Brazilian Music – Bossa Nova – Samba – Calypso
Discover authentic Bossa Nova, Samba and Calypso as sung by our Algerian-Brazilian vocalist, or in a purely instrumental tribute to renown saxophonists Stan Getz and Sonny Rollins.
Brazilian Music – Right For Your Event?
You’re organizing a « Brazil » themed event or maybe you just like Latin music ? Let us create a customized playlist from our repertoire.
We can also mix and match styles should you wish for a more diverse ambiance.
Check out our pages organized by musical style… and read what our Algerian-Brazilian singer has to say about her mythic encounter with Joao Donato, one of Bossa Nova’s greats.
Shades of Brazilian Blue – The Styles We Play
Bossa Nova : A gentle style, descended from Rio de Janeiro Samba, Bossa Nova hit the scene in the 1950s. It was quickly adopted by numerous Jazz musicians and by the 1960s had become an international sensation.
Shades of Blue plays the great classics (Girl from Ipanema, Desafinado, Corcovado…), as well as rarer pearls (Estrada blanca, Flor de Lis…) and has, all in all, thirty Bossa pieces in its repertoire. A suave homage to Antonio Jobim, Joao Gilberto & Stan Getz, Liz Bonfa…
Samba & Modern Samba : Associated with the famous Carnival of Rio, this music dates from the beginning of the 20th Century. With its strong African rhythms, it is the most up-tempo of the Brazilian dance musics.
Shades of Blue, playing as a quintet, brings you Samba hits from Antonio Jobim to Seu Jorge: So danço Samba, Carolina (Samba Funk), One note Samba, Burgesinha…
MPB – Musica Popular Brasileira : In the 1960s musicians begin looking to traditional Brazilian melodies for inspiration. Old songs are revamped with more modern treatments and new songs take melodic and harmonic cues from the old.
Shades of Blue’s repertoire includes pieces by Ellis Regina, Gilberto Gil, Dorival Caymi…
Click here to listen to samples and to watch our Brazilian Music video.
Meeting Joao Donato – The God of Bossa Nova Carioca
For me Bossa Nova is synonymous with Tom Jobim. But it’s also my encounter with Joao Donato in Rio in 2009.
I spent days working like crazy to prepare for such an extraordinary meeting.
I will always remember arriving at his house. I took a taxi and I had lost his street number, but all of the sudden I heard the most delicious piano music floating out into the street. Obviously,I was in the right place.
The second-floor window, was wide open and I stopped to listen to this incredible private concert before I rang the bell. I felt like I’d been let in on a little secret.
His house wasreally lovely, very welcoming. Someone led me upstairs to where the piano was still going crazy…
I knocked and the door opened…
And there was this huge, round, smiling man, baseball cap on backwards, wearing pajama bottoms and slippers, wine-glass in hand… The God of Bossa Nova Carioca himself!