Rio de Janeiro (April 7, 2006)–Filmmaker Mika Kaurismäki’s musical documentary, Brasileirinho, is a 90-minute musical film about Choro, the first genuinely Brazilian urban music. Merging’s Pyramix systems were used to record all the music.
Brasileirinho has reportedly been a great success at the 55th Berlin Film Festival and is now being shown in France, Germany and Switzerland.
Merging’s South American distributor, Visom Digital, of Rio de Janeiro, provided the recording equipment for the many live music recording sessions. In charge of the recording was Visom director Carlos de Andrade, who explained: “We recorded all the music in 32 channels onto the Pyramix and mixed it for surround and stereo for both the big screen and DVD. We are now also mixing it for CD using a single board Pyramix, MADI card and Euphonix’s 24 channel converters connected via a HUB which allows us to enter up to 48 channels of audio in a single MADI board.”
Director Mika Kaurismäki commented, “In my previous music documentary Moro no Brasil, I chose rather a social point of view, I showed music’s role as kind of a social survival ritual of the people. In Brasileirinho, my approach was slightly different. This time, I used music, Choro, to present how musical expression and performance reflect in everyday life and vice versa. I tried to capture the ‘soul’ of Choro, the magic feeling and the unique emotional bond, the musical brotherhood, between all the involved–musicians and audience–of any successful Choro performance.”
The magic and passion of this music is shown in all of its opulence in the final show of the “Trio Madeira Brasil” in one of Rio’s traditional music halls. This concert, which brings people together from different regions and social classes, finally brings the spectator under the spell of the Choro with its diverse melodies and rhythms.
De Andrade concluded: “We could not have managed such a complex live recording as well on anything else but Pyramix.”