Villa-Lobos — Assobio a Jato

Probably the best-known of all South American composers, Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887 – 1959) was influenced by both Brazilian folk music and the European classical tradition. Uninterested in a formal musical education, Villa-Lobos taught himself cello and guitar, and set out to explore the Amazon.

He later moved to New York, but never forgot his Brazilian musical roots. Villa-Lobos named his work Assobio a Jato (“The Jet Whistle”) to describe the unorthodox technique the flutist must use in the last movement: blowing with the mouth fully covering the mouthpiece.

Flutist Meredith Packer asked me to join her in playing this piece for a recital in 2013.

Louis Rassaby

Louis Rassaby

My name is Louis Rassaby. I’m a software engineer, entrepreneur, and cellist based in Brooklyn. My preferred language is Scala.

Away from the keyboard, I make food and music. I play a weekly jazz cello gig with my friends at Caffe Vivaldi in the West Village. I’m half of a band called Cellolele.