The first of many blasts presaging an unusually cold, snowy winter had just hit Amsterdam when I attended the Dutch Jazz and World Meeting in early December. Now that we here in the northeast USA are digging out of a whiter Xmas than we really wanted, I thought I’d present my own snowy souvenir of the Netherlands.
The notion of combining what had formerly been two separate events (World Music in Rotterdam, Jazz in Amsterdam) into a single meeting came about because there was so much crossover between the jazz and the world musicians. That was a natural enough observation, but the Muziek Centrum, which funds and organizes the event went one step further and made a real effort to combine the jazz and world music business community as well. I personally think this worked brilliantly, and many new connections were made as a result of this intentional mixing.
As to this video: so much of Brazilian music contains elements of jazz that it could be the poster child for  Jazz-World fusion. And that seems a great way to set up this sweetest of performance moments from the Meeting, which included myriad showcases in three venues, one of which, the multi-level Melkweg (Milky Way) club hosted this one.

Some of you may remember Lilian Vieira from her work with Zuco 103, a highly successful Dutch band that combined electronica with Brazilian music. Here she performs with Rogério Bicudo, a wonderful guitarist and singer-songwriter with deep roots in choro, that beguiling urban music that demands both dexterity and creativity. Lilian seems totally happy in this aggregate too. Snuggle up.

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