351

Yamandu Costa: Ida E Volta

Elliott Simon By

Sign in to view read count
Yamandu Costa: Ida E Volta
Brazilian music boasts a variety of genres that combine African rhythms with Brazilian and Portuguese instrumentation, harmony and melody. Choro is one such style, whose quick tempos, improvisation and complex structure demands virtuosity. The Brazilian nylon 7-string guitar, with its additional bass string, has become standard in Choro ensembles, enabling the intricately structured harmonics. Yamandu Costa is a young guitarist who astounds with his technique; with the multifaceted Ida e Volta (Coming and Going) he intertwines choro with jazz and world musics for an exhilarating session.

Joining Costa are bassist Guto Wirtti and violinist Nicola Krassik, to round out a string-based power trio that beautifully commingles the sonorities of each instrument. With selections divided among solo guitar, trio performance and a gorgeous guitar/bass ballad entitled "O Sapo E O Grilo (The Frog and the Cricket), Costa elegantly exposes commonalities among disparate genres. A hint of Appalachia, flamenco and guitarists Leo Kottke and Django Reinhardt are but a few influences that happily coexist in Costa's 7-string. "Bonitinha (Pretty Little Thing) has Costa stretching out his instrument's harmonics to a fullness one usually ascribes to a 12-string.

Amazingly, the Brazilian core of this music is never far from center and emotive subtlety is not sacrificed for technical flash. Touchingly emotive guitar soloing, as in the ballad "Se Ela Perguntar (If I Asked Her), fiery rhythmical precision present in the trio pieces and an exceptionally textural full sound are at the heart of these performances. These aspects combined with original compositions and cross-genre sensibility allow Costa to weave together a new Brazilian music that is modern in feel yet anchored in tradition. Ida e Volta showcases a young guitar virtuoso who is advancing Brazilian music for a contemporary world audience through technique, composition and stylistic innovation.

Track Listing

Temporal;O Sapo e o Grilo; Ida e Volta; Cebol

Personnel

Yamando Costa: 7-string guitar; Guto Wirty: double-bass; Nicolas Krassik: violin.

Album information

Title: Ida E Volta | Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: GHA Records

Post a comment about this album

Tags

View events near New York City
Jazz Near New York City
Events Guide | Venue Guide | Get App | More...

Shop Amazon

More

All Figured Out
Derek Brown
Taftalidze Shuffle
Vlatko Stefanovski
Entendre
Nik Bartsch

Popular

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded albums and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, limited reopenings and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary step that will help musicians and venues now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the sticky footer ad). Thank you!

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.