Lineu Bravo Luthier has just finished an international order. It was requested by Ken Murray, a teacher at Melbourne University, Australia, in November 2014. The five instruments are: a seven string guitar, a tenor guitar, a “cavaco”, a mandolin and a “caipira” guitar. The delivery is going to take place in May 2016.
The instruments are going to be sent to the the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (MCM) at the University of Melbourne, where Doug de Vreis, also Lineu Bravo’s client, is the main teacher of Brazilian guitar in the contemporary guitar course.
Paulo Aragao visited the school two years ago and worked with the students over three weeks. Ken says that, since then, they realized the importance of developing more ensemble arrangements for the students and exploring a wider range of instrument combinations. He applied for a grant from the university for 5 instruments to help them realize these intentions, and they were successful.
Here is an excerpt from the funding proposal for these instruments, already approved: “This project aims to build a unique set of five Brazilian stringed instruments made by Brazil’s foremost guitar luthier Lineu Bravo for use by MCM students in both contemporary and classical guitar programs. This combination of instruments is not owned by another Australian University.”.
They are planning a concert in December to showcase the new instruments. “This will be led by Doug de Vries and includes a number of staff and students from the MCM, including myself and Adam May. The concert will also coincide with an international symposium on the history of the guitar.”, says Ken Murray.
Melbourne University was founded in 1853 and is the 33rd best university in the world, according to the “Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016”, and in Australia, it is the number one.
It is a public university that stands out in the following areas: Arts, Human Science and Biomedical Science, with almost 40.000 students.
The Conservatorium of Music provides graduation and post-graduation programs of the highest quality apart from a diverse range of innovative and creative research. Their staff are among the most gifted and passionate musicians, teachers and researchers in Australia, and they challenge and inspire our students to become future leaders in music.
The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music hosts a regular series of concerts by students and staff, as well as high profile Australian and international guests.
The luthier Lineu Bravo has been on the Workshop “7-String, technique and style”, that took place at the Eco Sound Studios, Rio de Janeiro. Rogério Caetano e Marco Pereira, acclaimed musicians and clients of the luthier, have delivered the event with mastery and Lineu was at disposal to talk about lutherie, the art of instrument construction.
The event attended all the interested in 7-string guitar language, even the ones who don’t play the instrument.
“7-String, technique and style”, the book
The workshop was based on the book “7-String, technique and style”, written by Rogério Caetano in 2010 in partnership with Marco Pereira. The work is a method that approaches in details all the 7-string guitar technique mainly in “choro” and “samba”, Brazilian typical music styles. Rogério Caetano method is very helpful for those who want to learn how to play a 7-string guitar.
The book approaches all the 7-string guitar mechanics, as well as detailed explanations about scales, movements and cadences. It contains an introduction of schematic and classic models, exercises, and, also, a CD with recorded examples.
The 7-string guitar language
The method described in the book was idealized according to Rogério Caetano and Marco Pereira’s vision of guitar practices, and was the main theme of the workshop.
The musicians, apart from contemplating the legacy left by the masters who have left their mark on the 7-string guitar history in Brazil, have also presented the way the new generation of musicians honors the masters and have them as artistic references. The appropriation of the historical legacy ends up transforming the language of this instrument, since there is a dialogue between the history and the present.