Guitarist, composer, percussionist, and singer Vinicius Cantuária, one of Brazil's most promising contemporary musicians, replaces Boubacar Traoré in a first-ever duet performance with guitarist Bill Frisell at the San Francisco Jazz Festival, on Monday, October 29 at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre. Malian guitarist Boubacar Traoré, originally scheduled to play in the duet, is unable to appear due to personal reasons. Country-pop steel master Greg Leisz will perform that same evening in a second duet with Frisell as scheduled.
Although Frisell has played on two of Cantuária's recent recordings, this concert marks the first time the two artists come together on stage in an exploration of the guitar's lineage.
Renowned in Brazil both as a musician and composer, Vinicius Cantuária has garnered widespread acclaim in the U.S., Europe and Japan since moving to New York six years ago and re-launching his career as a US-based recording artist. Far from simply using New York as a base to recreate the familiar sounds of Rio, Cantuária has become a leading force in reshaping the very parameters of contemporary Brazilian music, and his fresh take on bossa nova has earned him international praise and reawakened interest in this smart and sultry style.
In my music, I try to keep the old Brazilian attitude" explains Cantuária, But I try to use contemporary touches as well, like a few samples and players coming from a different point of view. My music is open for this kind of influence - incorporating the participation of such musicians as Laurie Anderson [on his 1999 Verve release Tucumã], Bill Frisell, and Arto Lindsay."
On his latest record, Vinicius, Cantuária is complemented by an artistically eclectic roster of guest musicians that includes Bill Frisell, Brad Mehldau, Caetano Veloso, David Byrne and others. The CD is ample proof that his stay in the U.S. has both broadened his artistic perspective and sharpened his performance and compositional skills, without sacrificing any of the Brazilian attributes that make his music so aesthetically compelling and undeniably attractive.
As a composer, Vinicius Cantuária has had his music recorded by many of the top popular artists in Brazil, including Caetano Veloso, Chico Buarque, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Marina, Elba Ramalho, Marcos Vale, Fagner, Boca Livre, Evandro Mesquita and others. Cantuária is perhaps best known in Brazil as the composer of Veloso's million-selling song Lua e Estrela". More recently, Fabio Jr.'s version of Cantuária's So Voce" topped the charts in Brazil in 1998, selling over two million copies.
Cantuária began to write music and play the guitar and drums as a member of the 1970's influential rock group O Terco, and later spent ten years on the road with singer Caetano Veloso before starting his own musical career.
Monday, October 29, at 8pm
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
Lyon & Bay, SF
$22/30 (Gold Circle). Available in person (without service charge) at the SFJAZZ Store, 3 Embarcadero Center, Lobby Level. Tickets can also be purchased on SFJAZZ's web site, www.sfjazz.org (service charge applied); and via Tickets.com (service charge applied) by phone at 415/776-1999 (outside CA 800/225-2277).
415/788-SFJF (7353) [outside CA 800/850-SFJF (7353)] or www.sfjazz.org