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Celebrating Vinicius de Moraes
March 28, 2019 | 9:00 pm-11:45 pm
Vera’s Heartbeat celebrates beloved Brazilian lyricist, composer and poet Vinícius de Moraes’ 105th birthday with a unique tribute show featuring local musicians and a very special guest – the poet’s beloved granddaughter, the singer Mariana de Moraes.
The evening will include performances of samba, bossa nova, Brazilian jazz, Afro-Samba, and poetry. The band members are Mika Mutti (keys), Ted Falcon (violin and mandolin), Lucio Vieira (on drums), John Leftwich (on bass), Nando Duarte (7-string guitar) and special guest Scott Mayo (saxophone, flute).
Nicknamed “O Poetinha” ("The little poet"), Vinicíus de Moraes was a Brazilian poet, lyricist, writer and playwright, who even served as vice-consul at the Brazilian embassy in Los Angeles, his first diplomatic post.
While in Los Angeles he became close with Brazilian musicians stateside including Carmen Miranda and her Bando da Lua, and befriended Orson Welles. Also, while living in Los Angeles he wrote his books “Livro de sonetos” ("Book of Sonnets") and “Novos poemas II” ("New Poems II").
A prolific songwriter, he helped define Bossa Nova in the 60’s, partnering with many other musicians. Inspired by the then-18-year-old beauty Heloisa Pinheiro, with Tom Jobim he co-wrote the classic “Girl from Ipanema” which has become an international hit and the second most-recorded song in history. In fact, The U.S. Library of Congress added “Girl From Ipanema” to the National Recording Registry designating it as an “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important” song. Tom Jobim, master guitarist João Gilberto, and Vinicíus de Moraes became known as the founders of Bossa Nova.
Another partnership between Vinicíus de Moraes and Baden Powell produced one of the most definitive songbooks of the Brazilian popular music, fusing Baden’s guitar, Vinicius’s lyrics and the rhythms and themes of the Bahian Candomblé.
Vinicíus de Moraes also enjoyed a successful career as an author, journalist and playwright. His play Orfeu da conceição (Orpheus of the Conception), a reworking of the story of Orpheus and Eurydice set in the carnival of Rio, was adapted into the film Black Orpheus, which won an Academy Award in 1959 as Best Foreign Language Film.
Vinicíus de Moraes has so shaped Brazil’s cultural landscape that the public named the 2016 Summer Olympics mascot after him and the samba school Império Serrano based its theme around Vinícius de Moraes for Carnaval.
Singer Mariana de Moraes was born in Rio de Janeiro into a family of artists, her father is the photographer Pedro de Moraes (the son of Vinicíus de Moraes) and her mother is actress Vera Barreto Leite. She began singing in childhood, encouraged by her famous grandfather.
Mariana de Moraes performs elegant recreations of Brazilian music classics and sambas from the 30s to 50s enchanting audiences with a rare sensibility, breath-taking tone and intellectual curiosity. She has a compassionate ability to shepherd her listeners into an audience with the luminaries she holds dear. Her voice weaves delicate nuance into timeless songs. Her artistry holds each of us in a spellbound partnership.
“I really admire Mariana as a person and as an actress. She holds great promise for our music and her voice is the tuning that I needed for my guitar." – Luiz Melodia
Mariana de Moraes has performed on stage with Maria Bethania, Joao Donato, Paulo Jobim, Carlos Lyra, Luiz Melodia, Joao Nogueira, Dominguinhos, Edu Lobo, and Bebel Gilberto, among others. Her albums include a live recording of the A Alegria Continua, a publicly-acclaimed concert with Elton Medeiros and Ze Renato. In her first solo album Mariana de Moraes - recorded in 2001 in Los Angeles and produced by pianist Guilherme Vergueiro - she interprets sambas, Bossa Nova songs and North American music classics.
Mika Mutti is an awarded Brazilian musician/producer based in Los Angeles. With a dynamic international career, he has already performed and recorded with great artists around the world including Sergio Mendes, Carlinhos Brown, Scorpions, Jaimie Fox, Carlos Santana, Will.I.Am, John Legend and Mariana de Moraes, recording her yet-to-be-released third album. One of the many highlights of his career was the writing, recording, and co-producing of songs for the animated super-hit film “Rio”. One of these songs, co-written with Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown, was nominated for “Best Original Song” at the 2012 Oscaars. Mutti co-produced Sergio Mendes’ album “Magic”, which was nominated for a 2015 Grammy. In 2016, he was invited to co-produce the soundtrack for the closing ceremony of the 2016 Olympics in Rio and to be one of the headlining DJs. Living in Los Angeles for the past year, Mika Mutti is now composing and co-producing for the forthcoming Sergio Mendes’ album and has been an active performer in the local scene.
Scott Mayo has more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of the music industry including Grammy-nominated compositions and performances, as well as musical direction. Mayo has been a staff composer for the HBO hit The Larry Sanders Show -starring Garry Shandling- and the CBS show High Society, as well as arranger of the “Dancing with the Stars” House Band. He has sung in numerous soundtracks and television shows. Mayo is currently the musical director and writing partner for Brazilian legend, Sergio Mendes and integral part of his Grammy-nominated album, Magic, co-writing “Don’t Say Goodbye,” with Mendes and John Legend, “Visions of You” with Mendes and Janelle Monae and the title track, “Magic” with Mendes. Mayo received a Best R&B Album Grammy nomination for producing the Oleta Adams album, Moving On. Mayo also received a Grammy nomination as the featured performer on Gerald Wilson’s “Romance: Theme from Monterey.”
In 2012, Mayo produced Drawn to You, the 12th album from jazz vocalist, Kevyn Lettau. Among R&B audiences, Mayo is known for his work with Earth Wind & Fire, playing saxophone and flute for more than six years. In addition to the previously mentioned artists, Mayo has worked with acclaimed performers including: Bruno Mars, Dr. Dre, Damian Marley, Pitbull, Neil Young, Ne-Yo, Juanes, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Dori Caymmi, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Sting, Ivan Lins, Blake Shelton, Beyonce, Carlinhos Brown, Mariah Carey, Ceelo, Andy Grammer, Herb Alpert, Usher, Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Seu Jorge, Tim McGraw, Chaka Khan, Michael Bolton, Shakira, Luther Vandross and Bonnie Raitt and a host of others.
Composer, bassist, singer, and music director John Leftwich has toured with numerous great musicians including Carmen McRae, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Sergio Mendes, and Lyle Lovett, and played in the movie Let's Get Lost with Chet Baker. He also toured and recorded with Rickie Lee Jones for many years as music director, singer and bassist. He continues to tour and record as well as composing music for TV and film.
Lucio Vieira is a Brazilian drummer based in Los Angeles. Lucio has worked with renowned artists such as Larry Coryell, Allen Hinds, Frank Gambale, Gilberto Gil, Maria Bethania, Joao Donato, among others. He recorded a Latin Grammy award-winning album called Iluminado with the legendary accordion player, Dominguinhos.
Guitarist Nando Duarte, from Rio de Janeiro, started his musical career playing electric guitar on tour with pop bands in Brazil. Moving to the seven-string acoustic guitar, he credits Dino 7 Cordas as his mentor and also studied with Luiz Otávio Braga and Hélio Delmiro. His career as a seven-string guitarist led him to play with, arrange for, and produce some of the biggest names in Brazilian music, including Elza Soares, Gal Costa, Zélia Duncan, João Bosco, Nicolas Krassik, Yamandú Costa, Martnália, Moska, Maria Gadú, Adriana Calcanhoto, Walter Alfaiate, Zeca Pagodinho, Soraya Ravenle, Joyce Moreno, Marisa Monte, Ney Matogrosso, Diogo Nogueira, among others. He has created arrangements and music directed on-stage musicals and shows, and composed for film, TV and advertising. He produced scores for the award-winning feature documentaries B1 and Sergio Bernardes; the TV series "Trair e Coçar" for Multishow, and "Hei de Torcer" for ESPN.
Ted Falcon is a violinist, mandolinist, and composer. Ted grew up listening to jazz and Brazilian music. In 2014, he released an album Retratos Abstratoswith guitarist Felix Junior. Ted is currently part of the Brazilian Strings Trio, along with Andrew Finn Magill and Nando Duarte, dedicated to the regional music of Brazil. Besides being a musician, Ted is a researcher who has written several books about Brazilian music regional styles and is recognized as a leader of Brazilian choro music in the U.S. He also is a teacher, who taught violin in Brazil for years, and now teaches music at the Silverlake Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles.
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