Vinicius Cantuária Ensemble

Experience the captivating music of Brazilian singer/songwriter/guitarist Vinicius Cantuária direct from Brazil and his exceptional New York and Brazilian based ensemble in a very rare US performance. Cantuaria’s last tour in Californian was over 7 years ago. This concert is a Bay Area exclusive.

Brazilian singer/songwriter/guitarist Vinicius Cantuária is currently touring one of the finest musical ensembles of any genre.  Drawing from the rich history of Brazilian music and integrating it with jazz, avant-garde and pop to create a unique and mesmerizing sound., Vinicius Cantuária’s music is like a rolling rhythmic whisper filled with dramatic turns and stunning sonic ideas. His new project Psychedelic Rio was released in the fall of 2023.

With over four decades of experience, Cantuária draws from the rich history of Brazilian music.  Don’t miss the chance to hear classics like Lua e Estrela and So Voce and be swept away by the entrancing bossa nova, influenced by music legends Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Bill Evans, and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Singer, guitarist, composer, drummer, and percussionist, Cantuaria is a well-known Brazilian musician in the sphere of Bossa Nova and Jazz.

For over four decades Vinicius Cantuária has been one of Brazil's most accomplished songwriters.  His compositions "Lua e Estrela" and "So Voce" are MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) classics that sold over 3 million copies each in the 1980s and 1990s. Despite this success, Cantuária left the Brazilian pop scene in 1994 and moved to Brooklyn, New York in an effort to redefine the art form of Bossa Nova which he so desperately loves. The results are a captivating Nova Bossa Nova, which is deeply influenced by music of his heroes: Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Bill Evans and Antonio Carlos Jobim.

​In New York he became a sought after percussionist, guitarist, singer and muse by bold-faced names from jazz and the avant-garde to pop. Many of them -- from David Byrne to Jesse Harris, Melody Gardot to Norah Jones, Ryuichi Sakamoto to Caetano Veloso, Bill Frisell to Arto Lindsay -- have, in turn, been eager to guest-star on Cantuaria's own releases. Best known among his extra-curricular efforts are his collaborations with Bill Frisell, in a duo and concert program that resulted in the recording, Lagrimas Mexicanas (Naïve, 2011), and  as a member of the Grammy-nominated jazz-meets-world music quartet “The Intercontinentals”.Cantuaria's almost instantaneous cult star status in New York City was no mere lucky break.  He arrived with just the right resume at a time when the sounds of Brazil past and present were increasingly attracting curious musicians and audiences.

In New York, he released 9 internationally acclaimed studio albums including Sol Na Cara (Gramavision, 1996), Tucuma (Verve, 1999), Vinicius (Sony, 2002), Horse & Fish (Rykodisc, 2004), Silva (Rykodisc, 2005), Cymbals (Naïve, 2007), Samba Carioca (Naïve, 2010), Lagrimas Mexicanas (Naïve, 2011), Indio De Apartamento (Naïve, 2013).

In 2014 he returned to live in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, where he recorded Vinicius Canta Antonio Carlos Jobim (Sunnyside, 2015).

With critically acclaimed concert performances at some of the most prestigious festivals and concert halls including the North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland), Jazz A Vienne (France), The Blue Note Tokyo (Japan), The Vancouver Jazz Festival (Canada), The Blue Note New York (U.S.A.), The SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco (U.S.A), Sydney Opera House (Australia), and The Barbican and Queen Elizabeth Hall (London, UK), he continues to wow audiences throughout the world.

​The Critics Speak:

"The bossest nova…"
-The Independent on Sunday (London)

"Cantuária offered a set that was a masterpiece of contemporary music, regardless of definition."
–Los Angeles Times

"Cantuária's skills as a singer and guitarist have turned him into a mesmerizing live act."
-Time Out NY

“In just 10 tracks, Cantuária reveals all of the restless beauty that is the new bossa nova, highlighting a timeless, romantic appeal and a hunger to bring more sounds into the fold.”
-College Music Journal

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 Select Discography:

Psychedelic Rio with Paolo Andriolo and Roberto Rossi to form a power trio, Sunnyside 2022

Vinicius canta Antonio Carlos Jobim
(Sunnyside, 2015)

Indio de Apartamento
(Naïve/Naxos 2013)

Lagrimas Mexicanas
(Naïve, 2011)

Samba Carioca
(Naïve, 2010)

(Koch, 2008)

(Sony International, 2002)

Sol Na Cara
(Rykodisc, 1998)

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