Egberto Gismonti
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Egberto Gismonti, a student of Nadia Boulanger and Jean Barraque' in Paris, fused European classical music, jazz-rock and Brazilian choro on his early albums Egberto Gismonti 1969), Sonho 70 (1970), Janela De Ouro (1970), Computador (1970), Orfeo Novo (october 1970), Agua & Vinho (1972), Egberto Gismonti (1973), Academia De Dancas (1974), with orchestral and electronic arrangements, Amazonas (june 1975), Coracoes Futuristas (1976), Carmo (1977), No Caipira (1978).

His first film soundtrack was A Penultima Donzela (1969), followed by many others on an almost yearly basis. He was also composing music for ballet: Maracatu (1974), Coracoes Futuristas (1976), Conforme A Altura Do Sol (1978), Construcao (1978), etc.

The highlights of his jazz period are: Danca Das Cabezas (november 1976), with percussionist "Nana" Vasconcelos, Sol Do Meio Dia (november 1977), with Vasconcelos, saxophonist Jan Garbarek, percussionist Collin Walcott and guitarist Ralph Towner, Gismonti/Vasconcelos/Smetak (1979), Solo (november 1978), Magico (june 1979) and Folksongs (november 1979), with bassist Charlie Haden and saxophonist Jan Garbarek, the double-album Sanfona (november 1980), which returned to his Brazilian roots, Duas Vozes (june 1984), with Nana Vasconcelos.

Other albums of the early 1980s include: Circense (1980), Em Famiglia (june 1981), Fantasia (1982), Sonhos De Castro Alves (1982), Cidade Cora‡ao (1983), Violao (february 1983), Egberto Gismondi & Hermeto Paschoal (1983).

His later albums are more relaxed and personal: Egberto Gismonti (1984), Trem Caipira (september 1985), Alma (october 1986), Feixe De Luz (1988), Pagador De Promessas (1988), Kuarup (1989), the cryptic solo Danca Dos Escravos (november 1988), the group effort Infancia (november 1990), Amazonia (1991), El Viaje (1992), Casa Das Andorinhas (1992), Musica De Sobrevivencia (april 1993), Meeting Point (june 1995) with the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra.

His film soundtracks became more ambitious with La Bela Palomera (1987), Kuarup (1988), Amazonia (1990), El Viaje (1991). His neoclassical works include several compositions for chamber orchestra, such as Danca das Sombras (1983), Strawa no Sertao (1991) and Realejo (1991), ten String Quartets (1987-90), Cabinda (1992), Imagem & Variacoes (1992). Other ballets include: Natura (1988), Inconfidentes (1988), Iemanja (1990), Dancas Solitarias (1990), etc.

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