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Gig Pick: João Gilberto tribute concert at Festival Japan—08.23.19

By Greggory Clark on August 21, 2019

In memory of the famous singer, guitarist and songwriter João Gilberto, who died in Brazil last month, a talented group of local and Brazilian musicians will gather to pay tribute to the Bossa Nova music icon in Ottawa. The special concert on August 23 is hosted by the Ottawa Brazilian Music group on Facebook, which shares and promotes Brazilian music and dance events (and lessons!) in the Ottawa-Gatineau region.

Friday night’s ad hoc band is comprised of Ottawa-based, Brazilian vocalist Regina Teixeira (Florquestra), local pianist Virginia Simonds, and guitarist Julio Santos, accompanied by Jasmin Lalande on woodwinds and Andres Navarro on percussion. We believe they’ve put together a fabulous lineup for João Gilberto arrangements of beautiful Bossa Nova tunes.

Self-taught, João Gilberto aka O Mito (“The Legend”) said he discovered music at age 14 when he held a guitar for the first time. With his unique playing style and modern jazz influences, he created the beat that defined “Bossa Nova” (the “New Wave” or, “New Sound” in his vernacular), helping launch the genre with international hits. By the early 1960s, Gilberto released the albums that would make Bossa Nova known around the world: Chega de Saudade (1959), O Amor, o Sorriso e a Flor (1960), and Getz/Gilberto (1964) his collaboration with American saxophonist Stan Getz featuring pianist and composer Antônio Carlos Jobim; which sold millions of copies each.


In memory of the Inspiring Touch of João Gilberto is happening at Festival Japan Restaurant (149 Kent St) at 7pm on Friday August 23, 2019. Cover is $10 at the door. Call 613-234-1224 or click here to reserve a table. On show nights, the restaurant special a Bento and wine or beer package for $20 if you pre-order.