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Memórias do Brasil

by Ted Falcon

Brazilian music---acoustic, upbeat, grooving and fun, featuring the mandolin in a variety of styles from choro to jazz to bossa nova and forró.
Genre: Latin: Brazilian Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Mistura e Manda
2:34 $0.99
2. Assanhado
4:31 $0.99
3. Memories of Home
4:07 $0.99
4. Choro Novo
3:08 $0.99
5. De Limoeiro a Mossoró
5:23 $0.99
6. Brejeiro
4:17 $0.99
7. Valsa em si
4:18 $0.99
8. Carioquinha
3:06 $0.99
9. Lamentos
4:25 $0.99
10. Taiane
2:32 $0.99
11. Música das Nuvens e do Chão
5:39 $0.99
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Memórias do Brasil


Los Angeles Choro Ensemble

Ted Falcon...mandolin and violin
Edson Gianesi...pandeiro and all percussion
Colin Walker...7 string guitar (1,2,4,5,6,8,10)

Mitchell Long...cavaquinho (1,2,4,6,8,10) guitar (3)
Andy Connell...clarinet (1,2,4,6)
Fabiano Nascimento...7 string guitar (7,9,11)
Jovino Santos Neto...accordian (5), melodica (10), piano (11)
Pablo Motta...acoustic bass (3,7)
Keith Barry...chromatic harmonica (3)

Produced by Ted Falcon

It all started when I was a kid. My earliest recollection of Brazilian music was during our long car rides from Pennsylvania to Florida to visit my grandparents. My Dad had this tape that had Sergio Mendez Brasil 66 on one side and the innovative guitarist Luis Bonfa on the other. We would listen to it over and over singing along with "o Pato" and "Agua de Beber".

Later on, I remember my father playing these virtuosic guitar pieces that were so surreal by Villa-Lobos. The music combined beautiful melodies with a harmonic sophistication that wasn't jazz or classical. It was incredibly passionate music, though sometimes dissonant. These guitar partitas were musical stories that you could hear over and over again... a real musical adventure. My Dad taught me several of these pieces by rote on guitar. The shapes were not from chords I had seen or heard before, and the rhythms were different too. This music had a special quality, a magic about it that filled my heart. I think all true art has this quality of amazement and wonder.

When I think about my childhood, Brazilian music has always been there at home. Reconnecting with these musical roots is the story that Memories of Brazil engages to tell.

Memories of Brazil is my first mandolin recording. I wanted to present a variety of styles from choro, jazz, forro, frevo, along with a mixture of composers, from Hermeto Pascoal to Jacob do Bandolim, to show the incredible diversity of Brazilian music. This became realized through the Los Angeles Choro Ensemble. They are the core band on most of the songs, helping to retain the authenticity of the music. I'm also grateful for the special performances of Mitchell Long, Jovino Santos Neto, Andy Connell, Fabiano Nascimento, Keith Barry and Pablo Motta.

As a violinist and guitarist, I thought it would be easier to switch to the mandolin. However, I quickly discovered that it was its own monster, requiring different technique, invention and dedication. Playing the Brazilian-style mandolin (bandolim) has been my main focus over the past 4 years. It has definitely been a fun time of discovery, personal challenge and rich musical growth.

I hope you enjoy the music---Ted Falcon



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Gabriela Masala, Consultant, Artist

Infectious, effusive tunes... rich, multilayered, inspiring! Love it!
Ted Falcon's new cd, Memories of Brazil, makes my heart sing and my body groove! This is an excellent collection of infectious, effusive tunes. It is rich, multilayered, inspiring and definitely captures the magic of Brazil.
Having had the honor of listening to Ted Falcon masterfully play mandolin and violin in ensemble with other virtuoso musicians live, this cd instantly brought me back to the ecstasy of those times. The musicianship is of the finest quality and the spirit of this music is extraordinary!

Linda vaccaro

Bravo!, Beautiful and inspiring music!
Bravo!, Beautiful and inspiring music.

Ted Eschliman

A stellar musical tribute to the luxuriant music of Brazil.
While the early Choro ensemble tradition is one of technically brilliant and unyieldingly precise execution, Falcon manages the obligatory level of impeccable playing while injecting a joyous buoyancy and striking degree of playfulness. He and his support cast of incredibly capable players take this fun seriously, trading roles of melodic prominence with finesse and a sense of reckless, yet calculated abandon.

This CD sets the standard for an American-born effort to promote this genre north of the equator. Featuring the classic Brazilian compositions of such masters as Ernesto Nazereth, Waldir Azevedo, Nelson Aves, Pixinguinha, the legendary Jacob do Bandolim, and some amazing Falcon originals, this 11 song CD is a refreshing tour of this luxuriant music of Brazil.

Donna Prara

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK.... Preview alert...

So you thought you’ve heard it all in Brazilian Music?? Think again,....until you’ve listened to this fantastic hot-off-the-press CD by Ted Falcon and the L.A. Choro Ensemble, you haven’t heard anything!

Each song takes you on a captivating journey South of the Border, to a spot held in universal esteem by all music afficianados that seek and appreciate fine masterful playing.

In Ted’s case, his approach is traditional as well as contemporary. The music itself is timeless, and while the styles may be tried and true, they are still fresh and invigorating the way he presents them. The instruments
include mandolin, 7 string guitar, clarinet, pandeiro (Brazilian “tambourine”), etc., and are woven together in a captivating tapestry of sound, texture and rhythm that keeps your feet tapping and your heart soaring.

Choro is a definite musical theme throughout the CD. Chorinho, or “little cry” is the gentle giant that propels the sounds forward in fugue-like surrender, all the while employing masterful jazz-like techniques on the instruments, in a flattering flutter of notes and musical ideas that are hard pressed to be found on any other jazz or Brazilian CD.

You can’t get tired of playing Ted’s recording. Each time you will be entertained and delighted beyond usual expectations, and new sounds and inspirations will fill your soul.


Robert Kyle

Great tunes and beautiful playing!!!
For lovers of acoustic Brazilian music, this is a really nice collection. Some songs you know and some you don't, but all well worth hearing!!!