Bossa nova is a genre that has been exported all over the world and is appreciated by an audience consisting of people from a broad range of cultures and experiences. However, there are some common feelings that almost every listeners seems to derive from the music. A free spirited escape and a calm relaxed experience are 2 of the most common feelings people cite from listening to bossa nova.


Udi Horev

This also applies to Israeli musician Udi Horev, who seems to share similar sentiments. He will be performing his brand of bossa nova in Jerusalem on  September 5 at 8:30 p.m. as part of the Confederation House’s current world music series.In his interview with Jerusalem Post, Udi Horev describes his  relationship with bossa nova and music in general.

“For me, it is a form of escapism,” says guitarist Udi Horev about his preoccupation with the sunny vibes of bossa nova music from Brazil. “This music is definitely not from here; it comes from a different world.”

“Bossa nova has a sort of rhythmic feel that is gentle but still very tangible,” the guitarist explains. “It is also such colorful music. It offers a way of accessing some other energies and sentiments.”

“I listened to records of music by people like [iconic Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos] Jobim. I’d try to work out the different roles the musicians played and the types of rhythms in the music. It was both wonderful and challenging,” he says.

“Bossa nova is a mix of all kinds of things,” he observes. “There are all the indigenous rhythms and traces of samba and, of course, you have the jazz elements in there, too. There are many jazz musicians who have taken an interest in bossa nova.”

“I come from so many different musical directions, that it was hard for me to say, ‘I’ll do this and that.’ Also, the mix of bossa nova offers great opportunities for improvisation,” he notes. “You can feed off the different genres in there. You can hear that in improvisation on chord changes and harmony.