I recently arrived in Europe and reunited with some old friends from Amsterdam. We spent the week playing music. We shared new pieces we have learnt and ran through tunes we haven't played since we last met.
When I get the opportunity to play music with other musicians with whom I share a similar repertoire, I always marvel at the way music allows us to speak to each other, even across language barriers. This is a common theme in music, but one that continually presents itself when performing and playing with musicians with whom you share a whole set of tunes, in this case, music from Brazil. The set themes or topics, the deviations and improvisations, the jokes and playfulness are reminisent of 'conventional conversation'. When we converse, we are interacting and improvising. Things we are going to say are not planned ahead of time and what is said and the topics that are spoken about all depend on where the conversation goes. And just like this, music is a conversation between instruments. Partly planned and partly spontaneous.
Below is a photo of my good friends Mariandoro and Kasper de Waal. Also some videos of Kasper and I playing Noites Cariocas and Brasileirinho.