Vinicius Cantuaria canta Antonio Carlos Jobim
Singer, guitarist, composer, drummer, and percussionist, Vinicius Cantuaria is a well-known Brazilian musician in the sphere of Bossa Nova and Jazz. He was a pioneer of neo-Brazilian music in the 1990s, then became one of the most important downtown New York figures, collaborating with artists as eclectic as Brian Eno, Laurie Anderson, Brad Mehldau, Arto Lindsay, and Bill Frisell.
Born in Manaus, Amazonas, Vinicius Cantuaria grew up in Rio de Janeiro, and after several successful records, he moved to New York in the mid-1990s. He has proved himself in a number of fields, directly or indirectly linked to Brazilian music. Leader of the rock band O Terco, he released six albums in Brazil in the 1980s and with his album Sol na Cara was a pioneer of neo-Brazilian music in the 1990s. As a composer, Vinicius Cantuaria has had many successes, with Lua e Estrela, Coisa Linda, So Você, and Na Cançao. As a sideman, he has performed with Caetano Veloso and Chico Buarque, to name a few.
Vinicius Cantuaria, who owns his studio in New York and frequently travels to Brazil, works every day and progresses in small steps which gives the impression of a simple, melodic music that is incredibly sophisticated. His sound is full of incredible subtlety as well as contrasts, of great unity and remarkable diversity, with a pure and completed classicism. The music is almost classic, in a modern world.
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National Endowment for the Arts.