Los Indios Tabajares: The Classical Guitars Of Los Indios Tabajaras (LP)
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'Classical Guitar' may be a relatively new phenomenon in the istory of this very folksy, very popular, very romantic instrument. But there are two old hands who have breathed even newer life into it.
The famous pair: Los Indies Tabajaras, two Brazilian rothers who once knew nothing about classical music and who, in fact, had to make sure their first guitar—an abandoned one they found near home on a jungle path—was not a strange weapon. It wasn't long before, they figured out what it was. Magic in their hands.
Like many a great guitarist, Natalicio and Antenor Lima are self-taught (there were few music professors in the rain forest). But they didn't stop with simply learning to conquer their new-found strings. Nor did they stop with their own country's music. Nato and Tenor knew there was a world out there. They knew there was music.in it. And they set out to find it, first on foot and then through sheer determination.
It was on to Mexico, on to Europe, and on to the discovery of Western music. And to the discovery of the kind of dedication that has made Los Indios Tabajaras unique in today's music world. They heard piano music, and they decided to fashion the Rind of guitar that could play all the notes a piano could play —even though they had to build it themselves. They heard lassical music, they felt its pulse, and it wasn't long before hopin, Beethoven and the great Latin and Romantic composers were a favorite part of their astonishing and always-growing repertoire.
Like their repertoire, Los Indios Tabajaras keep growing. From Mexico to Japan to Paris to the renowned Amsterdam Concertgebouwouw Orchestra to New York's Town Hall to American network television, they have created a company of millions of fans. But (Trough all of their successes, they remain perfectionists and some-more. They continue to be innovators with the souls of true musicians. -Nowhere does their genius prove itself more beautifully than in their - tment of the classics. You'll hear it in the majestic precision of Chopin's Ones and be amazed that it took only two great guitarists to create the '-sty. In the fantasy flight of Beethoven's Bagatelle in A Minor. In the quiet fires of Serenata Espanola and Hera Staccato. And in every mood gentled the guitars of Los Indios Tabajaras. Los Indios Tabajaras have discovered the world and mastered its music every delicious variety. If you haven't yet discovered Los Indios Tabajaras, do it now. And let hem take you to wonderful places where the guitar has never sung so proudly.
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The two brothers Muçaperê and Erundi, two sons of a large chieftain's family, belonged to the Tabajara, a tribe of indigenous Indians living in the extreme north-east of Brazil near Cariré in the state of Ceará. In their youth they came to a guitar and brought themselves to play their traditional music on it. They decided to travel the 2000 km across the country to the metropolis Rio de Janeiro to try their luck with their musical art. They were by no means discovered there by a theatre agent who managed them and provided them with concert appearances and, from 1943, a record contract as well. They changed their names to common Brazilian names, but became prominent as the Índios Tabajaras.
They toured South America for six years. They then went to Mexico, where they not only performed for a long time, but also looked for guitar teachers to perfect their guitar playing and nevertheless complement their repertoire in the direction of classical music. In the 1950s, appearances followed in North and South America and an important European tour.
At the end of the 50s, however, the two brothers recorded a number of albums in Mexico, some of which were released in the United States via the small label Vox. Her single María Elena was not yet a great success in 1958, but nevertheless always sold. The title was composed in 1933 by the Mexican Lorenzo Barcelata as a tribute to the then wife of President Pontes Gil and had long since been a million-seller and number one hit in the United States in a sung big-band version by Jimmy Dorsey in 1941. In 1962 their label RCA, within which they were under contract to Mexican branch, decided to release their instrumental guitar version in the United States. Surprisingly the single became a great success and reached the top 10 of the US charts. The following release in Europe and other countries again brought several top 10 placings in Great Britain and Australia.
While Los Índios Tabajaras remained a one-hit wonder in the charts in the majority of countries, they were able to place the equally named album María Elena in the top 10 of the album charts in the United States and with Always in My Heart they had a smaller hit afterwards.
At the end of the 1960s they moved from Brazil to the United States and published other albums until the 1980s. Later Antenor Lima withdrew from music. He is now deceased. Nato Lima continued to release music until the 2000s in connection with his Japanese wife Michiko, who is also a guitarist.