Pífanos of Brazil

Pífanos of Brazil

By Rebecca Kleinmann The Pífano, pifaro or pife is a wind instrument of the Northeast region of Brazil. Usually made of bamboo or “taquara” wood, the pífano has seven holes: one for the embouchure, and six finger holes. Flutes of this basic design are some of the...
The Brazilian Spirit

The Brazilian Spirit

By Alejandro Gedeon It was 1989 and I was a student at Cal Arts when I saw this dark bottle from Brazil with an incredible art deco label on it. Opening it was painful. It was like opening a treasure you could only find on a shipwreck. After pouring the golden liquid...
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