Reflective Bossa

Vinicius Cantuaria

Cymbals (Koch Records, 2008)

Brazilian  multi-instrumentalist and singer Vinicius Cantuaria is able to perform a wide range of styles, from bossa nova to avant-garde jazz. Now based in the United States,  Cantuaria has developed a unique guitar style in recent years that has turned him into one of the most talented and creative guitarists in North America.

Cantuaria’s bossa style is introspective. It has little to do with the happy and easy listening style that passes as bossa nova. In that regard, Cantuaria’s music seems closer to the fado or morna frame of mind. On this latest CD, Cymbals, he has recruited well known musicians such as Marc Ribot and Brad Mehldau, who add an exquisite ambience to the recording .

 

Although many of Cantuaria’s CDs are guitar based, Cymbals focuses on his vocal talent, although you can still enjoy his excellent guitar playing throughout the various pieces.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. He was also the executive producer of the first Latino feature film made in North Carolina titled “Los sueños de Angélica.”.

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