Vinicius Cantuária attained fame in the late ‘70s, as drummer of Caetano Veloso’s controversial group A Outra Banda Da Terra. Cantuária wrote “Lua e Estrela” (Moon and Star), the 1981 hit that transformed Veloso from a revered musical visionary into a genuine Brazilian pop icon. But since settling in Brooklyn in 1994, Cantuária has devoted himself to singing, guitar, jazz and bossa nova, honing a gorgeous body of songs that embody his singular synthesis of New York City and Rio de Janeiro. Many jazz fans discovered Cantuária through a pair of projects with guitarist Bill Frisell, including Frisell’s 2003 world-jazz session The Intercontinentals and their inspired album of duets, 2010’s Lágrimas Mexicanas. An entrancing solo performer, Cantuária is a bossa nova poet who accompanies his light, João Gilberto-like vocals with caressing guitar work and gorgeous melodies. He has led a prolific recording career, with 13 albums under his own name since the early ‘80s. Along the way, he has collaborated with a heavyweight cast of sonic explorers such as David Byrne, Angélique Kidjo, Laurie Anderson, Bebel Gilberto, Brian Eno, Brad Mehldau, Jenny Scheinman and others. Cantuária is one of the great interpreters of Antonio Carlos Jobim’s treasured compositions, and for this special night, Cantuária will pay tribute to the giant of Brazilian music.
Vinicius Cantuária guitar, vocals