In keeping with July's traditional heat, Minas will bring to
Hampshire County sultry sounds from South America. Prior to the
performance, a talk will introduce the style of music and instrumentation
common to Brazil
This performance by Minas is partially supported by a grant from
Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, developed and funded by
the Vira I. Heinz Endowment; the WIlliam Penn Foundation; the
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, and The Pew
Charitable Trusts; and administered by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.
As prominent members of the Philadelphia Jazz community, Minas
frequently performs original music in concert. The band's Brazilian
jazz repertoire incorporates samba, bossanova, axe, choro, and
fusion, with selections from its three independent releases, "Blue
Azul", "Dreams of Brazil" and "Num Dia Azul",
as well as standards from renowned artists such as Jobim, Sergio
Mendes, Milton Nascimento, Djavan and Ivan Lins.
Orlando Haddad and Patricia King formed Minas in 1978 in college
in North Carolina to bring Brazilian music to stateside audiences.
They proceeded to play all over the eastern US before going back
to their musical roots in Brazil, where they entertained audiences
in Rio, Recife and Belo Horizonte. Today Minas is one of the most
sought after Brazilian bands in the United States. Minas' original
sound is defined by the unique blend between Orlando Haddad's
and Patricia King's vocals and the interaction of their Brazilian
classical guitar and cool jazz piano.
Minas is built upon the duo's multiple talents as vocalists, instrumentalists
and composers with an impressive grasp of the whole range of Brazilian
musical idioms. At the core of any Minas show are the voices of
its leaders, the blending of which reflects two decades of vocal
harmonizing. Warm and engaging, this magical blend is supported
by Orlando's guitar and Patricia's keyboards. Minas has won Best
of Philadelphia awards from Philadelphia Magazine twice, in 1989
Orlando and Patricia have been composing original material together
since the moment of their first meeting in 1974, and individually
before that. Their recorded material consists almost exclusively
of originals. They are now working on a songbook of published
and unpublished work as a way to make their music accessible for
performance and recording by other artists. Their original music
has accompanied the documentaries "Black Water" by Charlotte
Cerf (PBS) and "Amazon Journal" by Geoffrey O'Connor
(Discovery Channel, PBS), and "Video Cruise Guide to the
Minas has performed at Lincoln Center in New York City, the Kennedy
Center in Washington, DC, the Mellon Jazz Festival, Bethlehem
Music Festival, many Philadelphia venues and Atlantic City casinos.
They have appeared on "Emeril Live" on the Food Network
and been featured on "Fresh Air" and "Radio Times"
on National Public Radio, Sounds of Brazil with Sergio Mielniczenko
(KPFK/PRI), and Trem Azul with Milton Nascimento (syndicated in
Brazil). Minas' CDs play on public and commercial radio throughout