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Bossa Classics

Joyce will kick off the first set solo with Jobim’s Aguas de Março, and then be joined by Dori Caymmi. The son of Dorival Caymmi – himself a big influence on early bossa composers such as Jobim – Dori has worked as a singer, composer and arranger with Joyce and, since moving to LA in the late 1980s, the likes of Dionne Warwick, Quincy Jones and Diana Krall.

Next is Carlos Lyra, another veteran who wrote songs with Vinicius de Morães, Jobim’s lyricist. Watch out for his famous Influência do Jazz, which bemoans the way Americans were ‘ruining’ Brazilian music in the 1960s with all that jazz influence, although as Joyce observes, 'it became a classic of samba jazz.' Go figure.

Like Lyra, composer and guitarist Roberto Menescal was a ‘disciple’ of both Jobim and João Gilberto. You might know him from his guest turns with the contemporary ‘electrobossa’ outfit Bossacucanova, which includes his son Marcio. They’ve also remixed the work of Wanda Sá, who took guitar lessons from Roberto when she was only 13. A star in the 1960s, she made a comeback in the late 1980s after reuniting with Menescal, who joins her onstage tonight.

'She is the real Girl from Ipanema in my opinion,' says Joyce.

Bossa and Beyond.

Vinicius Cantuária grew up in Rio, cutting his teeth in Brazilian rock during the 1970s. After moving to New York in the mid 1990s, he rediscovered bossa nova and has put his own new spin on it, influenced by American jazz and contemporary music luminaries such as Mark Ribot, Laurie Anderson and his compatriot Arto Lindsay.

Celso Fonseca will join him briefly, then lead the set with his ‘slow motion bossa

nova’. A guitarist, singer, composer and producer, Fonseca started out under Gilberto Gil’s wing before spreading his own, first as a sideperson with a who’s who of MPB, then as a producer and – since the mid ’80s, a solo artist.

Fonseca has produced Clara Moreno, who joins him onstage tonight. As a child, she and her sister Ana were immortalised in Joyce’s gorgeous lullaby Clareana. A professional singer since the mid 1990s, she was one of the first to mix bossa and electronica.

Marcos Valle is best known for his evergreen hit Samba de Verão. Weathering the storms of fashion, he’s always been very eclectic, experimenting with rock, psychedelia, and modern electronic fusions of bossa nova, or ‘nova bossa nova’ as he coined it when he spearheaded bossa’s late ’90s revival.

Finally, please welcome João Donato. A contemporary of Jobim, he had already left for the US by the time bossa nova broke in Brazil. A celebrated pianist, composer and later a singer, he’s as open-minded about what he turns his hand to as Valle. Joyce is a big fan and will join him to finish the show. Expect snappy guitar, a little scat singing and a smile as warm as a Carioca sun from our host.

© Jon Lusk May 2008 Produced by the Barbican World and Roots

There will be one interval in tonight’s concert. Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the Barbican premises. No cameras, tape recorders or any other recording equipment may be taken into the hall.


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