State of Things
1:43 pm
Thu November 6, 2008

Brazil And Branford And Beyond: The Classical Side Of Branford Marsalis

Jazz artist Branford Marsalis
Jazz artist Branford Marsalis
Credit courtesy of the artist

Saxophone master and Durham resident Branford Marsalis has never shied away from a challenge when it comes to tackling music.  The jazz legend's latest undertaking incorporates his sax into the classical music traditions of South America in a show called "Marsalis Brasilianos: Villa Lobos, Milhaud and the New Worlds of Brazilian Modernism."  

The series of musical works pays homage to Heitor Villa-Lobos, perhaps the most famous classical composer to hail from Brazil.  Marsalis joins host Frank Stasio to talk about the legacy of Villa-Lobos and what it took to reinvent classical works for a contemporary audience and adapt them for the saxophone.

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