Marcos Valle, one of the founding fathers of Bossa Nova, is kicking off the first-ever international Viva Bossa Nova festival at Faena Theater. Commemorating 60 years of the celebrated Brazilian genre, top musicians are bringing their talents to Miami for a five-day soul-filled event.
Bossa Nova was born on the beaches of Rio De Janeiro in the late ’50s, where a group of students, artists and musicians famously blended a soft samba based on traditional Brazilian rhythms with American jazz and a new style of Portuguese lyrics. Well-known musicians like João Gilberto, Roberto Menescal, Marcos Valle, and Antonio Carlos Jobim adopted and popularized the “new wave” music style, transforming it over time into the best-known Brazilian music genre in the world. After a historic concert at Carnegie Hall in 1962, Bossa Nova caught the attention of American contemporaries such as Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, and Tony Bennett. The sophisticated fusion went on to influence entire generations of performers including Herbie Mann, Paul McCartney and Sting.
Guests of Faena Theater will enjoy an intimate concert with Valle, who will light up the stage with his infectious hits like “Summer Samba (So Nice)” and “If You Went Away”. A legend in Brazil, Valle is one of country’s most influential composers, and undoubtedly, one of the top songwriters of our time.