BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Tico-Tico no Fubá”

For this battle I’ve chosen two young guitarists playing "Tico-Tico no Fubá," a Brazilian choro written by Zequinha de Abreu in 1917. You might remember it from Ethel Smith’s 1944 version from a couple of weeks ago. Anyway, here are our contestants:

Paola Hermosín

The actual song starts about 58 seconds into the video, and there’s about a minute worth of bloopers at the end.

Lucas Brar

Lucas is new to me, and I think I’ll spend some time getting to know him and his music.

Those are our contestants. Here are the directions:

  1. Listen to the two songs.
  2. Decide which song you like the best.
  3. Vote for your favorite by leaving me a comment with your choice. If you feel like telling us why, feel free.
  4. Then, visit the other participants and vote in their Battles:

I’ll tally the votes and announce the winner next Friday, October 8, so be sure and get your vote in to me by then, if you wish.

The lines are now open. Good luck to Paola and Lucas!

16 thoughts on “BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Tico-Tico no Fubá”

  1. Like others here, I’m voting Lucas. I think it sounds “cleaner” than Paola’s version. I’ve performed a clarinet quartet version of this at a performance before (3 clarinets and a bass clarinet) and that version was more like Lucas as well, which probably contributes to my preference.

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  2. I love this song and they each gave their own interpretation. Lucas gave it almost a jazz vibe to it where Paola stuck closer to the original feel. I really like her version which sounded more upbeat to me so she gets my vote.

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  3. JOHN ~

    I really liked both of these recordings. I listened to both of them twice each, just to make sure I was sure how to vote.

    I think if the question were, “Which of these two would you rather kiss”, I would vote for Paola, because I don’t think I’d like Lucas’ facial hair rubbing against my face at all!

    But musically, I felt that Lucas had a slightly nicer tonal quality and a bit more variation in the rhythm and melody. It was pretty close, but after two listenings to each one, I vote for Lucas Brar (hold the facial hair).

    ~ D-FensDogG

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  4. This was really close for me; they were both wonderful. I think Paola’s performance was better and “brighter”, but when I closed my eyes, I could groove to Lucas’ mellow sound a bit more. So I’ll swim against the tide, cut against the grain, spit into the wind … ahem … and cast my vote for Lucas Brar.

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  5. Lucas Brar is one amazing dude. His 10 Russian songs vid, , is an awesome display of his scope. But that’s no competition for Paola, an equally totally-skilled musician, whose arreglo para la guitarra here does not fail us. But with her charm and beauty and humor turned up to 11, it’s no contest. Paula por una cabeza, as she might say (an expression used when a horse “wins by (the length of) a head”, and thence a Carlos Gardel tango in her output, as well).

    In the 1970’s I worked with a (descendant of a) text-editor program called TECO, “text editor and corrector” at MIT, which was pronounced the same, obviously intentionally, and I always thought (and think) of this title (which I never connected with this piece, which I vaguely knew, too). Oddly, the term foobar (cf fubá) was common in that context, but it is pronounced fúbar).

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  6. John,

    I enjoyed both guitarists. In the end, it was Paola Hermosin who won me over with her energetic sound. Nice battle! Check out my BOTB when you have the time, my friend. Have a funtastic Friday!

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  7. This is another song I associate with juggling acts and other novelty performers. My parents probably had more than one version of this on record.

    I could greatly appreciate the technical skill and the flash of the version by Lucas, but Paola’s version drew me in more. My vote goes to the lady.

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