NEXT STOP, WONDERLAND
About The Music
The soundtrack for NEXT STOP WONDERLAND features the cool jazz
melodics of some of the best-loved Bossa Nova and Samba tunes
ever recorded, including the Antonio Carlos Jobim hits "Desifinado,"
"One Note Samba" and "Corcovado (Quiet Nights),"
all performed by legendary Brazilian singer Astrud Gilberto.
The lyrical samba-inspired score by Argentinean composer Claudio
Ragazzi sets out to rhythmically reflect the humor and melancholy
of Brad Anderson's late 20th century romance. Brazilian singer
Bebel Gilberto -- daughter of Joao Gilberto, one of the originators
of Bossa Nova in the late 50s -- and New York recording
artist Arto Lindsay contributed the vocals. In addition to the
vintage recordings and the original score, three covers of Bossa
Nova classics were recorded by Bebel Gilberto and Vincius Cantuaria
for the film: "Girl From Ipanema," "One Note Samba"
The sounds of Samba have a deep cultural resonance for the people
of Brazil -- a lyrical and poetic exploration of the innate rhythms
of love and life. Fusing West African, Portuguese and Native American
traditions, the music arose in the early part of the 20th century
in shanty-town carnivals where a hip-swiveling dance known as
the "semba" soon become the "Samba." Later,
in the 1950s, a vibrant and increasingly influential group of
young Samba artists introduced Bossa Nova -- or the New Wave of
Samba. Inspired by Samba but incorporating new popular influences,
Bossa Nova was a simpler, sweeter evocation of the Samba sound,
devoid of complex polyrhythms and abstractions, expressing the
purity of longing and romance.
In 1962, the Antonio Carlos Jobim's song "Girl From Ipanema,"
performed by American jazz artist Stan Getz with Brazilians Joao
Gilberto and Astrud Gilberto, became the number one hit in the
U.S. This led to a surge of hit Bossa Nova tunes performed by
artists such as Astrud Gilberto, Sergio Mendes, Walter Wanderley
and others throughout the mid-60s. At the same time, Brazilian
artists Jobim and Gilberto -- as well as musicians like the Tamba
Trio, Edu Lobo, Baden Powell and Marcos Valle -- continued to
refine Bossa Nova and Samba into one of the most expressive forms
of international pop music.
By the late 60s, a new generation of Samba artists began to emerge
from the Bahia region of Brazil. Led by Gilberto Gil and Caetano
Velosa, this new movement went back to Afrocentric roots merging
the Bossa Nova sound with the more aggressive beats of rock n'
roll and returning to politically expressive lyrics. Today, Samba
continues to be a vital part of world culture and an irresistible
vehicle for protest, storytelling and celebration.
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