“Nascimento is gifted with one of the most extraordinary voices in popular music, a benevolent tenor that floats upward to a heartbreakingly pure falsetto. ” The New York Times
Following Memorial Hall appearances by Brazilian music kings Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, we now bring you the monumentally influential singer-songwriter Milton Nascimento, whose transformative early work fusing Africanized jazz with Latin-American folk enabled a generation of artists to free themselves from bossa nova.
Ask a jazz musician to name his or her favorite living Brazilian composer and the answer is likely to be Nascimento. Ever since he catapulted to fame in 1967 at Rio de Janeiros second International Song Festival, where he introduced three instant standards, Travessia, Morro Velho, and Maria, Minha Fé, Nascimento has written dozens of tunes so harmonically rich and luminously melodic that theyve irresistibly enticed jazz interpretation.
Recording more than 37 solo albums and receiving four Grammy Awards, he has collaborated with Herbie Hancock, Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, James Taylor, Wayne Shorter, Duran Duran, Sarah Vaughan, Esperanza Spalding and countless others, casting a spell on audiences for the better half of a century with his extraordinary vocal range and magnetic stage presence.
Performance Length: 90 minutes
Late Seating: Between pieces