Sesc Instrumental

31 Mar 2015 / Leonardo Barichello

Recently, I started to use Youtube to listen to music. The idea never seemed right for me, but it seems that Google is monetizing videos that are essentially only music for the benefit of the authors not for that one who uploaded the video, which is good (and maybe sustainable) initiative.

Anyway, this post is about a really good music channel I found on Youtube: Sesc Instrumental. It is a series of live presentations of Brazilian bands playing instrumental music for about 1 hour. The archive covers music from Bossa Nova to more experimental jazz, from chorinho (a kind of instrumental samba) to progressive rock. All videos are legally published and with high quality! It is a good place to find good and non-famous Brazilian music.

I could give a lot of examples here, but I chose the one bellow because of the title of the music "Meu fraco é café forte", whose translation is "My weak point is strong coffee", composed and played by Jaiz in 4.


Other suggestions from this channel: Tom Zé, Carlos Malta and Funk como le gusta.

The sexism of the film "x+y"

18 Mar 2015 / Leonardo Barichello

Last week I went to the cinema to watch x+y, a British film about the journey of a brilliant math student until being part of the British team for the International Mathematics Olympiad. Overall, the film is OK, apart an inexplicable sexist scene in the end.

(spoiler alert)

The film has only three female characters: the boy's mother, a Chinese girl that ends up being the boy's first love and a blonde British girl whose role is not important... until the last 10 minutes of the film. The anticlimax of the movie happens when the coach of the Chinese team finds out that the Chinese girl spent the night in the bedroom of the main character. There was no need to explain how she ended up on his bedroom, but a few minutes after the scene, the blonde girl reveals that she was the one who told the coach implying that she made because of jealousy.

With this scene, all the female characters on the movie are "orbiting around" the main character (his mother, his first love and the blonde girl). I know that girls are not common in this kind of context (math) but there was no need to reinforce the female stereotype in films.

The film would not be particularly good for other reasons but, in my opinion, this scene destroyed it and made it seems highly sexist. After the film, reconsidering all the scenes in which the blonde girl was present, it was clear to me that none was really necessary, what made me think that the "final revelation" was inserted in the film by some kind of external interference (the producer?).

Independently of the reason, it is a shame that a non-Hollywood film supported by BBC portrayed woman like this...

Bixiga 70, pra complementar FCLG

13 Mar 2015 / Leonardo Barichello

Já fazia um tempo que eu estava procurando mais bandas parecidas com o Funk como le gusta (banda que eu, particularmente, acho brilhante!). A música abaixo por exemplo é fantástica!

Um pouco dessa vontade já era satisfeita com Karnak, por exemplo, mas a pegada deles é diferente.

Uma das minhas primeiras tentativas foi a Banda Black Rio, mas achei que apesar de um som gostoso, eles deixavam muito a desejar em inventividade. A sonoridade final acabava ficando um pouco repetitiva, previsível e longe demais do jazz pro meu gosto. Aliás, não consigo entender como um álbum deles figura na lista dos 100 melhores da música brasileira (de acordo com a revista Rolling Stones) enquanto nenhum do FCLG entrou.

Minha tentativa seguinte foi Charlie e os marretas, mas também não gostei muito. Apesar do astral bacana, falta brilho instrumental e as letras nem sempre agradavam. Quase o mesmo ocorreu com a banda Aláfia.

Passou um bom tempo e eis que eu encontro o Bixiga 70, outra banda paulistana com proposta funk. Mas agora sim na medida certa! Com som 100% instrumental, eles tem o balanço que eu procurava entre funk e jazz, com uma presença maior de percussões do que o FCLG. Bastante inventivos mas sem sacrificar demais o ritmo e animados sem serem cafonas. Como amostra, segue a música Kalimba do álbum Bixiga 70 de 2013.

Todos os álbuns da banda podem ser baixados no site oficial ou ouvidos no Youtube e Soundcloud.

PS: das 5 bandas citadas, 4 são de São Paulo.



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