~ Drago Bonacich, All Music Guide Ivan Vilela graduated in composition from UNICAMP (SP), where he is finishing a post-graduation course. Vilela composes music for theater and film, and is the author of the regional thematic opera “Cheiro de Mato e de Chao.” He has been researching the cultural expressions of Minas Gerais (BR) for twenty years. Vilela composed and directed a number of records for renowned guitar players and ensembles linked to popular culture. He has also recorded music for children. IVAN VILELA's INSTRUMENT, the VIOLA (10-string Brasilian guitar): Besides the instrument of the violin family, viola is also the name for a 10-string steel-string acoustic guitar, used in Brazilian folk music.
Its origins are obscure, but folklorist Luís da Câmara Cascudo believes it to be an archaic form of the Arab lute (al-luth) that elsewhere evolved into the modern guitar. Brazilian violas have 5 pairs of steel strings in a body similar to that of a smaller Spanish guitar. A number of tunings are used; open tunings are common. Violas are present in nearly all Brazilian music forms, anywhere in the country (although it is declining in some places).
It most often associated with Caipira Music (Brazilian country music), with some forms of North-Eastern music and with folkloric music. It was once used to play urban music, like choro, samba and Maxixe, but has been replaced by the acoustic guitar. For more information, read the scholarly paper written by Ivan Vilela: http://ensaios.musicodobrasil.com.br/ivanvilela-aviola.pdf DISCOGRAPHY (Partial): 1. Hortela ~ with the singer Priscila Stephan (1985) 2.
Trilhas ~ with the ensemble Trem de Corda (1994) 3. Paisagens (1998) 4. Espiral do tempo ~ with Anima (2000) TRACKS for ESPIRAL DO TEMPO: ~Deodora ~Tartarassa ~Cant'as Mangueire / Adeus Surpresa ~Estampie ~EEl Testament d'Amelia ~Mestre Pequeno ~Se Jamaif Jour ~Além de Olinda ~Duas Gigas ~Tirana da Rosa ~A Força Do Boi ~Je Vivroie Liement ~Beira Mar (Riacho de Areia) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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