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Brazilian Music: Milton Nascimento Celebrates his 50-year career in LA

Brazilian Music: Milton Nascimento Celebrates his 50-year career in LA

Los Angeles – Brazilian Nites Productions, presenters of the top Brazilian musical talent since 1989, is proud to present one of Brazil’s legendary singer-songwriter and four-time Grammy Award winner, Milton Nascimento in concert at Royce Hall at UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance.

Joining Nascimento in celebrating his 50-year career and his latest album “Uma Travessia,” is Wilson Lopes on guitar, drummer Lincoln Cheib, bassist Gastao Villeroy, Kiko Continetino on piano and Widor Santiago on saxophone.

Undeniably one of Brazil’s greatest stars, Milton Nascimento is the iconic singer-songwriter whose transformative early work fusing Africanized jazz with Latin-American fold allowed a generation of artists to free themselves from bossanova. Since his debut, Nascimento’s magnetic stage presence and astonishing tonal range have delighted audiences for the better half of a century. He has recorded more than 37 solo albums, received four Grammy awards, and collaborated with elite musicians the world over, including Herbie Hancock, Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, James Taylor, Duran Duran, Sarah Vaughan, Esperanza Spaulding and countless others.

Versatility has been a hallmark of his career, since he catapulted to fame in 1967 at Rio de Janeiro’s second International Song Festival, where he introduce three instant standards, “Travessia,” “Morro Velho,” and “Maria, Minha Fe.” Nascimento has written dozens of tunes so harmonically rich and luminously melodic that they’ve irresistibly enticed jazz interpretation. Herbie Hancock recorded a series of albums with him, starting with the 1969 CTI album Courage.

Nascimento’s 1974 performance of Wayne Shorter’s “Native Dancer” brought him to the attention of jazz audiences in the US and Europe. Nearly 40 years later, his extraordinary lyricism and originality are still strikingly present, and his voice remains a marvelous instrument shaded with stunning emotional power. With a seasoned vocal palette, he expertly crescendos from stage whisper to roar.

Nascimento received the Latin Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award, but even after decades performing, Nascimento’s extraordinary lyricism and nimble vocals continue to dazzle audiences the world over.

Royce Hall is located at 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095 in the North Campus of UCLA
Date: Friday, November 28, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Place: Royce Hall, Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA
340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Price: $89, $59, $39, $29