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Meus Quintas

Maria Bethânia: Meus Quintais

Continuing… Maria Bethânia’s backyard is full of Brazilian tradition. Just like Brazil’s backyards. As one of the country’s most popular vocalists, she loves to share with her audience a repertoire that represents the social and ethnic diversity of Brazil. At this particular moment in her life, Bethânia ventilates her emotions in a masterful way. It’s …

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10 Degrees South

Sherie Julianne: 10 Degrees South

A Noteworthy Debut Raised in Miami and now living in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sherie Julianne recently released her first solo album, 10 Degrees South, with solid arrangements by Brazilian pianist Marcos Silva, who has been her mentor for over 10 years at the Jazzschool in Berkeley. He brings his vast experience with such stars …

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Na Carreira

Chico Buarque: Na Carreira

A Beautiful Career When Francisco “Chico” Buarque de Holanda was thinking about going on tour with the songs of his latest studio album (Chico, 2011), he decided to make something like a career-overview of it. Not an easy task if you consider that he had a choice of more than 400 compositions. Somehow he managed …

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Amigos Brasileiros Vol. 2

Harvey Wainapel: Amigos Brasileiros Vol. 2

Good Friends in All the Right Places! Following his successful 2007 Amigos Brasileiros, Harvey Wainapel (saxophonist and clarinetist) revisits that idea with a great twist. Whereas in that CD he was surrounded by musician primarily from the southeast of Brazil (mainly the Rio de Janeiro-São Paulo area), this time Wainapel travels northeast to delve into the rich …

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Organ tRio

Ricardo Silveira: Organ tRio

The Good Old Days The career of guitarist Ricardo Silveira is a rock solid one. As an all-round musician he has performed on countless (recording) dates ranging from MPB, Bossa Nova, fusion, jazz, pop, … Ricardo Silveira (Rio de Janeiro, 1956) spent a few years in Boston to study at the Berklee College of Music, …

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Três Pontos

Três Pontos: Três Pontos

A Promising Debut When three friends from the Conservatório Dramático e Musical Dr. Carlos de Campos, in Tatuí (in the state of São Paulo) get together, you can expect some surprising things to happen. Musicians and actors from all over Brazil come to this prestigious school to develop their artistic skills. Students Dô de Carvalho …

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Simone Guimarães: Clarice

Blending Literature and Music Clarice Lispector (December 10, 1920 – December 9, 1977) was a writer who revolutionized Brazilian literature with her innovative books, short stories and chronicles in Brazilian newspapers. Born in Ukraine, Clarice moved to Brazil at a very young age and lived in Recife (Pernambuco, in northeast Brazil) at first. Later in …

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Bonfá Toca Bonfá

Tavynho Bonfá featuring Mark Isbell: Toca Luiz Bonfá

A Warm Dedication Tavynho Bonfá is a name that immediately makes an association with Luiz Bonfá. “Bonfá” is a name that is cherished by most of the Brazilian music fans. So Tavynho Bonfá already has some credit as soon as he shows up. And after hearing his music, one can only be happy that the …

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Rio Choro Jazz

Antonio Adolfo: Rio, Choro, Jazz…

From Rio to the World! Ernesto Nazareth (Rio de Janeiro, March 20, 1863- February 4, 1934) is considered the father of the Brazilian tango. One of the most influential Brazilian composers, Nazareth composed primarily for piano, but his music has been successfully adapted and performed in a variety of settings, and most notably in the …

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Concerto de Cordas

Gilberto Gil: Concerto de Cordas & Máquinas de Ritmo

Gilberto Gil’s party It must have been a magnificent party, there in Rio de Janeiro. Gilberto Gil celebrated his 70th birthday and the 50th year of his impressive career. The festivities took place at the historical Theatro Municipal, a landmark building that since its inauguration in 1909, majestically dominates the Cinelândia district in Rio. Gilberto …

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