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|London Bossa Nova Festival 2008
Celebrating 50 Years of Bossa Nova
BOSSA NOVA HITS LONDON
*** A TRULY INNOVATIVE, EXCITING FESTIVAL ACCESSIBLE TO ALL ***
The London Bossa Nova Festival 2008 is celebrating 50 years of this world famous music with an intimate exciting showcase celebration followed by a huge free festival, bringing the captivating sound of Bossa Nova to it's millions of fans and introducing it to a younger audience. The festival is organised by Bossa-Brazil a young and vibrant London based company passionate about Brazilian culture and music.
To coincide with the anniversary exciting and innovative events will be taking place right across the country, these will include an amazing showcase event for press and the public in London followed by huge free open air festival on London's South Bank.
The Bossa Nova Festival is presenting a huge variety of the worlds top international artists as well as exciting and innovative new artists, bringing you the best of traditional and new Bossa Nova together with the evolution and influence of Brazil in todayÆs music.
behind the company Bossa Brazil, are already firmly established in the music and
tourism industries with a proven history in successfully organising
these events. Bossa Brazil also takes it's social responsibilities seriously and is working with charities, which provide welfare programmes in Brazil.
WHAT IS BOSSA NOVA?
ItÆs a rhythmic, sensuous, captivating style of Brazilian music, created in 1958 and made popular at the end of the decade. It's popularity quickly spread from its roots in RioÆs Southside, throughout South and North America and across into Europe. Young musicians and college students embraced it's unique avant-garde style, which was adopted by many jazz artists worldwide. Recently, contemporary European artists have reached out to Bossa Nova, giving it a new edge, often called Tecno Bossa or Bossa Electrica its enduring rhythms have permeated lounge bars right across the world.
Bossa Nova is most commonly performed on the nylon-string classical guitar, played with the fingers rather than with a pick. Its purest form could be considered unaccompanied guitar with vocals, as exemplified by many of the famous Bossa Nova Artists. Even in larger jazz-like arrangements for groups, there is almost always a guitar that plays the underlying rhythm.
The piano, is another important instrument of Bossa Nova, often seen as a bridge between Bossa Nova and Jazz, forming a contemporary merging of the two.
ORIGIN OF THE TERM "BOSSA NOVA"
In Brazil, to do something with "Bossa" is to do it with particular charm and natural flair, as in an innate ability. The term "Bossa" was used to refer to any new "trend" or "fashionable wave" within the artistic beach-culture of late 1950's Rio de Janeiro. The term finally became known and widely used to refer to a new music style, a fusion of Samba and jazz, when the now famous creators of "Bossa Nova" referred to their new style of work as "a Bossa Nova", as in "the new thing".
WHY BOSSA NOVA IN BRITAIN?
Britain is fast discovering the exciting and rich sounds of world music with Brazilian artists and sounds at the forefront of this wave. Bossa Nova has always had the exciting air of the avant-garde, championed by the innovators and mould breakers. Now this captivating sound has been embraced by a new wave of artists. They are now introducing to a new generation of enthusiastic mainstream audiences who are finding out for themselves this exciting and passionate genre, joining the millions who have always had a love for Bossa Nova.
The British have always been famously resistant to music not sung in English but now Britain is rapidly becoming one of the launch pads for this new wave of music, bringing together the undulating, summery sounds of BrazilÆs rhythm with the contemporary feel of drum loops and electronics.
Brazil remains a rich breeding ground and inspiration for new musical styles but it is in Europe that some of the classic music of the past is being rejuvenated by contemporary sounds and production.