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OOTM (Original of the Month) Challenge for November 2022 Write a Latin Tune!

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November 2022 OOTM: Write a Latin Tune

I was a beach boy, and I believe I learned my songs from the birds of the Brazilian forest. - Antonio Carlos Jobim

This is such a vibrant and passionate kind of music! There seems to be differences in how Latin music is defined, but here’s a dictionary definition of Latin jazz in particular:

Latin jazz is a genre of jazz with Latin Americanrhythms. The two main categories are Afro-Cuban jazz, rhythmically based on Cuban popular dance music, with a rhythm section employing ostinato patterns or a clave, and Afro-Brazilian jazz, which includes samba and bossa nova.

But no hard rules as usual- it’s all for fun to prompt some songwriting and share ideas!

The different rhythms are the keys of course, but also chord progressions so I’m starting with this for some direction.
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Here's a piece for concert band called summer breeze in modest cuban/bossa style. It's the last of my 4 movement piece "4 winds" - and I could thankfully link two of them in the odd meter OOTM.
The sounds are sibelius/noteperformer. I wrote this for a composition contest for junior concert band, which I did not win ;) But without the contest I wouldn't have invested the time and work and I learned a lot on the way. So if you run a ensemble like this - drop me a line and I'd be glad to send the parts.
All the best!


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Thank you whamptoncourt, Sonja and lostcircuits for your very nice words.

I can’t believe you didn’t win!

:) It was the first time I took part in such a competition and it was a great experience to keep the focus to a goal and a deadline. I think the winner was a full time concert band conductor, so it's great, that a person who really makes a living as a musician won that price.
The biggest advantage with an awarded piece imo is, that it's granted that there's an ensemble who plays the dots on the paper in a concert. Really difficult to find an orchestra who's willing to try out a composition from a noname guy....
(so if you play in a concert band, I'd be happy to send you the parts .... ;) )
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