Posts Tagged ‘bossa nova’

Photos: Bebel Gilberto @ 9:30 Club

Seeing Bebel Gilberto live on Sunday night at the 9:30 Club, the same adjective kept coming to my mind: hypnotic. Her voice, her dance moves, even her hair, were all siren-like. Born to Brazilian music icons João Gilberto and singer Miúcha, Gilberto's music has always been completely innovative, mixing her traditional bossa nova roots with more [...]

Brazil’s Luisa Maita on Samba, São Paulo, and Speedy Beats

Brazilian Luísa Maita’s alluring, samba-rooted vocals may conjure up for most Americans images of Rio beaches, but Maita, who performs at Artisphere Saturday, is a city girl who has spent more time on the streets of her hometown of São Paulo, Brazil. This daughter of a parking lot owner/musician father and a record producer mother [...]

D.C. Vocalist Emy Tseng on Bossa Nova, Bach, and Sounding “Organic”

When Emy Tseng moved to D.C. in 2009, she had to adjust to two new worlds: her day job at the Department of Commerce, and her nighttime role as a bossa nova and jazz vocalist in a new music scene. A Taiwanese-American who learned classical piano as a child and began singing traditional early music [...]

Free Tonight: Brazil’s Orquestra Contemporanea de Olinda at the Kennedy Center

It’s a lively time for fans of Brazilian music in the area. Last month Gilberto Gil came to town, Caetano Veloso is performing at Lisner on April 10, and tonight Orquestra Contemporânea de Olinda is making its D.C. debut with a free show at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. This 10-piece group is lesser known [...]