Renowned Brazilian composer, singer, guitarist and percussionist, Vinicius Cantuaria was April 29, 1951 in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. He has garnered widespread acclaim based on his precise guitar playing, world-class songwriting, and seductive Portuguese language vocals. As a composer, Cantuaria has had his music recorded by many of the top popular artists in Brazil, including Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, among others.
Cantuaria moved deom Brazil’s Amazon region to Rio de Janeiro to play drums with O Terco, one of the legendary bands (together with Os Mutantes and Sagrado Coracao da Terra) of Brazilian progressive rock.
The music that Cantuaria created over the 1990s decade represents a bridge between classic bossa nova and the hip 21st Century variations on the Tropicalia sound coming out of Rio De Janeiro, New York City and Tokyo.
In a career that has spanned more than three decades, Cantuaria has both absorbed tradition and broken all the rules. While living in Rio, he performed alongside Brazilian superstars Gilberto Gil, Chico Buarque and Caetano Veloso, for whom he wrote Caetano’?s first million-selling hit, Lua e Estrella.
After moving to New York City in 1995 to pursue his solo career, Cantuaria has been relentlessly sought after as a percussionist and guitarist by cutting edge figures in rock, jazz, world music and performance art like Laurie Anderson, David Byrne, Bill Frisell, Angelique Kidjo and Ryuichi Sakamoto. Most of these illustrious collaborators have returned his favors by appearing on the albums in which Cantuaria, possessed of a seductively gentle voice, takes center stage.
Vinícius Cantuária (1982)
Gávea de Manhã (1983)
Sutis Diferenças (1984)
Nu Brasil (1986)
Rio Negro (1991)
Sol Na Cara (Gramavision, 1996)
Amor Brasileiro (1998)
Tucumã (Verve/Polygram, 1999)
Vinicius (Transparent, 2001)
Live: Skirball Center (Kufala, 2003)
Horse and Fish (Bar/None, 2004)
Silva (Hannibal, 2005)
Cymbals (Naïve, 2007)
Samba Carioca (Naïve, 2009)
Lágrimas Mexicanas, with Bill Frisell (Naïve, 2011)
Índio de Apartamento (Naïve, 2013)
RSVC, with Ricardo Silveira (Adventure Music, 2013)
Vinícius canta Antonio Carlos Jobim (Sunnyside, 2015)
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and 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 albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.