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Cristina Braga & Sal Ferreras: Harpa Bossa Jazz
Monday, August 13, 2012 at 5:30 pm • Christ Church Cathedral
From the tropical beaches of Rio de Janeiro in the late 1950s, a “new beat” started a musical craze. A sensual mixture of Brazilian rhythms, American jazz and Portuguese lyrics, Bossa Nova became an international sensation, and Stan Getz’s 1964 recording of The Girl from Ipanema with João & Astrud Gilberto spent 96 weeks in the US charts! At home in both popular and classical music, Cristina Braga is principal harpist with the Rio de Janeiro Symphony and has worked as a soloist with many ensembles. She is a compelling vocalist with a deep melancholy in her voice that seems specially carved for the compositions of Tom Jobim, Luiz Bonfá, Roberto Menescal and other masters of Música Popular Brasileira.
"Cristina showed that the harp is an instrument like any other and encounters no boundaries on any music style. Her particular way of singing and playing is admirable and sometimes unbelievable. Such a harp swing!" Backstage