Brazil Comes to the New York Area: Renowned Nova Bossa Nova Artist Brazilian Vinicius Cantuária at SOB’s
204 Varick Street, New York, NY 10014
Brazilian singer/songwriter/guitarist Vinicius Cantuária stands as the preeminent voice of his homeland’s rich music history. The native-born son who moved to New York for over twenty years lives back in his homeland to continue to be inspired by the musical soundscape there, focusing primarily on evolving the classic art form bossa nova into the new world order—whether it’s diving into the avant-garde, gliding into pop but foremost immersing himself in the jazz vibe. He’s become best known as the pioneer of Nova Bossa Nova, profoundly influenced by his heroes: Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Bill Evans and Antonio Carlos Jobim.
Cantuária recorded several albums as leader and collaborated with fellow six-stringer Bill Frisell on projects (such as the jazz-meets-world music quartet The Intercontinentals), In 2014 he returned to his Rio roots by recording Vinicius Canta Antonio Carlos Jobim (Sunnyside 2015). It’s a compelling rendering of the music that Jobim made famous. Cantuária is bringing that songbook for a three-stop “comeback” to New York, at the city’s SOB’s (3/22), the South Orange Performing Arts Center in New Jersey (3/24) and to Port Washington in Long Island at The Landmark (3/25).
Count on special shows with his supporting cast: pianist Helio Alves, bassist Paul Socolow, drummer Adriano Santos, percussionist Marivaldo Dos Santos. In the words of two scribes: “Cantuária’s skills as a singer and guitarist have turned him into a mesmerizing live act” and “his music is like a rolling rhythmic whisper filled with dramatic turns and stunning sonic ideas.” —Dan Ouellette