natalia mallo

Scottish-Brazilian Collective Day 1

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So today we started (me, drummer Mariá Portugal and pianist Marcel Barreto) a collaboration with the wonderful Scottish trio Aonach Mor, from Glasgow.

We chose to work on 2 really iconic composers from Scotland and Brazil: Robert Burns and Luiz Gonzaga. We did a new arrangement that blends “Ae fond kiss” with “Asa branca”. And it was so amazing to see that the melodies go together really well, and that both songs share this nostalgic feeling that turns sadness into something beautiful.

Burns talks about a love that ends with a kind kiss, and Gonzaga, hypnotized by the bonfires of St John in northern Brazil, wonders why is there so much sadness in the world. The answer could be: just so that we can make music out of it 🙂

Here’s a little of what happened today. It was a delight.

This is a part of a series of co-creations between Brazil and the UK, supported by the British Council, Creative Scotland and Live Music Now Scotland.

Author: Natalia Mallo

Artist, curator and entrepreneur.

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