“Maracaípe,” the title track from Tonar Records’ Beijing Guitar Duo CD, has been nominated for a Latin Grammy. Composed by Sergio Assad especially for the duo, it’s up for “Best Classical Contemporary Composition.” Here’s how Assad describes his composition:
Maracaípe, written for and dedicated to the Beijing Guitar Duo, was named after a beach of the same name situated on the northeast coast of Brazil, within the state of Pernambuco. The piece is a musical description of a brief visit to its sand and water. Maracaípe is a surf paradise and is home to a world surf tournament. Although it is a place full of vitality during the daytime, in the evenings its air carries a certain melancholy. Written in two parts, Maracaípe offers a vision of this melancholy mixed with the strength and energy of the surfing waves through the first part called Wistful Rider. The second part depicts a crab walk on the beach sands through an energetic type of dance with origins on the northeast region of Brazil.
It’s the third Grammy nomination for Tonar, the Timonium-based label founded by Peabody guitar virtuoso Manuel Barrueco. The Latin Grammy Awards will be held November 11th in Las Vegas.