Bossa Nova was born on July 10th, 1958 at the old Odeon recording studios in Rio de Janeiro when João Gilberto recorded “Chega de Saudade”—Bossa Nova’s very first song and the beginning of a musical and worldwide cultural phenomenon. Celebrate 60 years of Bossa Nova with multi-Grammy-winning producer, composer, keyboardist and vocalist, Sergio Mendes, one of the most internationally successful Brazilian artists of all time. Joining Mendes is Bebel Gilberto, the thrilling Bossa Nova vocalist and daughter of João Gilberto who is steeped in Bossa Nova music, having made her Carnegie Hall debut at age 9 on a Bossa Nova program with her mother, the singer Miúcha, and saxophonist Stan Getz.

About Sergio Mendes:

Producer, composer, keyboardist and vocalist, Sergio Mendes is one of the most internationally successful Brazilian artists of all time. His hit single, “Mas Que Nada,” is the first Portuguese language song to ever hit Billboard’s U.S. Pop chart and Mendes’ signature mix of bossa nova and samba and distinctive pop instrumentation have ultimately come to define Brazilian music.

A three-time Grammy® Award winner, with three additional Grammy nominations, Mendes has recorded more than 35 albums, with numerous gold and platinum albums among them. His innovation and versatility have enabled him to collaborate with a wide a range of artists, including Justin Timberlake, John Legend, and the Black Eyed Peas.

In the 1960s, his group, Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66 sparked global stardom. After performing “The Look of Love” at the 1968 Oscars, their version rose to the top 10, quickly followed by such hits as “The Fool on the Hill” and “Scarborough Fair.” Mendes’ most iconic album, Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66, was inducted into the Grammy® Hall of Fame in 2011. In 2012, Mendes received an Oscar® nomination for Best Original Song for “Real in Rio” from the animated film Rio.

Mendes continues to tour worldwide and maintains his work as a film composer and producer, while also always working on and developing his own album projects.

 

About Bebel Gilberto: 

World renowned and multi-Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Bebel Gilberto has been enchanting fans and critics worldwide since her solo debut release in 1986.

She’s part of a family that is considered musical royalty in Brazil:  her father João Gilberto is one of the creators of Bossa Nova;  her mother is singer Miúcha, and her uncle is singer-songwriter Chico Buarque.

Bebel  catapulted onto the global music scene via a track on the compilation CD, RED HOT + RIO, followed by her hit breakout album Tanto Tempo in 2000.  Critically-acclaimed albums followed, including Bebel Gilberto (2004);  Momento (Six Degrees;  2007); her 2009 Grammy-nominated album All in One (Verve);  and a 2014 concert DVD  Bebel Gilberto in Rio in Brazil;  and 2015’s Tudo.

During 2019,  Bebel will be touring Europe and North America while preparing the release of her new songs.

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