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Daniela Soledade Wants To Bring Bossa Back


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Vocalist with strong connections to traditional Brazilian music has just released her debut single, Marcos Valle’s “So Nice (Summer Samba)."
Daniela Soledade
Daniela Soledade is a new and compelling voice on the Brazilian musical landscape, one both fresh on the ears and blessed with authentically deep roots. Her family line includes her father Paulinho, an artist-producer whose resume includes work with Ivan Lins and Gilberto Gil. Delving yet deeper, her grandfather Paulo helped create Brazilian music foundations, writing with Tom Jobim and others in the pioneering phase of bossa nova.

“I grew up in Rio,” Daniela explains, “in a family of musicians, basically, on both sides—artists, actresses, ballerinas, musicians. I grew up in recording studios. My grandfather composed a lot of songs with Antonio Carlos Jobim and Toquinho, Baden Powell, Vinicius De Moraes. Of course, my father is also a musician, and then there is me. I’m third generation, following my grandfather and Jobim,” she laughs.

As an introduction to the fresh Soledade sound, Daniela and her producer, the guitarist Nate Najar, have just released a digital single of a new arrangement of the true bossa nova classic, Marcos Valle’s “So Nice (Summer Samba.)" The single provides a taste of the music to be showcased in fuller flowering on her album, A Moment of You, which is slated for release in the fall of 2019.

On the single, Daniela’s subtle, supple voice lends a personal touch to the evergreen standard, while her skill as a flutist (she studied flute, starting at age 14, at Music Conservatory Villa Lobos in Rio) is tucked into the caressing double-flute part in the mix.

Explaining the choice of the song as her first single release, she comments that “the quiet aesthetic of bossa nova is what we’re focusing on. Nate got me singing in a way that’s almost like a whisper, and that’s the aesthetic of what this whole album is going to be. That made ‘Summer Samba’ a perfect choice to begin with.”

Najar notes that “When I think of bossa nova, I think of Joao Gilberto, this really quiet, intimate aesthetic. (Famed Brazilian guitarist) Romero Lubambo told me, years ago, that samba was out in the street and bossa nova is three of you in an apartment with an acoustic guitar.”

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