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Tavinho Moura is specialized in the Brazilian viola - a smaller kind of violão, with 10 metallic doubled strings, specific for the caipira (redneck) repertory, which is practiced with enormous variations in the folklore of each region. Tavinho, a mineiro (from the Minas Gerais state), really expands the folklore of his region, inserting harmonic/melodic ideas from contemporary imagery, but never losing the tracks of genuine tradition. This album is instrumental and comprises 14 originals. He is helped by several musicians, including the violão virtuose Nonato Luiz. The music is very direct and communicative, melodically and harmonically simple, but the execution is challenging, poetic and inspired. Attention for the beautiful theme of "Manoelzim da croa."


Genre: World

Years Active: '90s

Tavinho Moura is an urban middle-class musician who, taken by the magic of the "caipira" (hillbilly) culture, dedicated himself to that music. In his case, along with research and adaptations of folklore, like in "Cálix Bento" and "Peixinhos do Mar," the latter with Fernando Brant (both recorded by Milton Nascimento), that also meant the systematic study of the performance of the viola, having become an accomplished solo instrumentalist, as evidenced in Caboclo D'Água and Diadorado. As a composer,...
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