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Dance of Time by Eliane Elias Wins Best Latin Jazz/Jazz Latin Grammy Award

Eliane Elias – Dance of Time


Dance of Time by celebrated Brazilian pianist and vocalist Eliane Elias won the Best Latin Jazz/Jazz award at 18th Latin Grammy Awards.

The award-winning album includes high profile guests such as Amilton Godoy on piano, João Bosco and Toquinho on vocals and guitars, Randy Brecker on trumpet, Mike Mainieri on vibraphone and Mark Kibble (Take 6) on vocals.



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Minha Casa

Carol Bach-y-Rita – “Minha Casa / My House

Carol Bach-y-Rita – “Minha Casa / My House” (2016)

American jazz vocalist produced her new album, Minha Casa / My House. It’s a collection of jazz and samba songs in English and Portuguese. The music selection includes songs by Cole Porter, Guinga, Bill Cantos, Dizzy Gillespie/Eddie Jefferson, Joni Mitchell, Branislaw Kaper, Henry Nemo, Eden Ahbez, and Carol Bach-y-Rita.

Carol Bach-y-Rita has a warm voice that fits well with her repertoire. She also uses her voice as a percussion instruments at times. The instrumental line-up includes a mix of talented American jazz musicians and Brazilian percussionist Dudu Fuentes.

Lineup: Carol Bach-y-Rita on vocals and vocal percussion; Bill Cantos on piano; Larry Koonse on guitar; John Leftwich on bass; Mike Shapiro on drums and percussion; and Eduard “Dudu Fuentes” on percussion duet.

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A Passionate Tribute to Cartola

Teresa Cristina – Canta Cartola (Nonesuch, 2016)

Teresa Cristina is one of Brazil’s most popular singers. Canta Cartola is her tribute to one of the most famous samba songwriters, Angenor de Oliveira. His artistic name was Cartola (top hat in Portuguese).

Canta Cartola is a passionate live performance released on CD and DVD by Teresa Cristina who specializes in samba and Brazilian Popular Music (MPB). She sings Cartola’s numerous classics that are well known to many Brazilians. The performance took place at Theatro Net in Rio de Janeiro. It’s an acoustic performance Teresa Cristina on vocals and Carlinhos Sete Cordas on guitar.

On Canta Cartola, Teresa Cristina and Carlinhos Sete Cordas deliver a flawless, intimate performance, rich in virtuosity, passion and good humor.

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Elza Soares to Perform at Barbican Hall in November 2016

Elza Soares
Elza Soares


Vocalist and samba star Elza Soares is set to perform on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at Barbican Hall in London. The concert is part of this year’s EFG London Jazz Festival. The show will include special guest Eska.

Known for her husky vocals, Elza Soares has been a defining presence in Brazilian music since the 1950s. She has appeared on over 50 albums and has worked with significant Brazilian artists such as Caetano Veloso, Chico Barque and Jorge Ben Jor.


Elza Soares - The Woman at the End of the World
Elza Soares – The Woman at the End of the World


Elza Soares’ latest album, The Woman at the End of the World (Mais Um Discos), released in June 2016 includes a set of experimental samba sujo (‘dirty samba’) where samba is with rock, free-jazz, noise and other experimental music forms, created with São Paulo’s underground musicians.



Soares will be joined on stage by special guest artist, singer-songwriter Eska, who will be performing with her band.

Barbican Hall
Tickets £17.50 – 25 plus booking fee
Tickets: www.barbican.org.uk


Electronic Edgy and Savagely Cool Luisa Maita

Luisa Maita – Fio da Memoria (Cumbancha, 2016)

Fans of the Brazilian songwriter and songstress Luisa Maita are set to be rewarded a big payout on their patience in waiting around for her follow-up recording to her 2010 hit recording Lero-Lero. It’s not like she hasn’t been busy with world touring, working with the electronic band Ladytron’s Daniel Hunt, recording with British group Da Lata and lending her voice to Rio’s Olympic Games opening ceremony. One listen to Ms. Maita’s Fio da Memoria or Thread of Memory, set for release on September 23rd on the Cumbancha music label, and one gets that this sleek, silky lushness isn’t something pounded out in an afternoon.

Teaming up DJ and electronic musician Tejo Damasceno and bass player and producer Ze Nigro, Ms. Maita has taken popular Brazilian musical constructs like the samba and bossa nova, along with pop music and the rich collection of Brazil’s female singers, and squeezed and condensed that sound through a filter of electronic and beat music. The effect is densely lush and cutting edge delicious.

Ms. Maita says of the recording, “It is a very subjective, personal and emotional record. I tried not to limit myself to a certain musical style, and in this diversity there is unity. I wanted to revisit the Brazilian rhythms and other sounds that I have heard growing up from a contemporary, electronic and urban perspective.”

Opening with a subterranean sultry on “Na Asa,” listener come up against the wonderfully seductive vocals of Ms. Maita against a backdrop of the hip sharpness of electronica conjured up on Fio da Memoria. And, it just gets better with an almost predatory combination of bass, guitar and percussion on the fierce “Around You.” Wrapped up in synthesizers, electronic beats, effects, Brazilian percussion and Ms. Maita’s tantalizing vocals, Fio da Memoria rides waves of electronic edgy and savagely cool.

The record is about what Brazil is today aesthetically, in this electronic age,” says Ms. Maita.

The deliciousness gets good with the meaty beat and razor sharp electronica on “Porão,” the kickass groove of title track “Fio da Memoria” and the guitar laced “Sutil” and the Brazilian percussion packed “Folia.” Perhaps my favorite track is the dreamy “Ela” with its lazy coolness punctuated by Ms. Maita’s sultry vocals and an easy and jazzy feel. Fio da Memoria closes with “Jump,” a lush listen to Ms. Maita’s layered solo vocals that is much too short but well worth a listen.

If this is what Brazil’s electronic age sounds like I’m all for it.

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Brazilian Bands Today at SummerStage in New York City


SummerStage will present several Brazilian today, Saturday, August 6 in Central Park, Manhattan. The artists featured include Monobloco, Cabruêra, Boogarins, and DJ Luiz Santos. Admission is free.


Well-known for incorporating diverse rhythms and styles into the samba beat, Monobloco was created in 2000 by C.A. Ferrari, Celso Alvim, Mário Moura, Pedro Luís and Sidon Silva (members of the band Pedro Luís e A Parede) as a result of a percussion workshop. Currently, the group performs in a yearly parade that closes the carnival festivities and is followed through the streets of Rio de Janeiro by half a million people. Its founders also created Monobloco Show, a smaller group of 17 musicians that performs all over the country and abroad, playing an average of 10 shows per month. The band’s discography includes Arrastao Da Alegria, Ao Vivo and Monobloco 10.


Cabruêra is a band showing the other side of Brazil’s rich music scene beyond Bossa and Samba. Based in the dry and barren region of Northeast Brazil, Cabruêra spices up the rural rhythms with urban styles. The band’s recordings include: Colors of Brazil, Cabruera and Proibido Cochilar.


Boogarins’ Fernando “Dino” Almeida and Benke Ferraz began playing music together as teenagers in the central Brazilian city of Goiânia – creating psychedelic pop in their parents’ gardens, filtering their country’s rich musical history through a modern lens. By the time the group’s home-recorded debut LP, As Plantas Que Curam, was released on Other Music Recording Co. in late 2013, the band had recruited a proper rhythm section and were developing a name around Goiânia. Soon after, the now-expanded group was booking regular gigs in São Paulo and across the country.

The last couple years have seen Boogarins on the road continually – headlining clubs and playing festivals from the UK to France to Spain to the USA, and performing alongside many great artists around the world. Released at the end of 2015, the band’s latest album, Manual, finds Boogarins taking their psychedelic rock in even more thrilling, expansive directions.

Doors 5:00 p.m. / Show 6:00 p.m.


Thalma de Freitas to perform at Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles

Thalma de Freitas
Thalma de Freitas

Brazilian singer, songwriter, and actress Thalma de Freitas is set to perform on Thursday, August 4, at 8:00 PM at the Skirball Cultural Center’s Sunset Concerts. The Los Angeles-based artist performs a thrilling fusion of samba, jazz, and bossa nova.

Also known as the “maestro’s daughter,” de Freitas grew up in Rio de Janeiro under the musical tutelage of her father, acclaimed arranger, composer, pianist, and conductor Laércio de Freitas.

Since making her professional debut in a Brazilian production of Hair in 1992, de Freitas has starred in numerous Brazilian television shows and released her debut self-titled solo album in 2004.

In addition to singing with the carioca big band Orquestra Imperial, de Freitas also fronts an experimental sonic project called Serendipity Lab. Having performed at concerts and festivals in South America and Europe, de Freitas was honored to join Carlinhos Brown in representing Brazil in the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 440-4500


A Bold, Tense Album by Elza Soares

Elza Soares – The Woman at the End of the World (Mais Um Discos, 2016)

The Woman at the End of the World (originally released as A Mulher do Fim do Mundo in Brazil in 2015) is the latest album (her 34th) by iconic Brazilian artist Elza Soares. She is a well-known samba and Afro-Brazilian singer with a husky voice, and an activist who fights for the rights of blacks and the poor in Brazil.

Woman at the End of the World teams up Soares, who’s in her late 70s now, and musicians from São Paulo in what they describe as dirty samba (samba sujo). The musical result is an extraordinary mix of irresistible samba beats, trance-like distorted electric guitars, contemporary electronics, brass riffs, ambient sounds, improvisation, reggae, rock, and Elsa’s unmistakable samba-soul voice.

The lyrics center around significant topics of 21st century Brazil: discrimination, blackness, domestic violence, sex and drug dependence.

Elza Soares became popular in the 1950s and 60s. Her hits included “Se Acaso Você Chegasse” (1960), “Boato” (1961), “Cadeira Vazia” (1961), “Só Danço Samba” (1963), “Mulata Assanhada” (1965) and “Aquarela Brasileira” (1974). She married Garrincha, one of Brazil’s most famous football (soccer) players.

The Woman at the End of the World shows the vitality of a veteran artist who is willing to experiment and take her music across the familiar samba boundaries.

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Luiz Caracol’s Melting Pot

Luiz Caracol Devagar (DGP, 2013)

One the highlights of the Ibero American Music Expo (EXIB) 2016 was the concert by Portuguese musician, composer and singer-songwriter artist Luiz Caracol. We got a copy of his 2013 album Devagar that contains a lot of the material he performed live.

Luiz Caracol grew up in Lisbon, the son of parents who moved from Angola. His music reflects the melting pot of Lisbon with a mix of Portuguese, lusophone African and South American styles and jazz.

Most of Caracol’s songs begin with guitar and vocals and then he adds the additional instruments provided by his band. He sings seductive songs in the form of Brazilian samba, reassembled fado or featuring world music elements from other traditions of the globe. He also adapts a Spanish-language song by the great Uruguayan singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler to Portuguese.

In addition to his regular band, Luiz Caracol invited high profile guests to collaborate in Devagar, including Afro-Portuguese singer Sara Tavares and Brazilian vocalist Fernanda Abreu.

The album lineup includes Luiz Caracol on guitar, bass, cavaquinho, guitalele, vibraphone, percussion and vocals; Miroca Paris on percussion; Ivo costa on drums and tarola; Hernani Almeida on guitars; Renato Junior on Rhodes; Patricia Antunes on vocals; João Balão on kalimba, bombos and percussion; Carlos Lopes on accordion; Ruca Rebordão on percussion

Guests: Sara Tavares on guitar and vocals; Fernanda Abreu on vocals and beat box; and Valete on vocals.

Devagar delivers timelessly crafted songs with toe-tapping rhythms from Africa and Brazil.

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Dreamy Harp Samba

Cristina Braga & Brandenburger Symphoniker – Whisper (Enja Records, 2016)

Brazilian samba and bossa nova appear in a conventional format, bringing together harp, a samba jazz quintet and a symphony orchestra in a captivating intercontinental collaboration.

At the forefront is harp player and vocalist Cristina Braga. She’s a virtuoso harpist with a soft and seductive singing style, where she nearly whispers accompanied by her harp. The result is truly mesmerizing.

Whisper contains a mix of laid back dreamy bossa nova pieces along with a couple of lively songs where there is plenty of room for the jazz quintet and orchestra.

On some songs Cristina sings duets with special guest Dado Vila-Lobos on vocals and guitar. Although most of the songs are in Portuguese, Braga shifts to English on two track.

This concert was recorded at the Great Hall of the Brandenburger Theatre in Germany. Cristina Braga was joined by the Modern Samba Quintet and the Brandenburger Symphoniker Orchestra.

Lineup on Whisper:

Cristina Braga on vocals and harp.

Modern Samba Quintet featuring Jesse Sadoc on trumpet; Arthur Dutra on vibraphone; Ricardo Medeiros on bass; Claudio Wilner on percussion; Mauro Martins on drums; and Marcelo Costa on additional percussion.

Brandenburger Symphoniker conducted by Tobias Volkman:

Andreas Preisser on violin; Chidori Sokooshi on violin; Klaus Hoyer on violin; Till Handrick on violin; Olivia Kucharska on violin; Katja Kulesza on violin; Uwe Kinderick on violin; Ralf Wittman on violin; Giulia Bellingeri on violin; Izabela Powichrowska on violin; Matthias Erbe on violin; Franca Rudolph on violin; Ralf Damming on violin; Ruth Gerner on violin; Friederike Dietz on violin; Meike Schirling on violin; Auret Botoi on violin.

Nikolai Nikolov on viola; Markeljan Kocibeli on viola; Geraldo Brandigi on viola; Demna Gigova on viola; Andreas Posch on viola.

Robert Friedrich on cello; Ute Doring on cello; Joachim Kohler on cello; Stefan Immel on cello.

Fabio Caggese on bass; Josif Schmuschkowitsch on bass; Rudiger Dierks on bass.

Susanne Pietrowski on flute; Martin Bosse-Platiere on flute.

Anje Thierbach on oboe; Benjamin Kahleyss on oboe.

Rico Wolff on clarinet; Marco Dommus on clarinet.

Sebastian Pietsch on bassoon; Rainer Walenta on bassoon.

Richard Mosthaf on horn; Henrik Moderegger on horn.

Frank Tietze on trumpet; Andreas Weitzer on trumpet; Martin Sander on trumpet.

Burkhard Gotze on trombone and Sören Fries on trombone.

Special guest: Dado Villa-Lobos on vocals and guitar.

Whisper is an album with immediate appeal, featuring tranquil and ear friendly Brazilian tropical music.