Known for his expert songwriting, emotive vocals and fantastic instrumental technique, Vinicius Cantuaria has led a successful career as a solo artist since the 1980s and as a collaborator of the utmost taste even longer, including work with Caetano Veloso, David Byrne, Bill Frisell, Arto Lindsay and Ryuichi Sakamoto. Although his formative years coincided precisely with the bossa-nova movement’s global domination and his professional history began with rock and neo-Brazilian music, Cantuaria is exceptionally attuned to the unique flavors and nuances of classic bossa gems. His new recording “Vinicius canta Antonio Carlos Jobim” is a dedication to this hero of Brazilian music. Cantuaria takes on this classic material in the most personal way he could, performing most of the music himself, playing acoustic and electric guitars and percussion. With the release of the album, Vinícius Cantuária seems to have reached what he’s always been looking for: perfect interpretations of Jobim-classics, shaped in the unmistakably Cantuaria way. “Vinicius canta Antonio Carlos Jobim” is the album Vinicius seems to have been aiming for. It’s Bossa Nova in all its richness, gracefully sung in Portuguese with the best voice Bossa can wish for. The instrumentation is respectfully subtle and basic. It’s another gem in the discography of Vinicius Cantuaria.
14 October Macedonian National Theatre, 20:00