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Vinicius Cantuaria: CANCELLED


Wed 3 Apr 2019, 7:45pm–11:00pm
Thu 4 Apr 2019, 7:45pm
Fri 5 Apr 2019, 7:45pm
Fri 5 Apr 2019, 10:30pm
Sat 6 Apr 2019, 7:45pm
Sat 6 Apr 2019, 10:30pm
Sun 7 Apr 2019, 7:45pm

Where: Bird's Basement, 11 Singers Lane, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Starting from: $30.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: Bird's Basement

Born in Manaus, Amazonas, Vinicius Cantuária grew up in Rio de Janeiro, and played with one of the first progressive Brazilian bands, O Terço. He released six albums in Brazil in the 80s. He moved to New York in the mid-90s and with his album Sol Na Cara, pioneered neo-Brazilian music in 1996. He then became one of the most important downtown New York figures, collaborating with artists as eclectic as Brian Eno, Laurie Anderson, Brad Mehldau and Arto Lindsay.

As a composer, Cantuaria has had many successes, with "Lua e Estrela" (recorded by Caetano Veloso in 1981), "Coisa Linda," "So Você," and "Na Cançao." As a sideman, he has performed with Caetano Veloso, Chico Buarque, to only name a few.

In New York, he released five internationally recognised studio albums and signed an artist contract with Naïve in 2008 which put out his album Cymbals, recorded with top New York musicians, Brad Mehldau, Michael Leonhardt, Dave Binney, and Erik Friedlander.

Keeping his New York musicians for Samba Carioca (2010), Vinicius Cantuaria successfully returned to his Brazilian roots—in addition to his usual New York team (Brad Mehldau, Bill Frisell), he was also surrounded by an impressive line-up of Brazilian musicians from all trends and different backgrounds: Arto Lindsay, who produced the album, veterans like Joao Donato or Marcos Valle, and younger musicians, like Dadi or Sidinho.