Brazilian Music Day is an online effort to identify and catalog all the recordings of Brazilian Music throughout the world, and introduce you to ideas and music from this vibrant culture. It will remain active as an online resource to make this culturally significant body of work readily available to people around the globe for study and enjoyment.

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The ARChive presents:
a free, permanently available, online database of Brazilian recordings and their locations around the world.

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Major Parties + Festivals

  • NEW YORK - Sun, Sept 2
  • BOSTON - Brazilian Women Group hosts 17 Annual Party. Sept 6 - 9
  • ARIZONA - organized by Afrobaile Sat, Sept 8
  • LOS ANGELES - At the La Brea Tar Pits! Sat, Sept 8
  • BIRMINGHAM, UK - Espirito Brum Festival. Sept 11 - 16
  • go to party page



    Download the Compilation

    Beginning Sept 7, the good folks at ABMI (the Brazilian Independent Music Association), along with Borandá Records will allow you to stream or download a compilation of new music from their membership. Discover + enjoy! listen or download


    JMU School of Music

    Presents a workshop, symposium and concert at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia. poster + info

    CD Baby + Borandá Records Promote Brazilian Music Visit CD Baby's Editor's Picks and see their Blog this Friday, and all thia week, as they invite retail clients + you to listen to music they and Borandá love. Also Blog spot and Facebook post in Portuguese. see their picks


    Jazz Samba

    Archivist Fred Patterson explores the Jazz Samba LP and the Bossa craze. Read


    DJ Dolores offers personal mini-sets inside a Taxi in Londonderry, Northern Ireland! Live mix with manga beat genius DJ Dolores inside a cab as you cruise the streets and groove as you move.

    see what's happening


    Radio EldoradoCatch a full day of programing, and a contest for the greatest Brazilian album - VOTE by Sept 4 - from our pals at Sao Paulo's leading station.

    See all they are doing

    CineMúsicaThis is the only festival of it's kind, in Conservatória, a small town in the west of Rio state, from September 6th - 9th.

    go to the festival see our movie music poster gallery

    Brazilian WaxLuiz Bonfa wrote "A Brazilian In New York," and we're here to tell you about some Brazilian Record Collectors in New York. Eilon Paz runs the site Dust and Grooves and is putting together a book of brilliant and insightful portraits. Here are links to two collectors that just happen to have some very nice vinyl, AND are Brazilians in New York.

    see Joel see Alexandra

    JazzNet247 Radio, AustriaJust for us they put together a slideshow of floats, flora, flotsam and femmes from Carnival in Rio.

    see slideshow

    Industria Brasileira, a wonderful film on music making in modern Brazil by Carlos Franca and S.H. Fernando Jr. @ WordSound

    more info see the film

    Mais Um Discos

    is a small UK based label dedicated to unearthing new and exciting Brazilian music. The bonus to all their excavation is this poster that comes with their Oi! compilation, a free poster (96cm x 66cm) printed from a woodcut commissioned from Brazilian street artist Derlon Almeida and printed by Sao Paulo's legendary Grafica Fidalga print workshop. Go to the bottom of their site to see this amazing printing process. label info

    Next - India Music Week - October 2013

    Learning from and building upon this Brazilian Music Day, as well as last years Muslim World Music Day, we are preparing an even larger overview of the subcontinent! Director B.George is off to deliver a paper at the IASA Conference in Delhi on Oct 10, and then visit and talk with as many Universities, Archives + Libraries as he can manage; with a little luck pick up a few recordings along the way. So start planning now and get in touch if you want to be a part of India Music Week. Down the line we are planning for Days in Scandinavia (2014), Cuba (2015), Louisiana (2016), China (2017) and …

    Symposium @ Columbia


    Whose Music Is It, Anyway?: The Politics of Property and Archives in Brazil, the Americas, and at Columbia

    Sept. 28, 3-5pm.Casa Hispànica. Participants: Carlos Sandroni, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco; Dylon Robbins, NYU; Alejandra Bronfman, U. of British Columbia; Aaron Fox, CU; moderated by Marc Hertzman. NOTE later date, as our DAY is so early in the academic year. see fab poster + read all about it CU library Brazilian music resources


    Music + Dance – The Samba Society - Sept 3, Labor Day. 4pm. Trópico de Nopal Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. A roda de samba dance and music event for the whole family. info
    Music + Dance! – Forro In The Dark - Sept 5, Nublu, NYC. info

    Concert – Sergio Mendes

    Sept 7. 8pm. Sergio Mendes makes a rare appearance in NY. Concert Hall at The New York Society For Ethical Culture, NYC. info

    Radio – JAZZNET247

    Anytime after Labor Day! On demand online netradio offers four special programs and a slideshow, Dreams of Rio with Wes + Fabi, BG's Sound Spheres with Bruce Gilman, The Lelia Russo Latin American Show, and a special with Wes on STREETJAZZ.

    Radio – Sonoridade

    Beginning Sept 7. online, on demand @ artonair . Host Béco Dranoff hosts his first live guest, producer & DJ Maga Bo, a pioneer of the electro/world music scene. info hear the show

    Lecture – David H. Treece at The British Library,

    Sept 7. 12.30pm. British Library, London. Free. "The Meanings of Music in Brazilian Culture" by Prof. Treece, Camoens Professor of Portuguese, King's College and author of the forthcoming book: Brazilian Jive - from Samba to Bossa and Rap event info insight-Brazilian holdings @ library

    Radio + Live Music– KAOS - Spin The Globe

    Sept 7. 10am-noon PT. Olympia, WA. Scott Stevens hosts his 13th Anniversary Show with a live performance from Choro Tomorrow! listen live online

    Music – Eduardo Mendonça + Show Brazil!

    Sept 7. 12-1:30pm. Out to Lunch Series, Freeway Park, Seattle, WA. Traditional + contemporary music + dance by Seattle based international troupe. info

    Music– Brasileirinho

    Sept 7. 1pm CST. Alumni Center, U of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Etnomusicologists show their choro chops between presenting papers @ BRASA Confab.

    Radio – Brazilliance

    Sept 7. 6-7pm EST. WUMD 89.3 FM + online @, live, Dartmouth, MA. info

    Radio – Wabash Bossa Beats

    Sept 7. 6:30-7:30pm Wabash College, WNDY 91.3, Crawfordsville, IN. Dr. Ivette Wilson plays classic Bossa to honor the 50th anniversary of "Garota de Ipanema." go to station

    Music – Duo Barrenechea

    Sept 7. 8pm. Brazilian Endowment for the Arts, NYC. Flute and piano duo Sergio and Lucia Barrenechea perform works by Brazilian classical composers. info


    Sept 7. Midnight. Nublu 62 Ave C, NYC. Bahian vocalist + percusionist member of Stomp.

    Music – Veronica Nunes + Ricardo Vogt

    Sept 7. 9-11pm. Beco Bar, Brooklyn. An evening of classic sambas by Veronica, voice + cavaquinho and Ricardo, guitar + voice. info

    Music + Dance – Alo Brasil

    Sept 7. 9pm. World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, PA. a "tornado of rhythm and sound" (Philadelphia City Paper) info

    Music – Roberta Campos

    Sept 7 + 8. 22h. Tom Jazz, Sao Paulo, Brasil. An evening with this young singer songwriter. info

    Music + Dance – Samba da Independencia with Aleh Ferreira

    Sept 7. __pm. Casa Cultural Brasil Tropicàlia, Copenhagen, Denmark. A night of samba, MPB and…

    Party – Brazilian Independence Day Luau!

    Sept 7. 10pm-2am, CST. Jupiter's, Champaign, Il. The Luso-Brazilian Assoc. mixes fuzzy drinks from two hemispheres! go to invite

    Music – Tony Lasley

    Sept 7. 6-9pm, PT. Finch's, La Jolla, CA. Bossa Nova originals with Brazilian Portuguese lyrics. Tony's info

    Radio – Mundofonías - RNE - Radio Nacional de Espana - Radio Exterior

    Sept 8, This just in: "Hi, we're joining this celebration, dedicating part of our next show to Brazilian Music Day." listen

    Dance Party – Forro Party with Scott Kettner

    Sept 8. 6-10pm. New Paltz, NY. Party with Scott Kettner. info

    Music – Tucumanus from Amazonas

    Sept 8. 8:30pm. SOBs presents at their early show, NYC. Then cool down with their fabulous Bossa Nova Brunch Sunday, Sept 9, starting @ noon. info

    Music – Debora & Dani Gurgel

    Sept 8 + 9. Two chances to hear this jazz duo at Somethin Jazz on the 8th @ 9pm + at our favorite uptown venue, the Shrine, Sept 9. 8 pm info

    Music – Paulo Levi with Trio da Paz + singer Maucha Adnet

    Sept 9, Sunday. New date! 2:30-5pm. Free outdoor garden concert. 11BC Community Garden, 626 East 11th St, Manhattan (bet Ave. B & C) Check site for raindate. site info

    Music – Samba Jazz Sundays @ Zinc Bar

    Sept 9, Sunday. Sets at 8:00, 10:00, and 11:30pm. Village, NY. The best of Brazilian Jazz led by the pianist & composer Cidinho Teixeira tonight with Greta Panettieri. info

    Radio – INCREDIBLE Brazilian Music Day on WKCR. 89.9fm

    Sept 12 - 13. Wed, one pm - Thurs, one am. 12 hours of Brazilian Music in coordination with the ARC's Brazil Music Day. With LIVE performances! 2pm Nanny Assys and friends / 330pm Dani Gurgel / 5pm Kay Lyra / 7pm Clarice Assad / 9pm Mais Um / 10pm Ze Luis / 12am Zooga Malaga. info on streaming show info

    Music – Roberta Campos Record Release Concert

    Sept 12. 19h30. Teatro Rival Petrobras. Rua Alvaro Alvim, 33 - Cinelandia - Rio de Janeiro. info

    Music – Rosa Morena Russa Band & Pavel Ehrlich

    Sept 14. 7:30pm. Hamburg, Germany. Singer songwriter Rosa Morena Russa + artist Pavel Ehrlich, offer "Russian samba" and Slavic "saudade." info

    Festival – Tudo é Jazz

    Sept 14 - 15. Ouro Preto, Brazil. 11th edition of this jazz fest that mixes Brazilian and international artists. info in Portuguese

    Music - UM BOA! – Joyce

    Sept 21-23. sets 7:30 + 9:30pm. Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York. info

    Recent Blog Post

    From our youtube channel go to channel

    ARC gathered together more than 3000 Brazilian music videos.

    Essays + Other Nice Stuff

    Minas Music Brazilian State of Minas Gerais Donates Music

    Beginning Sept 7, the State with the coolest capital city name on the planet - Belo Horizonte - began collecting recordings and metadata for this project. You will be seing the info added to the database next week. Thanks to the local government and Lailah Gouvea Aburachid @ Programa Música Minas/Fórum da Música de Minas for making this all happen.

    Baile FunkThe Funkeiros Fight - A Hidden Social and Cultural Movement

    Essay by Emmanuelle Saliba on emergence of Rio's Baile Funk music as a social movement in the 1970s. Ms Saliba also provides a shortlist of favorite funk carioca songs and links here.

    Music Genre Map of Brazil


    This map indicates the birthplace or incubator of the many genres and styles of Brazilian music, state by state. Authors Chris McGowan and Ricardo Pessanha crafted it for their book, The Brazilian Sound. They ask that the map not be copied or reprinted without permission. see LARGE map

    Chris' next book, The Brazilian Music Book: Brazil's Singers, Songwriters and Musicians Tell The Story of Bossa Nova, MPB, and Brazilian Jazz and Pop is out Oct 15, and he has graciously allowed us to offer you a glimpse of the opening introduction.
    click to read

    Praca OnzeMusica Brasiliensis

    Scholar Daniella Thompson has a few wonderful sites and here's a link to her history of Praca Onze (Square Eleven). Vanished landscape, birthplace of samba, history of early Brazilian recordings - its all part of this history of a public space, inspiration to a host of great songs, dancers, authors and musicians.

    Soldiers Got Soul

    Who knew that West Point was a hotbed of Portuguese language loving, Samba swingers? This is one of our favorite discoveries, courtesy of Lieutenant Colonel (Army) Carlos Frederico Cinelli. The Cadets went out of their way, early in the semester, to put this together for us. The performers of "Chega de Saudade" are all drawn from the Portuguese Section of West Point Department Of Foreign Languages. I loved the fact that every correspondence was marked, "unclassified." About the same time that this came in, Dr. Ivette Wilson, who is hosting an NPR radio show at Wabash College, said she will be singing "Chega de Saudade" in the classroom with her MLL-101 (Elementary Portuguese I) students to practice regular and irregular verbs in the present!

    Let's Get Lyrical

    If all this makes you want to sing, but your Portuguese is a bit rusty, may we suggest Lyrical Brazil, a very nice collection of lyrics, in English, each with a bit of history about the song.

    Berimbau + Capoeira ClassLondon School of Capoeira

    Will offer a Berimbau class in the morning and a 'Roda' - to improve your cool moves - in the afternoon. Sept 8, UK.

    A Chapter + Verse Contemporary Carioca

    You can read or download the preface and introduction to Frederick Moehn's excellent Contemporary Carioca: Technologies of Mixing in a Brazilian Music Scene (Duke University Press, 2012). Mr. Moehn is Lecturer in Music at King's College London in the UK. Our pals at Afropop also publish an interview and overview with Mr. Moehn, Rio 2: Samba Strikes Back

    11th International CongressBRASA (Brazil Studies Association)

    On Sept 7, Charles Perrone will speak on Eco-visualizations in Contemporary Brazilian Lyric. Others at the confab will cover topics on classical and popular forms and ideas. Centered @ the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. September 6-8

    Library DisplayWiener Music & Arts Library

    Elizabeth Davis + Sean Knowlton up @ Columbia have put together a display case of Brazilian materials in their collection. Drop by and see.

    Can't Take My Eyes Off of You

    I've always been drawn to a certain type of torch or maybe tortured singer - short dark cropped hair, nervous, vulnerable - from Helen Morgan to Judy Garland to Elis Regina. Here's an all too familiar song, performed remarkably by Elis. I'm also quite fond of list songs, and this is one of the best. Here's what I wrote about Jobim's "Águas de Março" ("Waters of March") a while back.

    Choro A Brazilian Musical Practice: The Roda de Choro

    Nice blog entry just for us on history of Choro and performance practice from the good folks at the Choro Music Blogspot.

    Donation of Regional MusicPrograma Música Minas

    On Brazilian Music Day Programa Música Minas / Fórum da Música de Minas will launch their campaign to collect the music from the State of Minas Gerais and donate this material to ARC. Thanks to Lailah Gouvea Aburachid for organizing.

    Film Trailer– - Beyond Ipanema.    Watch the trailer to the film.

    Donation of Digital MusicFarOut Records

    London based and Brazilian centric FarOut Records is the first label to send us complete metadata on their digital releases. This is a good first step in our creation of a Digital Librarian and our Born2Loose cataloging project. Of course they also sent their physical material, and all the info is entered on our database page.

    Don't Ask; Don't Tell

    As I was leaving the ARC, after 22 hrs straight of html hell, I noticed quite a few events that were a part of Brazilian Music Day, but they forgot to tell US! Like the amazing radio and live event on WKCR, Sept 12. So I walked over to hear Brazilian DJ Miller Cruz who was throwing a party at Churracaria Tribeca. Digital CD turntables and a Macbook, using a baby grand as a mixing table, such is the modern world. But the sounds were mello, cachaça flowing, a nice cap to a great day.


    Whataya Think?

    Globo News did an interview with Beco and B. last month and we showed them a copy of Saludos Amigos, an album of songs from the 1942 Disney film. The 'album' (three single discs in one wrapper) features the Ary Barroso song "Aquarela do Brasil" (Watercolors of Brazil) on Decca Records, A-369. This was one of the first authentic Brazilian song that anyone in America ever heard, and was the first Brazilian song to be played a million times on Stateside radio.

    What is remarkable is how vivid and clean the sound of this 78rpm shellac (that's insect resin) disc from 1942 is. And here's the question: Will your songs on your i-phone, i-pod or MP3 player sound this good in 70 years?

    Ales play the video

    Ales at Rio Carnival - film

    This is a string of brief snippets from a film that I shot in 1999 of the ales, or 'wings' that accompany the floats that parade in the Sambadrome during Rio's carnival. If the women on the floats are the flesh, then the ales are the bones that make the carnival human. They come in blocs of color, wave after wave, and are a wonder to behold. Everyone should attend Carnival once - either the big-time one in Rio, a street version in Bahia, or in any of the cities in Brazil.