Vera’s Heartbeat will present the Brazilian master composer, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Guinga in a rare Los Angeles performance.
Widely considered Brazil’s greatest and most important living composer, Guinga’s songs have been recorded by stars including Elis Regina, Michel Legrand, Sergio Mendes, Leila Pinheiro, Chico Buarque, Clara Nunes, and Ivan Lins. As a guitarist he has played with artists such as Clara Nunes, Beth Carvalho, Alaíde Costa, João Nogueira and Cartola. He has composed in collaboration with Paulo Cesar Pinheiro, Aldir Blanc, Chico Buarque, Nei Lopes, Sergio Natureza, Nelson Motta, Simone Guimarães, Francisco Bosco, and others.
Beloved Brazilian composer Hermeto Pascoal has said, “A guy like Guinga only comes once in a hundred years, we have to take advantage.”
“His [Guinga’s] tunes can go hopscotching through arpeggios that sketch subtle harmonic motion, yet seem like something anyone could whistle. They dart and zigzag, stopping and starting and veering at odd angles, yet still sound as if they're dancing.”- Jon Pareles, The New York Times.
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