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1106, 2013

Bim Bom

Though Chega de Saudade is widely considered the first recorded bossa nova song it is in fact, “Bim Bom” that was the first bossa nova song to be composed. Depite being written in 1956 it was not actually recoded until July 1958. This was the first classic from the brilliant mind of Joao Gilberto and, not for the last time, was inspired from something that he keenly observed one day. […]

306, 2013

La Santa Cecilia’s video for Ice El Hielo

La Santa Cecilia’s video for Ice  El Hielo is a moving depiction of a harsh reality faced by many immigrants in the United States

206, 2013

Bebel Gilberto in Rio available on Itunes

Bebel Gilberto in Rio, is a collection of live performances and is now available for the first time on the Itunes Store

2105, 2013

Rio 2 Teaser Released

The First Rio 2 Teaser features a familiar tune in the background and the same spontaneous light-heated humor […]

1305, 2013

Leila Pinheiro and Roberto Menescal Perform

With partnership that spans over 30 years Leila Pinheiro and Roberto Menescal are stalwarts of Brazilian music. Over the weekend ( 10th and 11th of May) they came together again in Rio at the Furnas Cultural Space in Botafogo. […]

2904, 2013

Vance Garnett on Bossa Nova

Vance Garnett is a noted writer who has been frequently published in The Washington Post, the New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and other publications. Mr. Garnett writes a weekly column for The Washington Times Communities. He is especially knowledgeable about music, having sung in nightclubs in L.A., D.C., and Miami, in the U.S. Army Special Services, and, for one year, aboard an Italian Cruise Ship sailing from Miami to the Bahamas. […]

1704, 2013

Juliana Areias Interview

Juliana Areias who is also known as the “Bossa Nova Baby” is a well traveled artist who has made a name for herself  in her native Brazil , Europe and Australia where she is now based. Juliana was kind enough to spare some time to answer a couple of our questions. She speaks about her meeting with Ruy Castro, switching from acting to music , her fans and more. […]

1504, 2013

Getz/Gilberto – Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto

There are only few times in modern music when  several elements all come together and create something of great initial impact and with lasting influence. In 1964 when Getz/Gilberto was released this rare feat was achieved. In this context the album can be regarded as one of great historic importance. However this album is much more than a golden artifact. It was and still is a remarkable work of art as well. […]

1004, 2013

Norman Gimbel

As a leading translator for bossa nova songs originally written in Portuguese Norman Gimbel, helped break the language barrier and contributed to the bossa nova boom in North America during the late 50’s and 60’s.
The melody had already been composed. Vinicius De Moraes provided the lyrics to the song. It was to be a big hit that would launch careers and change the face of jazz and popular music in America forever. At this time it was called “Garota de Ipanema.” […]

504, 2013

Agua de Beber (Water to Drink)

Quench your thirst with this Classic
First appearing on the album, “The Composer of Desafinado Plays” in 1963, the song, “Agua de Beber” has become a standard for both bossa nova and American Jazz. It is another of the many works crafted by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes. The former is the composer and De Moraes provides the lyrics. […]