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A Snowy Night With Warm Music From Brazil

12/29/2010 06:59 pm 18:59:24 | Updated May 25, 2011

The first of many blasts presaging an unusually cold, snowy winter had just hit Amsterdam when I attended the Dutch Jazz and World Meeting in early December. Now that we here in the northeast USA have experienced our first major blizzard (soon to be a memory) I thought I'd present my own snowy souvenir of the Netherlands.

Some background: The notion of combining what had formerly been two separate events (World Music in Rotterdam, Jazz in Amsterdam) into a single meeting came about because there was so much crossover between the jazz and the world musicians. That was a natural enough observation, but the Muziek Centrum, which funds and organizes the event went one step further and made a real effort to combine the jazz and world music business community as well. I personally think this worked brilliantly, and many new connections were made as a result of this intentional mixing.

As to my video: so much of Brazilian music contains elements of jazz that it could be the poster child for Jazz-World fusion. And that seems a great way to set up this sweetest of performance moments from the meeting, which included myriad showcases in three venues, one of which, the multi-level Melkweg (Milky Way) club hosted this one.

Some of you may remember Lilian Vieira from her work with Zuco 103, a highly successful Dutch band that combined electronica with Brazilian music. Here she performs with Rogério Bicudo, a wonderful guitarist and singer-songwriter with deep roots in choro, that beguiling urban music that demands both dexterity and creativity. Lilian seems totally happy in this aggregate too. Snuggle up.