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512, 2012

Soirée Bossa Nova – Tribute to Jobim

The singer, guitarist and percussionist Michael Lüssi presents his tribute to one of the music of the most important composers of bossa nova, Tom Jobim, this Friday, December 7th in the company of one of the great saxophonists of Quebec, David Bellemare.

The duo will also honor the essential album “Getz / Gilberto” . It remains one of the most influential albums of the 20th century and represents the sublime meeting of the singer and guitarist João Gilberto, the jazz giant Stan Getz and Jobim himself. […]

112, 2012

Album of the Week: Jazz Samba Project – Veronneau

Veronneau is defined by its originality and diversity. The band itself is comprised of musicians from different continents and they collectively specialize in a unique brand of pop and jazz with a focus on bossa nova.  The “Jazz Samba Project” is the product of their combined influences with a focus on paying tribute to the historical release from which the name of the album is derived. […]

2911, 2012

Happy Birthday Sitti Navarro

Happy Birthday to Sitti Navarro. The “Philippines’ queen of bossa nova” turns 28 today. […]

2811, 2012

Video: Elis Regina songs performed on Idolos

Reality television show and contest focuses on the music of Elis Regina
Idolos is a Brazilian reality television program which is a part of the Idol franchise, that has been greatly popularized in North America and the united Kingdom. Though regional differences exist the format is more or less the same.This week contestants had the challenge of having to perform songs from the repitoire of one of brazili’s most influential female singers. Elis Regina was chosen as the artist whose music they all had to perform. […]

2311, 2012

Roberto Menescal Releases Essa tal de Bossa Nova

A veteran of Brazilian music, Roberto Menescal, has recently released his book, “Essa tal de Bossa Nova” which roughly translates to “That such Bossa Nova” in English.

The book chronicles key moments in the cultural movements of Brazilian music and is said to provide insight into unknown aspects of the bossa nova movement of the early 20th century. […]

2311, 2012

Son of Vinicius de Moraes presents portraits of Father and friends

The son of Brazilian lyricist and cultural icon, Vinicius de Moraes recently hosted an exhibition entitled “The friends of my father.”  From an early stage in his life Pedro de Moraes had a love affair with photography and took several photos of his father while he was still alive. “The friends of my father” is a showcase of all these photographs and reveals an intimate side of the poet, never seen before. […]

2111, 2012

Audio: Terra Treasures by Levek

“Levek” is a band based in florida. Experimantal and adventurous it is hard to pin down their sound to one genre or category but a unique breed of sof-rock seems to be the closes fit.
Their third and latest album, “Look a Little Closer” was released in September of this year and  has been descibed on the band’s page as, ” a pastiche of genres that live harmoniously in unison on record and in the mind of the man behind Levek.” […]

1811, 2012

Album of the Week – Bossa Carioca – Lisa Ono

In Japan, and other parts of Asia, bossa nova is a well-received cultural import. Since the 60’s a number of artists and bands have emerged with unique and at times innovative approaches to the genre. That Lisa Ono is recognized as Japan’s premier ambassador of the music is a testament to her success. “Bossa Carioca” is a celebration of this.

Released more than a decade into her career, the album serves as a compilation of her work to that point. As one of the most prominent Japanese interpreters of the music, there’s no surprise to see familiar titles such as “Chega de Saudade” and “Corcovoda,” on the track listing. Her smooth, clean vocals do songs like these justice and are a good fit with the modern bossa arrangement which is decidedly lightweight. […]

1811, 2012

Song of the Week: Os Dois – Lisa Ono

A by product of the Ana Terra – Lisa Ono colloboration of the 90’s, “Os Dois” is a short and easy track which is greatly accentuated by Paulo Guimarães’ flute solo. […]

1111, 2012

Album of the Week: Quiet Nights – Miles Davis

The 60’s saw the popularization of bossa nova in American homes and as an admitted admirer of the music from Brazil, it is not surprising that Miles Davis would attempt an album inspired by the new craze. Having already released three strong albums together, “Quiet Nights”, would serve as the final collaborative effort from the celebrated duo of Davis and Gil Evans.

Putting aside his virtuoso ability with a trumpet, Davis’ versatility as a musician and attitude towards innovation are two of his defining characteristics. These aforementioned qualities are tested on this release. […]