Carminho Sings Jobim Live

The Barbican
Event Date: 
Friday, November 17, 2017 - 19:00
Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS
Portuguese star Carminho joins the London Jazz Festival on the 17th November for a live performance at the Barbican of 'Canta'; her tribute album to Brazilian bossa nova pioneer António Carlos Jobim which she released earlier this year.

28-year-old Carminho has accomplished just that with the rare unanimity of international critical acclaim and commercial success, as demonstrated through her three previous solo albums, Fado, Alma and Canto. However, nowhere has Carminho been better received than in Brazil, where superstars such as Marisa Monte, Caetano Veloso, Chico Buarque and Milton Nascimento have championed her. The proximity of Portugal and Brazil, its common yet different language, made it self-evident that at some point Carminho would try her hand at the never-ending Brazilian songbook.

For her latest album, Canta, which was released February 17th 2017 on Warner Music Portugal, Carminho has surrendered her voice to the unique songbook of legendary Brazilian songwriter António Carlos Jobim – the same Tom Jobim who catapulted Bossa Nova and 20th century popular Brazilian music into worldwide popularity.

It was Tom Jobim’s own family that suggested Carminho delve into the Jobim songbook, and signed Banda Nova to accompany the singer during the recordings. The Banda Nova was the last of Jobim’s own stage and studio backing bands, formed by his son and grandson, Paulo and Daniel Jobim, as well as celebrated cellist Jaques Morelenbaum (who had already collaborated on Carminho’s previous record) and drummer Paulo Braga.

Carminho’s choice of material deliberately evades some of the most internationally known classics of Jobim’s work. Instead, she sings a delicate combination of well-known material and lesser-known tracks among Jobim’s own favourites. Three Brazilian greats share the microphone with her in duet on the record: international superstar Marisa Monte in “Estrada do Sol”, Maria Bethania, who is one of Brazilian’s greatest singers and Caetano Veloso’s sister in “Modinha” and the legendary singer-songwriter Chico Buarque in “Falando de Amor”.

Carminho sings Jobim with all the soul and all the interpretive commitment and passion she puts in every single recording of hers, Fado or not. This may not be a Fado album, but it is very clearly a Carminho album. Only she can sing like this. Expect a special gig special gig blending unique fado vocals with bossa nova.

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