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Celebrating Vinicius de Moraes

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.


Thursday, March 28, 2019



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