Egídio Leitão

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Jan 09 2017

David Feldman: Horizonte

Horizonte

Rich Horizon Carioca pianist, producer and composer David Feldman (Rio de Janeiro, 1978) was born in an instrumentalist family. At the early age of four, he began his formal musical education, and in 2002, he graduated from the New School Jazz and Contemporary Music Program in New York. He also studied with Luiz Eça. He has …

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Jan 04 2017

Danilo Brito: Danilo Brito

Danilo Brito

Choro Heir One of the most authentic forms of Brazilian music, choro has been honored at home and abroad. Many names have carried the choro tradition through the ages. Traditionally performed on mandolin, choro requires two essential elements: soul and dexterity.  Waldir Azevedo, Jacob do Bandolim, Joel do Nascimento and more recently Hamilton de Holanda …

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Nov 30 2016

Hans Vroomans: Saudade do Brasil

Hans Vroomans

Stunning! Recently I was watching Nelson Faria‘s Um Café Lá em Casa featuring Dutch pianist Hans Vroomans. As a bonus after the show, Nelson released a special video recording of Hans Vroomans playing Antonio Carlos Jobim‘s “Saudade do Brasil.” Although MúsicaBrasileira.org has never reviewed a single YouTube video, this particular rendition deserves your viewing most definitely. So, …

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Nov 18 2016

Dan Costa: Suíte Três Rios

Suíte Três Rios

Endless Sea of Excellence! Brazilian music has really solidified its presence in the world music scene. Countless artists across the globe have performed and recorded classics from the Brazilian songbook. Each year new names surface with noteworthy albums. Dan Costa (London, UK – 1989) is yet another newcomer who creates Brazilian music and extends our …

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Oct 28 2016

Carlos Walter: Calendário do (A)Feto

Calendário do Afeto

A Labor of Love The anticipation of a first child can create anxiety for a lot of parents. There are so many issues to be addressed and taken care of during those months leading up to child birth. For Minas Gerais guitarist and composer Carlos Walter (Uberaba, Minas Gerais, 1979), however, the anticipation of his first …

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Aug 27 2016

Ismael Tiso: Ventos do Sul

Ventos do Sul

A Clube da Esquina Legacy The saying goes that the apple does not fall far from the tree. A native of Três Pontas (Minas Gerais, 1986), Ismael Tiso is a living example of that old adage. The family name is well known in Brazil. His cousin, Wagner Tiso, is one of Brazil most renowned arrangers. He …

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Jul 31 2016

Renato Braz: Saudade

Saudade

A Voice for the Ages! Can saudade  be accurately defined? Arguably not. Most people believe that the Brazilian word for deep, almost painful, longing and nostalgia is a feeling that offers no direct translation in any other language. Instead of trying to explain saudade, why not hear it? For his U.S. debut album, Saudade, Renato Braz (1968, São …

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Jul 23 2016

Gabriel Santiago: Momentum

Momentum

A Successful Road Ahead! You have heard him with an orchestra (Alive, 2012), with a quintet (The Blue Rock Sessions, 2010), in various other formats (Connections, 2014, and Gabriel Santiago, 2008), and now we are finally presented with an intimate portrait of Gabriel Santiago in a splendid solo album, Momentum. Born in Ilhéus, Bahia (1980) and raised in a …

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Apr 30 2016

Antonio Adolfo: Tropical Infinito

Tropical Infinito

And Now Something Completely Different… In the last few years I’ve been trying to keep up with Antonio Adolfo‘s discography, and that has not been an easy task. He has released more albums than I can find time to review here in MúsicaBrasileira.org. What is remarkable is that every time he comes out with a …

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Apr 26 2016

Carol Saboya: Carolina

Carolina

Like Father, Like Daughter Four years have passed since we last heard Carol Saboya (Rio de Janeiro, 1975) on a full solo recording. Her 2012 Belezas – The Music of Ivan Lins and Milton Nascimento was her US debut following several previous album recorded and distributed in Brazil and Japan. After that 2012 release, we also …

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