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Brazilian Music

Celebrating Naná Vasconcelos: Storytelling with Percussion

Chris McGowan | Posted 03.16.2016 | Arts
Chris McGowan

Naná Vasconcelos, a Brazilian percussionist who left his mark on global music, passed away on March 9 at the age of 71 in Recife. Vasconcelos gained ...

Brazil's Lenine Brings His Musical Bridge to Central Park

Chris McGowan | Posted 09.17.2014 | Arts
Chris McGowan

After having toured Europe and the Americas, the show will arrive at Central Park's Summerstage Festival in New York on July 19th.

Summer in New York City: Keep Cool With Brazilian Music

Marty Lipp | Posted 09.14.2014 | Entertainment
Marty Lipp

Though she is uncomfortable with the label, Bebel Gilberto is, for many folks, bossa nova royalty: Her father, Joao Gilberto is arguably the founder of the quiet sophisticated distillation of samba, and her mother is the singer Miucha

Music for the Mythical Brazil

Marty Lipp | Posted 09.06.2014 | Arts
Marty Lipp

The World Cup lets us non-Brazilians (and some Brazilians) bask for a moment again in the mythical Brazil -- land of dazzling futbol, beautiful beaches, sultry supermodels and supernatural jungles, all moving to a samba beat.

Before You Head Over To Brazil: 2014 World Cup, Samba and Sergio!

Marlon Regis | Posted 08.10.2014 | Travel
Marlon Regis

Over 200,000 people from the United States alone, will be traveling to Brazil this summer for the FIFA 2014 World Cup, while another quarter-million f...

What Brazil Can Teach The World About Living Well

Posted 02.03.2014 | Healthy Living

Our Living Well, On Location series explores cities and countries from around the world. How do other people pursue health and happiness? We're going ...

Luciana Souza: A Bossa Nova Baby Makes Her Mark in the Jazz Realm

Chris McGowan | Posted 03.06.2014 | Arts
Chris McGowan

She's a vocalist who once said "each phrase for me has a certain gestalt" and she invites you to savor both the notes and the spaces between them. Souza is spectacular in a João Gilberto kind of way -- you have to listen attentively to fully appreciate all the nuances.

Performance Review: Infinite While it Lasts Serves Samba, Sex, and Saudade on Avenue C

Zach Udko | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Zach Udko

In a dimly lit wine bar on the eastern edge of Manhattan, a troupe of seven unabashed performers are steaming up the room with the spirit of Brazil. Infinite While It Lasts is an immersive sensual experience in which passion triumphs over pretension.

An Atypical Brazilian Pop Star Listens to Her Inner Voice for New Album

Marty Lipp | Posted 08.14.2013 | Arts
Marty Lipp

In the high-energy world of Brazilian popular music, Marisa Monte has always stood apart -- a pensive pop star more interested in making beauty than shaking booty.

Big-Band Samba Conjures Up the Brazil of Dreams

Marty Lipp | Posted 04.23.2013 | Arts
Marty Lipp

There have been a few jazz-leaning samba big bands, but since 2002, Orquestra Imperial has sambaed down the fine line between reverence and hipster irony without overstepping into parody.

Renata Rosa at the Førde Festival

Michal Shapiro | Posted 11.25.2012 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

Unlike the urban MPB or Bossa Nova we generally associate with Brazil, music from that country's northeast, and particularly Pernambuco, has a rugged, rural heart.

Global Beat Fusion: Arabic Dub, Moon People & Futurist Capoeria

Derek Beres | Posted 07.30.2012 | Entertainment
Derek Beres

There is only one Nickodemus, and only he could transition from 1990's-era Long Island house parties to becoming one of the most respected global dance music producers of our day.

PHOTOS: Rachel Roy Celebrates Brazil With New Clothing Collaboration

Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 05.24.2012 | Black Voices

Fashion designer Rachel Roy is hitting us with another brilliant fashion collaboration. After the slam dunk success of her RACHEL Rachel Roy colle...

Blame It on the Bossa Nova: Jazz Samba's 50th Birthday

Chris McGowan | Posted 06.17.2012 | Arts
Chris McGowan

2012-04-17-StanGetzJoeCharlie111111.jpg Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd's album Jazz Samba, which launched the bossa nova craze in the United States, celebrates its 50th anniversary this month.

(Almost) Samba-free Albums From Brazil

Marty Lipp | Posted 05.27.2012 | Arts
Marty Lipp

On O Que Voce Quer Saber de Verdade, Monte shows that she is a master of surrounding her gorgeous voice with gorgeous music.

The Muse of Tecnobrega Boosts Brazil's Latest Musical Export

Chris McGowan | Posted 01.09.2012 | Entertainment
Chris McGowan

The dance-oriented tecnobrega style, which emerged in the last decade in Belém, the capital of Pará state Brazil, is the latest Brazilian music export to enliven European clubs.

Where the 'Rio' Inspired Can Go for More Brazilian Music

Marty Lipp | Posted 12.14.2011 | Arts
Marty Lipp

Turns out that Rio has sparked interest in Brazilian music and Rio's carnival. But where are the Rio-curious to go?

Brazil's Coffee Valley Music Festival Draws Crowds To Historic Region

Chris McGowan | Posted 10.10.2011 | Travel
Chris McGowan

That concert was noteworthy in that it took place in a giant open-air barn for dairy cows.

Brazilliance, Part Two: MPB With Verônica Ferriani and Douglas Lora (Video)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 07.16.2011 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

Ms. Ferriani is a petite woman, but listening to her sing is a very large experience. Her voice is warm, precise and powerful, and she has an impeccable interpretive style.

Brazilliance, Part One: The Choro Music of Dudu Maia and Douglas Lora (VIDEO)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 07.11.2011 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

2011-05-10-choro2.jpgI've traveled the world documenting music, but sometimes a chance meeting in my home town of New York City yields treasures -- Maia and Lora turned in a stellar set.

An Unusual Rio de Janeiro: From Favela Babies to Portinari

Karin Badt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Karin Badt


Carnaval in Rio: How to Have Fun and Not Get Mugged

Chris McGowan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris McGowan

Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro is bigger and better than ever in 2010, with the street celebrations having surged in popularity over the last ten years an...

A Snowy Night With Warm Music From Brazil

Michal Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

2010-12-29-jazz.jpgSo much of Brazilian music contains elements of jazz that it could be the poster child for Jazz-World fusion.

Having Fun With Serious Music

Marty Lipp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Marty Lipp

With his impish humor, penchant for odd sounds, and relentless tinkering with the aural landscape of his songs, Tom Zé seems to be in a separate orbit than his Brazilian contemporaries.

Brazil's Hidden Magical Music Festival

Chris McGowan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Chris McGowan

One of the best music festivals in Brazil, or the world for that matter, is one that few people know about. The Festival Vale do Café (the Coffee Val...