Artist Profiles: Nó em Pingo D’Água

Nó em Pingo D’Água

Nó em Pingo D’Água was formed in 1978 and features 5 musicians Celsinho Silva on percussion, Mario Seve on saxophone and flute; Papito on bass; Rodrigo Lessa on bandolim and steel guitar; and Rogerio Souza on guitar.

The group was a pioneer in developing the style of music that is known today as “choro novo” – innovative interpretations of traditional Brazilian instrumental music. They’ve been credited in part for awakening a tremendous enthusiasm among young people for this style of music, which today is wildly popular in clubs, concert halls, and the hot nightspots of Rio.

Their music is the result of many influences, converging in the heart of Rio de Janeiro: Afro-Brazilian rhythms and percussion, typical Brazilian instrumentation, European classical influences, a bit of samba and a dash of jazz.

The group’s name “Nó em Pingo D’Água” literally translated is “a knot in a drop of water” – but as the expression implies, the meaning is more like “something extremely difficult to achieve”.

The year 2003 marked their first tour in the United States, made possible with the joint support of Brazil’s Ministry of Culture and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame.


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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel is also co-founder of the Transglobal World Music Chart.

Angel has also produced and remastered world music studio albums and compilations for labels such as Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, and Music of the World.


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