(Quebec) The percussionist Nana Vasconcelos, many have discovered from the jazzman Pat Metheny, died. The Brazilian artist, winner of eight Grammys, died at the age of 71, a victim of lung cancer.
Master Brazilian drums, vocalist and berimbau player – this instrument to the arc of shapes attached to a gourd – Vasconcelos became famous in his native country, before beginning a solo career that has taken him around the globe. He has recorded or played alongside Jon Hassell, Pat Metheny, Evelyn Glennie, Miles Davis, Jack DeJohnette, with Trilok Gurtu and Jan Garbarek, among others. In addition to his solo career and his collaborations, he formed the jazz group Codona, where he worked with Don Cherry and Collin Walcott, between 1978 and 1982.
Many of his peers have honored him, including Pat Metheny: “What an incredible musician. Gradually, as I began to use more electricity in the music, I felt it was important to balance this with natural sounds, and Nana was able to offer it in a perfect way; including the way he used his voice. Nana really miss us. ”
During the 80s, Vasconcelos was arrested in Quebec at least a half dozen times, with training and in different contexts. Jean Beauchesne, who said he discovered hip-hop through Vasconcelos, was the Summer Festival when he programmed the first time in 1983. He recalls how the artist who could use body percussion, had fascinated the public.
“He exuded a special aura and he was very friendly, he says. It was a good living, with him we laughed a lot. There was about him a disarming simplicity, but also a terrible efficiency. That’s why he worked with so many people. ”
Vasconcelos, who was named eight times “best drummer” of the world by the US magazine Down Beat, died in the city where he was born in Recife, Brazil.
The Governor of the State of Pernambuco, Paulo Camara has declared three days of official mourning.