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

I’m a Brooklyn-based software engineer and entrepreneur currently at Google.

I’ve founded a couple of things. Previously, I led the new products team engineering team at Phosphorus Genomics, analyzing genetic data and educating tens of thousands of people on their risks of developing or passing on genetic diseases.

Away from the keyboard, I make food and music. I’m half of a band called Cellolele and I once played in an ad for Versace.