Nana Vasconcelos (02 August1944 - ) is a brazilian percussionist, who specialized in the 60s in the Berimbau. August 2 is the 214th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (215th in leap years), with 151 days remaining. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Percussion instruments are played by being struck, shaken, rubbed or scraped. ... Image:Berimbau. ...
He formed a group named Codona with Don Cherry and Collin Walcott. Also appears on Arild Andersen's album "If You Look Far Enough" with Ralph Towner. Don Cherry (18 November 1936 - 19 October 1995) was an innovative jazz trumpeter probably best known for his long association with saxophonist Ornette Coleman. ... Collin Walcott (Born 24 February 1945, Died 8 November 1984) was an American jazz musician. ... Arild Andersen (born October 27, 1945) is a Norwegian bass player. ... Ralph Towner is an American acoustic guitarist. ...
NanaVasconcelos was born in Recife on the Northeast Coast of Brazil and, even after twenty years of playing throughout the world, his roots are apparent in everything he plays.
Nana returned to Brazil and recorded his album, Amazonas, and began a collaboration with guitarist Egberto Gismonti that lasted for eight years and produced three albums of duets.
Nana's very original use of the drum machine is distinguished by an unusually careful tuning that makes it sound almost organic and by his ability to play it live, typing out polyrhythms instead of programming them layer by layer.
Naná Vasconcelos is one of the cluster of endlessly inventive Brazilian percussionists who were changing the direction and sounds of Brazilian jazz in the post-bossa nova 1970s.
Vasconcelos is an especially inventive virtuoso of the berimbau, the weird yet expressive instrument shaped like an archer's bow, and he is also adept at the odd-numbered meters (5/4, 7/4) that were used frequently in the north but not the south of Brazil.
In the meantime, Vasconcelos joined the Pat Metheny Group from 1980 to 1983 as a "special guest," one who had the effect of rerouting Metheny's music in the general direction of Brazil.
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