Milton Nascimento Celebrates 50 Years with World Tour stop in LA

Legendary Brazilian artist Milton Nascimento celebrates his 50-year career with World Tour, November 28

By Brazilian Nites Productions
Published on LatinoLA: October 20, 2014

Milton Nascimento Celebrates 50 Years with World Tour stop in LA

Brazilian Nites Productions, presenters of the top Brazilian musical talent since 1989, is proud to present one of Brazil's legendary singer-songwriter and four-time Grammy Award winner, Milton Nascimento in concert at 8:00 p.m. Friday, November 28, 2014 in Royce Hall at UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance.

Joining Nascimento in celebrating his 50-year career and his latest album "Uma Travessia," is Wilson Lopes on guitar, drummer Lincoln Cheib, bassist Gastao Villeroy, Kiko Continetino on piano and Widor Santiago on saxophone.

Undeniably one of Brazil's greatest stars, Milton Nascimento is the iconic singer-songwriter whose transformative early work fusing Africanized jazz with Latin-American fold allowed a generation of artists to free themselves from bossanova. Since his debut, Nascimento's magnetic stage presence and astonishing tonal range have delighted audiences for the better half of a century. He has recorded more than 37 solo albums, received four Grammy awards, and collaborated with elite musicians the world over, including Herbie Hancock, Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, James Taylor, Duran Duran, Sarah Vaughan, Esperanza Spaulding and countless others.

Versatility has been a hallmark of his career, since he catapulted to fame in 1967 at Rio de Janeiro's second International Song Festival, where he introduce three instant standards, "Travessia," "Morro Velho," and "Maria, Minha Fe." Nascimento has written dozens of tunes so harmonically rich and luminously melodic that they've irresistibly enticed jazz interpretation. Herbie Hancock recorded a series of albums with him, starting with the 1969 CTI album Courage.

Nascimento's 1974 performance of Wayne Shorter's "Native Dancer" brought him to the attention of jazz audiences in the US and Europe. Nearly 40 years later, his extraordinary lyricism and originality are still strikingly present, and his voice remains a marvelous instrument shaded with stunning emotional power. With a seasoned vocal palette, he expertly crescendos from stage whisper to roar.

Nascimento received the Latin Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award, but even after decades performing, Nascimento's extraordinary lyricism and nimble vocals continue to dazzle audiences the world over.

Brazilian Nites Productions seeks to increase the awareness of Brazilian culture, music, art and dance in quality productions in Southern California. Brazilian Nites Productions has successfully promoted and produced events since 1989 in Los Angeles County and has been working and growing in cooperation with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission for the past 21 years. Many scrolls from the County of Los Angeles were awarded to them for being the leading producers of Brazilian artists and culture in Southern California. Some of the artists who have been part of these events are; Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Flora Purim & Airto Moreira, Dori Caymi, Geraldo Azevedo, Tribute to Maestro Moacir Santos, Gal Costa, Olodum, Djavan, Moraes Moreira, Elba Ramalho, Maria Rita, Daniela Mercury, Beth Carvalho among others. Brazilian Nites Productions is headed by Patricia Leao of Burbank.

This event is co-sponsored by Remo Percussion Instruments, KPFK, Brazilian Digital Channel - BDCi TV, and Fusicology.com.

For more info and to purchase ticket call 818-566-1111 or visit www.BrazilianNites.com.

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