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Quatro Climas

Conrado Paulino Quarteto: Quatro Climas

Beautiful Music for Every Mood! Guitarist, arranger and composer Conrado Paulino (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1960) started his professional career in Campinas, São Paulo, in the early 1980s. After playing in some of the local nightclubs there, he moved to São Paulo. He studied classic guitar with Jorge Molinari and Roberto Lara while still living in Argentina. …

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Like Nice

Celso Fonseca: Like Nice

The Musical Heritage of João Gilberto Celso Fonseca’s new album Like Nice has written “bossa nova” all over it. It’s a pure dedication to the musical heritage of João Gilberto. With the legendary composer/ performer in mind, Celso further perfected his technique of the João Gilberto bossa chords on the acoustic guitar. His voice was …

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Vinícius Canta Antônio Carlos Jobim

Vinícius Cantuária: Vinícius Canta Antônio Carlos Jobim

It’s All About Bossa Nova The story about Vinícius Cantuária has been told before here on MúsicaBrasileira. How the singer from Manaus (1951) released catchy pop albums in the 1980s and reached the unwanted status of pop idol. To escape that commercial circus, Vinícius moved to New York (1994) to find his own direction in …

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Mente Clara: Forrozêra

Forró Jazz Austin, Texas, claims to be the Live Music Capital of the World. This strong statement is supported in part by the world-famous SXSW (South by Southwest) and ACL (Austin City Limits) music festivals as well as Carnaval Brasileiro (over 30 years strong) Pachanga Latino Musical Festival, Urban Music Festival, Fun, Fun, Fun Fest …

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Fernanda Cunha Olhos de Mar

Fernanda Cunha: Olhos de Mar

MP-Brilliant! So often I read about Brazilian artists complaining about the lack of new Música Popular Brasileira (MPB, Brazilian Popular Music). Unfortunately the reality in Brazil is not the brightest when it comes to MPB. It seems radio stations continue a tragic love affair with what’s popular, relegating quality MPB to the back of their …

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Nelson Faria

Nelson Faria: Um Café Lá Em Casa

Making Music with Friends Guitarist, arranger, composer and educator, Nelson Faria (Belo Horizonte – MG, 1963) is an international and well respected musician admired by his peers, critics and fans alike. Besides having released over a dozen albums in solo, duo and trio formats, he is behind some of the most significant recordings in the Brazilian songbook. …

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Longe, Longe

Humberto Barros: Longe, Longe

Fun Again Keyboard player Humberto Barros is a very welcoming musician. When he releases a CD, it feels like you’re entering the living room of someone who loves to show you around his musical surprises. Humberto has a way to come up with music that bursts with originality. He’s mainly a keyboard player, but in …

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Antonio Adolfo: Tema

An Impressive Career Prolific probably is not an accurate word when it comes to Antonio Adolfo (1947, Rio de Janeiro). It doesn’t quite describe just how much this composer, pianist, arranger, producer and teacher does in what most of us struggle with in a mere 24-hour day. In the last two years, for example, he has recorded …

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Symphony in Bossa

Minas: Symphony in Bossa

Symphonic Bossa Five years before the release of Bossa Nova Day (2009), Orlando Haddad and Patricia King had started a major scale collaboration with maestro Bill Zaccagni to produce an album for their group Minas. The plan was to use their own compositions along with others from the Brazilian songbook. Unfortunately, Bill Zaccagni passed away in 2007. Nevertheless, the …

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World of Pixinguinha

Hamilton de Holanda: World of Pixinguinha

Perfect again! Mandolin player Hamilton de Holanda never sleeps. If he’s not on tour somewhere in the world, then he can be found in a recording studio. For this album, Hamilton combined the two: he recorded the album in studios at various places all over the world. In each place he invited a very special …

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Batente de Pau de Casarao

Túlio Borges: Batente de Pau de Casarão

Forró and Poetry from the People A year or so after the release of Eu Venho Vagando no Ar, Túlio Borges began to work on his next project. That first album garnered the attention of critics all over Brazil as well as abroad. For example, Brazilian critic and musicologist Zuza Homen de Mello succinctly told his readers …

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Casa Aberta

Lili Araújo: Casa Aberta

Substance Meets Style Immediately upon hearing the initial groove of “Negro Coração” (composed by Alegre Corrêa and Raul Boiera), the song chosen to open the second release of Rio born vocalist / composer Lili Araújo, entitled Casa Aberta (Delira Música, 2012), you know you are going to be on an interesting, yet relaxing, musical journey. …

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