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Boston Gets a Double Dose of Brazil’s Edge: Cantuí¡ria and Cí©U

Brazilian Quintet leader Vinicius Cantuária Brazilian Quintet leader Vinicius Cantuária

Brazilian Quintet leader Vinicius Cantuária Two of the hottest new Brazilian musical acts will be showing their talent this April in Boston, Massachusetts, courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA). They are jazz sensation The Vinicius Cantuária Quintet and Latin Grammy nominee CéU.

As singer, songwriter, guitarist and percussionist, Vinicius Cantuária's career connects several zones of Brazilian music.

Cantuária has spent much of his career doubling as a drummer/percussionist -  in his original rock group O Terço in the 1970's and in the backing band for Tropicália legend Caetano Veloso, Cantuária's main gig for ten years.

Cantuária also has collaborated with such diverse and accomplished artists as Laurie Anderson, David Byrne, Brian Eno, Bill Frisell, and Arto Lindsay. He continues to play percussion with the multi-instrumentalists of Bill Frisell's band The Intercontinentals. 

Although Cantuária's Quintet has been described as 'post-electronica acoustic,' their repertoire typically draws on songs by Jobim and Gilberto Gil, as well as Cantuária's own work.  

Say The Wire: "Singer-songwriter Cantuária likes to push the envelopes and fuse gorgeous Tropicalismo bossa nova rhythms with sly avant garde techniques that you probably would not notice if you were dancing to this in lime-colored Capri pants and matching espadrilles.

"The ultimate test of Cantuária's album Silva is perhaps rather intimate…. If you can't seduce the object of your desires to his accompaniment, then they're probably not worth it."

CéU was born into a musical family in the artistically diverse city of São Paulo; her father, a locally renowned composer, arranger and musicologist, taught her at a young age to appreciate the music of Brazil's great classical composers, including Heitor Villa-Lobos, Ernesto Nazaré and Orlando Silva. 

By age 15 she had decided to become a singer, and pursued music studies in lieu of a college education. By her late teens, CéU was performing onstage with major artists and exploring the repertoire of the marchinhas (turn-of-the-century Carnaval music). 

Soon after that she relocated temporarily to New York City, where she had a chance meeting with fellow Brazilian musician Antonio Pinto, who teamed up with lead producer Beto Villares to help her record her album.

According to French publication Vibrations, "CéU bounds her musical references (soul, afrobeat, electro-jazz) with class and a voice with an incredible texture."

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New Sounds from Brazil: The Vinicius Cantuária Quintet
Saturday, April 7, 7:30 pm
Vinicius Cantuária performs a style of music best characterized as 'post-electronica acoustic' that has won him fans from David Byrne to Laurie Anderson.  He plays the MFA with a band that includes some of New York's best jazz and Brazilian players.

New Sounds from Brazil: CéU
Wednesday, April 11, 7:30 pm
Latin Grammy nominee CéU bridges her musical references (soul, afrobeat, electro-jazz) with class and a voice capable of incredible texture. "Light as a flower, the beautiful Brazilian CéU traces an impressive sonic route between São Paulo, New York and Paris," says Le Monde de la Musique.

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  • Che Guevarra

    I Think I,ll go to Venezuela instead…..
    Geez, where is a third world uneducated , illiterate , criminal, to go anymore ??…

  • u.s. guest

    If It Looks Like Duck And Walks Like A Duck.. Then Its A Duck !!!!!
    there are no Brazilian websites in Boston… there is only small illegal alien Brazilian ” societies of criminals” in several greater Boston neighborhoods…Also in Hyannis where their number is miniscule… illegal alien enforcements are on the rise …and illegal aliens are not allowed to obtain a Drivers License in Massachusetts…..Brazilian Nationals in Boston,Florida, New York, New Jersey, are estimated to be up to 85 % or more illegal, tourist visa overstayers, border crossers, are common…alien traffickers operating out of Minas Gerais in Brazil have enjoyed a brisk business since crackdowns on Brazilian tourist visas has occured at the insistence of American Authorities …False Documents are common place with illegals….

  • jab

    Can anyody provide a source that deals with these issues in Mass.
    Please post a link a newpaper or Brazillian community website in Boston
    if you know any good ones.

  • conceicao

    Well, about the best company Massachusetts has left is TJX, headquartered in – surprise, surprise – Framingham. I guess TJX would agree with the recent statements by the Caterpillar CEO that,
    all things considered, its Brasilian subsidiary has the best work force of any of any of its operations world-wide.

  • bo

    [quote]..
    written by conceicao, 2007-03-15 20:50:49

    Massachusetts continues on its downward spiral and the persecution of the Brasilians is all part of it. On the one hand,
    the state has lost an amazing portion of its major corporate headquarters recently – Gillette, Fleet, John Hancock, etc. [/quote]

    Well it’s certainly has nothing to do with ILLEGAL BRAZILIANS!!! Those companies, as most companies, are incorporated in Delaware, and only because of tax reasons, it has nothing to do with you conceicao, lol.

    Massachusetts, and the United States, survived quite well without illegals for hundreds of years, we’ll get along quite well without them again. But thanks for your concern!

  • conceicao

    Massachusetts continues on its downward spiral and the persecution of the Brasilians is all part of it. On the one hand,
    the state has lost an amazing portion of its major corporate headquarters recently – Gillette, Fleet, John Hancock, etc.
    And, not unrelatedly, it has at the same time become the homosexual “marriage” headquarters of the Western
    Hemisphere and continues to elect Chappaquiddick Teddy and Barney Frank. All this anti-Brasilian nonsense from the East
    Coast ethnics reminds me of the Rudy Giuliani presidential campaign: marry your second cousin, dress-up like a woman,
    force your second wife to get a restraining order to keep your mistress out of her house and then adopt some phony
    law and order persona while lashing out at the weakest political target that you can find.

  • bo

    [quote]…
    written by conceicao, 2007-03-15 14:18:53

    The Brasilians are a big improvement on the Irish, Italians and other assorted European trash, including the Kennedys, that washed up on shore and destroyed Massachusetts over the last
    200 years – my first North American ancestor with my surname arrived in the Massachusetts Colony in 1636. I stand by my comments concerning the improvements brought about
    by the Brasilian immigrants to Massachusetts. And, those Italian guys in Framingham harassing the Brasilians are imbeciles by anyone’s standards.[/quote]

    75% of the brazilian population is ILLEGAL in the states. You have [b]broken the law[/b]. Do you understand that? What is so difficult about understanding that? Should you be rewarded because you circumvented the system while millions of people are waiting that are going about it the correct way?

    Is that fair?

    Guess I shouldn’t ask that to a brazilian. You have no concept of the word “fair”. As long as you get what you want, it’s all good.

  • u.s. guest

    conceicao THE LIAR
    your statements are as worthless as a counterfeit green card !!!… your path taken while driving unlicensed !!!!…BOSTONIANS ARE CELEBRATING THE ILLEGAL ALIEN RAIDS IN NEW BEDFORD ,HYANNIS, FRAMINGHAM, SOMERVILLE,ALLSTON….ILLEGALS WITH COUNTERFEIT DOCUMENTS HAILED FROM BRAZIL, MEXICO, GUATAMALA, EL SALVADOR, CAPE VERDE, PORTUGAL…….

  • conceicao

    The Brasilians are a big improvement on the Irish, Italians and other assorted European trash, including the Kennedys, that washed up on shore and destroyed Massachusetts over the last
    200 years – my first North American ancestor with my surname arrived in the Massachusetts Colony in 1636. I stand by my comments concerning the improvements brought about
    by the Brasilian immigrants to Massachusetts. And, those Italian guys in Framingham harassing the Brasilians are imbeciles by anyone’s standards.

  • bo

    conceicao
    please, don’t try and justify the presence of millions of [b]illegal[/b] aliens. Boston massachusetts did quite well, for over 200 hundred years, before you’re arrival, and will do quite well without you.

    Try doing things by the rules, I understand that’s difficult for most brazilians as you grew up learning how to “enrolar”.

  • guest

    implying that boston did not function without illegal aliens before 1990-95 ,then you are truly a greenhorn…As far as Framingham, perhaps you are unaware that I.C.E. is all over there after catching three Brazilian Nationals Illegal Aliens wanted for murder!!…small business,s ? ..consisting of cash self employed illegal alien abscounders, tax cheats, aiders ,abettors, harborers, false counterfeit documents,…

  • conceicao

    Brasilian immigrants have done a tremendous service to the Massachusetts community by creating small businesses and rehabilitating abandoned mill town real estate – as well as doing a lot
    of jobs like maid service and restaurant jobs that locals tend to avoid. The Brasilians have done such a good job in places like Framingham that the down-and-out and envious among the
    local population have created this bizarre anti-Brasilian campaign that routinely features Italian-Americans decrying the existence in their midst of Italian-Brasilians.

  • bo

    would be a great opportunity for I.C.E.

  • all american

    check their documents
    Boston also has a double dose of Brazilian Nationals in illegal alien status…

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