Leonardo V. Boccia – Homenagem
The debut release from new label Lugar Alto is a winsome reissue of Leonardo V. Boccia’s 1984 tribute to Brazillian music, Homenagem. The esteemed Italian researcher / musician / composer came to Rio de Janeiro via academic initiation in Berlin, set up in Salvador, and was then invited to research the northeastern music of Bahia. He founded the experimental group Macchina Naturale and performed regularly with a combo and as a soloist. The album comprises original compositions for instrumental ensembles, composed, directed and produced by Boccia, incredible for their breadth and variety. In this work, Boccia pursues his interest in combining traditional Brazilian musics with contemporary and new age electronics, which serve to clarify, reify and recontextualize recognizable melodies and instruments for their mutability and eternal beauty.
Explains the label, “much of Homenagem examines the genre of Brazilian music known as Choro, or Chorinho, a genre which appeared in Rio de Janeiro in the 19th century. Choro is regarded as the first typically Brazilian urban music and, over the years, it has come to be considered one of the most prestigious genres of national popular music. Stylistically, it originates from Lundu, a percussion-based rhythm of African inspiration but also influenced by European genres. The instrumental composition of choro was based on the trinca flute, guitar and cavaquinho. Over time, other wind and string instruments were incorporated.”