Eminent Percussionist, vocalist and Berimbau player Nana Vasconcelos has died of lung cancer at age 71.He was a master of the single-string percussion instrument.
- Brazil born eight time Grammy Award Winner worked over the decades with Brazilians Milton Nascimento and EgbertoGIsmonti, Americans Don Cherry and Pat Metheny.
- The American jazz magazine Downbeat named Vasconcelos percussionist of the year each year from 1983 to 1991.
- He stared learning at the age of 12 from his father, He was a drum kit performing at bars with local music groups.
- Vasconcelos who took on the nickname Naná began playing behind his guitarist father. An adaptive player from his early days.
Nana’s Early Career:
- Nana rose to national distinction after he started playing with Nascimento at Rio de Janeiro in the 1960s.
- Nana’s first, recording album Africadeus, was recorded in 1973 while Vasconcelos survived in Paris.Saudades, from 1979, was an ECM recording featuring Gismonti on guitar and the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra.
- Later in 1981, Vasconcelos began an alliance with guitarist Metheny, which led to the Brazilian contributing to the latter’s 1981As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls, 1982 Offramp and 1983 Travels
- His 2011 releaseSinfonia&Batuques, won the Latin Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album, one of several Grammy-winning albums that featured Vasconcelos.