Vinicius Cantuária, Bossa Nova in New Jersey, March 24
Pioneer of neo-Brazilian music in the 1990s and one of the most important figures of New York’s Brazilian scene, Vinicius Cantuaria will perform the music of renowned composer Antonio Carlos Jobim on March 24 at 8 p.m. at the South Orange Performing Arts Center.
For over four decades Vinicius Cantuária has been one of Brazil’s most accomplished songwriters. His compositions “Lua e Estrela” and “So Voce” are MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) classics that sold over 3 million copies each in the 1980s and 1990s. Despite this success, Cantuária left the Brazilian pop scene in 1994 and moved to Brooklyn, New York in an effort to redefine the art form of Bossa Nova which he so desperately loves. The results are a captivating Nova Bossa Nova, which is deeply influenced by music of his heroes: Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Bill Evans and Antonio Carlos Jobim.
In New York he became a sought after percussionist, guitarist, singer and muse by bold-faced names from jazz and the avant-garde to pop. Many of them — from David Byrne to Jesse Harris, Melody Gardot to Norah Jones, Ryuichi Sakamoto to Caetano Veloso, Bill Frisell to Arto Lindsay — have, in turn, been eager to guest-star on Cantuária’s own releases. Best known among his extra-curricular efforts are his collaborations with Bill Frisell, in a duo and concert program that resulted in the recording, Lagrimas Mexicanas (Naïve, 2011), and as a member of the Grammy-nominated jazz-meets-world music quartet The Intercontinentals.
In 2014 he returned to live in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, where he recorded Vinicius Canta Antonio Carlos Jobim (Sunnyside, 2015).