Egídio Leitão

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Mar 05 2016

André Mehmari, Neymar Dias, Sérgio Reze: As Estações na Cantareira

As Estações na Cantareira

Another Gem Pianist, arranger, composer and multi-instrumentalist André Mehmari is one of those artists who has solidified his name in the Brazilian music scene at a very early age. Born in Niterói (Rio de Janeiro, 1977), he showed interest in music as a child while listening to his mother playing the piano in their home …

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Feb 19 2016

Gustavo Baião: Canções de Gilson Peranzzetta

Canções de Gilson Peranzzetta

Songs for a Lifetime In a country where female singers seem to be better known than their male counterparts, it is often rewarding to hear of a new Brazilian male singer. The benefits are even better when he comes from outside the Rio de Janeiro – São Paulo axis. That is precisely the case of Gustavo …

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Jan 30 2016

Imaginário: John Finbury featuring Marcella Camargo

Imaginário

Luscious Bossa Bossa Nova is a genre that seems to evoke feelings and emotions merely with its soft and smooth sounds. One Bossa Nova song can create the image of a sailboat and make you feel like sailing it on calm waters.  Another song can bring out the passion you felt when you first laid eyes …

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Nov 25 2015

Conrado Paulino Quarteto: Quatro Climas

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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Oct 11 2015

Mente Clara: Forrozêra

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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Oct 02 2015

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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Sep 04 2015

Nelson Faria: Um Café Lá Em Casa

Nelson Faria

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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Aug 07 2015

Antonio Adolfo: Tema

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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Aug 01 2015

Minas: Symphony in Bossa

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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Jun 08 2015

Túlio Borges: Batente de Pau de Casarão

Batente de Pau de Casarao

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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