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.
Brazilian singer/songwriter/guitarist Vinicius Cantuária is currently touring one of the finest musical ensembles of any genre. Drawing from the rich history of Brazilian music and integrating it with jazz, avant-garde and pop, Vinicius Cantuária’s music is like a rolling rhythmic whisper filled with dramatic turns and stunning sonic ideas.
His current concert program is drawn from his recent recording Vinicius Canta Antonio Carlos Jobim (Sunnyside, 2015).
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The music of Brazil has left a treasure trove of unparalleled compositional gems, none as beloved as the catalog of Antonio Carlos Jobim. A genius in utilizing the cool of jazz, the seductiveness of Brazil and the words of a poet, Jobim has left a wake that has rocked the musical world with the spawning of the bossa nova movement. All contemporary Brazilian musicians are indebted to Jobim so it is only natural that one of the most important Brazilian voices of the past two decades perform a tribute.
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).
With critically acclaimed concert performances at some of the most prestigious festivals and concert halls including the North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland), Jazz A Vienne (France), The Blue Note Tokyo (Japan), The Vancouver Jazz Festival (Canada), The Blue Note New York (U.S.A.), The SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco (U.S.A), Sydney Opera House (Australia), and The Barbican and Queen Elizabeth Hall (London, UK), he continues to wow audiences throughout the world.
Vinicius Cantuaria will perform on March 24 at 8 p.m at SOPAC. Tickets to see Vinicius Cantuaria canta Antonio Carlos Jobim are $30-38 and can be purchased online at SOPACnow.org, or by calling the box office at (973) 313-2787.
This program is made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. The South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) is a 501(c)(3)charitable organization. SOPAC received funding through a grant from the NJ Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism, visitnj.org.
Since 2006, SOPAC has been serving as a premier performing arts center in the region. SOPAC offers innovative artistic and cultural experiences for diverse audiences in an intimate, inviting environment. The premier arts center hosts a variety of live performances, community events and education programs for all ages. To further expand its offerings, SOPAC has a partnership with the Juilliard School of Music to present Juilliard @ SOPAC—a series featuring upcoming musicians from the acclaimed conservatory. SOPAC is home for Seton Hall University Arts Council’s performances, including Classical Concert Series, Jazz ‘N the Hall performances and Seton Hall University Theatre productions. SOPAC also presents performances by its theater company in-residence, American Theater Group. For more information, visit SOPACnow.org.