like a lamb?”  We can only hope…
Down south, the seasons are reversed and spring follows the Brazilian summer as the beginning of the rainy season (only the very southern parts of Brazil ever see snow). Brazilian rains can be both powerful and prolonged, and the red clay washes away easily.
I guess it’s no surprise that spring’s ‘fluid’ nature has found it way into song, and that’s way I like to feature a ...

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Brazil: What It Means When We 'Spring...

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 03/08/2013 - 08:38 pm

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What is it: Time to ‘spring ahead’.
Why is it important: If you don’t change your clock, you might be late, which almost never happens in Brazil.
 
Time’s up! If you’re planning a call home to mom, or ready to schedule a conference call with a client in São Paulo, take note of America’s annual ‘spring ahead’ time change, which takes place this Sunday morning at 2:00 am.
Here in the good ol' USA, be sure to set yo ...

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Understanding Elis Regina

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 03/01/2013 - 06:02 pm

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As our world grows ever smaller, the prominence of cultural icons such as Elis Regina begins to shrink as well, slowly replaced by the quickening pace of the latest trend, the 24 hour news cycle, and the next Twitter subject for his or her “140 characters of fame.”
This is the time of year where, as Spring arrives and clocks likewise “spring ahead”, we stop to look back at the woman who many consider to be Brazil’s greatest singer. So, for taking ...

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US Clocks Turn Back The Hands of Time

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 11/01/2012 - 08:46 pm

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Running on ‘Brazilian Time’ usually means a more relaxed pace to the day. But in this case, we here on the northern side of the equator are getting ready to put our own spin on the clock, and we’ll do it this weekend.
The USA leaves Daylight Savings Time this coming Saturday night. This means that cities like Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasilia moved ahead of US cities by one additional hour, making the time difference in New York three hours, Chic ...

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15 Things To Know About Brazilian Ind...

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 09/08/2012 - 12:25 pm

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15 things you should know about Brazilian Independence Day
 
1.    Brazil celebrates its 195th anniversary as a nation on September 7th this year.
2.    The Brazilian flag recreates the night sky over Rio de Janeiro (the former capital city) as seen on November 15th, 1889.
3.    The Provisional Flag of the Republic of the United Sates of Brazil preceded the official flag and is very similar to America’s ‘Stars and Stripe ...

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10 Questions! with Ricardo Silveira

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 08/04/2012 - 06:25 pm

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Take a look at a picture of Ricardo Silveira, and you’ll have a portrait of international musicianship. For the better part of two decades now, the Brazilian guitarist has consistently and creatively redefined his role in contemporary jazz by successfully balancing the cultures of two countries. Ricardo would be the first to say that looking back is only good for seeing where you were, so it’s fair to ask where he’s headed next - with these 10 Questions:
 
10Q: How did you get started with music and who or what sparked your interest - specifically in ja ...

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Cachaca: Brazil's 'Summer Solution'

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 07/11/2012 - 01:06 pm

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It's no surprise that Brazilian sugarcane growers wasted no time in distilling the harvest; the potent libation helped ward off the ever-present heat and humidity, and the wretched work of carving out a life in the New World. So, go ahead. Take a sip.
 

 
Most countries have one or two signature beverages that are world famous: Irish whiskey, German beer, Italian reds.  Brazil has its own entry in this crowded international field. It’s a clear fragrant rum di ...

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