David Ganc - English
Flautista, saxofonista e arranjador

« Back

David Ganc and Guerra-Peixe Quartet plays Tom Jobim

Nearly ten years after Tom Jobim left us, flute virtuoso David Ganc has released his third CD, which features a little-explored facet of the great maestro who wanted to harmonize the world: the Jobim of chamber music. Recorded on the Kuarup label, David Ganc & the Guerra-Peixe String Quartet interpret Tom Jobim orbits around arrangements for string quartet, tailored by Ganc especially for Jobim’s work.

Of the many re-interpretations we can still expect to hear of music by this composer-the favorite child of Villa-Lobos and Radamés Gnattali-this tribute will stand among the most original. Following an invitation to play at a concert in homage to Tom Jobim in Pittsburgh, U.S., in June 2001, Ganc received a request to arrange bossa nova pieces for soprano voice and string quartet. Excited by the resulting musicality, Ganc continued writing for this challenging combination of instruments, his mind already on Jobim. He assigned solos and improvisations to the flute and sax, then added the singular sounds of Brazilian percussion.

“I relied solely on compositional resources in creating the string arrangements-no overdubbing or other studio tricks. I wanted to highlight the colors of Tom’s music. As a composer, he’s already an arranger, blending 100% of MPB and 100% of classical music-and not 50% of each,” David explains. The result shines a light on Jobim’s classicist side, not always appreciated in its full grandeur even though it is on intimate terms with the bossa nova that earned Tom Jobim world recognition.

A tough task was finding a group that could capture the essence of Jobim’s work-sophisticated yet pleasing to the ear for popular music, universal yet with the distinct taste of Brazil. The swinging Guerra-Peixe String Quartet was the perfect medium for these recordings, made between July 2003 and January 2004. It’s no coincidence that this quartet-formed by Ricardo Amado and Rogério Rosa on first and second violins, Jairo Diniz on viola, and Ricardo Santoro on cello-came into being under the inspiration of maestro Guerra-Peixe, whose concision makes him to classical music what Tom is to MPB.

Running through the disc are the percussion talents of Mingo Araújo and the bass of Denner Campolina. Nicolas Krassik (solo violin), Nando Carneiro (acoustic guitar), and Leandro Braga (piano) round out the list of participating artists.

Tom Jobim was so much more than the bossa nova he helped invent. Devoid of their original lyrics, the pieces selected for this CD showcase the remarkable melodic and harmonic quality of Tom’s choros, sambas-canção, modinhas, valsas, and music for cinema and theater. The choro “Garoto” starts off the disc, and the Afro-Brazilian conga drums that open and close this piece form a contrast with David’s classicist treatment.

The romantic “Sue Ann” is part of the soundtrack to The Adventurers, filmed in 1970 by Louis Gilbert. Out of Tom’s great partnership with Vinícius de Moraes came three of the CDs’ tunes: “Água de Beber” (1961) is performed with verve and improvs, “Modinha” (1958) arrives with a melancholy alto sax, and “Só Danço Samba” (1962) begins with pizzicato and percussion evoking a very popular-sounding, very Brazilian-flavored batucada.

Jobim used to say he was an accompanist of singers, but he had only one female partner when it came to composing music: Dolores Duran. The 1957 Brazilian waltz “Estrada do Sol” is one of three written together with her.

“Meu Amigo Radamés”-among Tom’s last compositions-starts off with a string introduction that includes a passage from J.S. Bach’s “Sonata in A Minor for Solo Flute,” executed here on cello. The relationship between these two greats went beyond music. Tom considered Radamés his master, and like few others he explored the popular/classical relationship developed by Gnattali. “Meu Amigo Tom Jobim” was Gnattali’s musical reply.

In “Mojave,” Nicolas Krassik’s solo violin and Nando Carneiro’s acoustic guitar balance with the three wind instruments played by David. On “Rancho nas Nuvens,” Ganc continues this approach, picking up one of his flutes or the sax for each different part of the melody. The piano notes here are the work of Leandro Braga, who adds his improv to the baião section. Closing out the disc is “Você e Eu,” a bonus cut not composed by Jobim but by his constant partners Vinícius and Carlos Lyra.

David Ganc: Flutes, alto sax, arrangements, and musical direction Quarteto de Cordas Guerra-Peixe: Ricardo Amado (1st violin), Rogério Rosa (2nd violin), Jairo Diniz (viola), Ricardo Santoro (cello)

« Back