A Summer Journey
From Schubert and Schumann to Caymmi and Caetano Veloso
Jussara Silveira (voice), Arthur Nestrovski (guitar)
and André Mehmari (accordion & piano)
Photocall © Tuca Vieira and Cia. de Foto
The varied, rich relationship between music and poetry has been one of the hallmarks of Brazilian song. Especially for the past half-century, after Tom Jobim and Vinicius Moraes gave rise to a new model of modern canção (in the late 50s), Brazilian art has amassed an extraordinary collection of ways in which words can be set to music and vice versa.
Full fledged poets who are also composers, such as Chico Buarque and Caetano Veloso, may serve as emblems of this particular genre, that crosses the limits of popular song, as it has been commonly known in other places. For someone who is not familiar with Brazilian song, it would be easier to describe it by making comparisons to the early 19th-century German Lieder – at another moment in time when composers and poets joined efforts to create a repertoire of mixed works, belonging as much to literature as to music.
This was the starting point for these Brazilian versions of songs by Schubert (1797-1828) and Schumann (1810-56), reinvented as Brazilian songs – in the voice of Jussara Silveira, in Arthur Nestrovski’s guitar and lyrics, and in André Mehmari’s piano – next to the music of Dorival Caymmi, Caetano Veloso and José Miguel Wisnik, among others. Not to speak of the “Summer Journey” itself, written by Mehmari and Nestrovski, for Jussara to sing, based upon a couple of themes by Schubert. European snow brings a new light to Brazilian beaches, and the tropical sun warms up the winter fields: different songs talk to each other, across the centuries, while the landscape keeps changing, in this, our eternal Brazilian summer song.
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1. O Vento (Dorival Caymmi)
2. Morena do Mar (Dorival Caymmi)
3. À Beira Rio (Schubert/Goethe, Brazilian lyrics by A. Nestrovski)
4. Sargaço Mar (Dorival Caymmi)
5. Nu Com a Minha Música (Caetano Veloso)
6. Um Favor (Lupicínio Rodrigues)
7. Estrela d’Alva (Schubert/Mayrhofer, Brazilian lyrics by A. Nestrovski)
8. As Pastorinhas (Noel Rosa/ Braguinha)
(Ernesto Nazareth/ Zé Miguel Wisnik)
(Schubert/Rellstab, Brazilian lyrics by A. Nestrovski)
11. Viagem de Verão
(Mehmari/ Nestrovski, sobre temas de Schubert)
12. Mais Pequena
(A. Nestrovski/ Eucanaã Ferraz)
13. Ela e Eu (Schubert/ Rückert, Brazilian lyrics by A. Nestrovski)
14. Ela e Eu (Caetano Veloso)
15. Outra Noite
(Schubert/Collin, Brazilian lyrics by A. Nestrovski)
16. Pra Que Chorar
(Schumann/Heine, Brazilian lyrics by A. Nestrovski)
17. À Contraluz
18. Baião de Quatro Toques
(Zé Miguel Wisnik / Luiz Tatit)
Contact for shows:
(+55 71) 3334.2391 / 9188.1461
Jussara Silveira has been on the road since 1980 and distinguishes herself by deciding to perform Brazilian Popular Music with no commercial compromising. Raised in Salvador, Bahia, much of her work is devoted to Bahian composers. In the '80s, she performed with Gilberto Gil and recorded with Caetano Veloso (Outras Palavras, 1981).
In 1989, Silveira left Salvador for São Paulo and now lives in Rio de Janeiro. Jussara's rendition for Caetano Veloso's "Dama do Cassino" (included in the compilation CD “Elas Cantam Caetano”) was included in the soundtrack of the soap opera “Irmãos Coragem” and reached the Top Ten of Brazilian radios. Winning the “Copene de Cultura e Arte Prize” in 1996, Silveira recorded her first CD, the independent Jussara Silveira. Extremely well received by critics, the album launched her as the new revelation from Bahia. The album was re-released in the next year by Dubas Music label.
Her second album, Canções de Caymmi, was also praised by critics. On this work, Jussara, backed by some of the best musicians in Brazil, balances some of the most widely known Caymmi's hits with less successful compositions, but which also has superior musical qualities, like the haunting, mysterious "O Vento." The next album Jussara gives a voice to emerging composers and explores little known pieces by veterans such as Chico Buarque, Jorge Ben Jor, and Tom Zé. Both Nobreza and Entre o amor e o mar were released by Maianga Discos in 2006. Nobreza is the result of her musical partnership with Luiz Brazil presenting a sophisticated voice-and-guitar duet. Entre o amor e o mar is a record rich in songs about love and the sea.
In 2009, the independent label Biscoito fino/Quitanda released the DVD/CD TRES MENINAS DO BRASIL- special project which presents Jussara Silveira with Rita Ribeiro and Teresa Cristina, directed by the well-known Brazilian musician Jaime Alem, who has been Maria Bethânia partner for 2 decades.
He made his U.S. premiere at the 2005 edition of Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina, stunning the audience with his blend of virtuosity, vitality, and musicality. Was invited to play at the TIM festival 2006, with his trio on the jazz stage. After winning the Carlos Gomes award for classical music revelation of the year of 2006, Mehmari was appointed resident composer for the São Paulo State Wind Band. Also wrote original orchestral music for the official PAN American games cerimonies, that took place on legendary Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, in July.
Released the 'Continuous Friendship' album, in duet with mandolin-virtuoso Hamilton de Holanda. In 2008 released a CD entirely dedicated to his own compositions: 'About waltzes and trees' and (aged 30) toured the northeast of Brazil with Ivan Lins, playing both Ivan's and his own compositions at the traditional Pixinguinha Project, 30th aniversary special edition. For Ivan Lins and the Metropole Orkest Amsterdam, wrote an arrangement, played under direction of Vince Mendoza.