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Birthname: Jo
Nationality: Brazilian
Born: Jun 10 1931


Biography

Joao Gilberto was born on July 10th 1931 in the city of Juazeiro, Bahia. Having grown up among musicians, he formed the band 'Enamorados do Ritmo' when he has a teenager. By the age of 18 Joao was working at a local radio station (Radio Sociedade da Bahia) in Salvador. In 1950 he moved to Rio de Janeiro, where he joined the band 'Garotos da Lua' and recorded two albums in the following year. Subsequently, Joao embarked on a solo career, recording an album, his first song of authorship as well as collaborating with other bands.
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Joao Gilberto was born on July 10th 1931 in the city of Juazeiro, Bahia. Having grown up among musicians, he formed the band 'Enamorados do Ritmo' when he has a teenager. By the age of 18 Joao was working at a local radio station (Radio Sociedade da Bahia) in Salvador. In 1950 he moved to Rio de Janeiro, where he joined the band 'Garotos da Lua' and recorded two albums in the following year. Subsequently, Joao embarked on a solo career, recording an album, his first song of authorship as well as collaborating with other bands.
Joao left Rio de Janeiro for a period between 1955 and 1957 and dedicated himself to improving his guitar playing technique and developed a new musical style. On his return to the capital he fought to present the novelty sound, which came as an album recorded in July of 1958. Its impact changed the direction of Brazilian music. In March 1959 Joao had his first album released, 'Chega de Saudade', followed by another two albums in the coming years. A new musical language was established.
This new sound created by Joao Gilberto, coupled with the Brazilian traditional rhythm, made popular the modern samba called bossa nova. An entire generation of young musicians were influenced by this new sound which generated considerable commercial appeal. After revolutionising Brazilian music, Joao Gilberto's sound reached jazz musicians, who recognised him as a phenomenon. American musicians touring in Brazil brought Joao's recordings back to the US where the albums were playlisted on radio stations aimed at jazz enthusiasts. By the end of 1961 the album 'Brazil's Brilliant Joao Gilberto' was released in the US.
During 1962 bossa nova reached the international audience. The commercial success of an album by the violinist Charles Byrd and the saxophonist Stan Getz inspired many jazz musicians to follow suit. This fuelled the popularity of the 'jazz samba' genre, which featured in dozens of albums recorded during that period. In November on 1962, Joao Gilberto performed at the Carnegie Hall in New York. Joao lived in New York until 1979 (between 1969 and 1971 he lived in Mexico City).
Joao's first album recorded in the US, 'Getz/Gilberto', remained unreleased for a year, given the market saturation for the genre. Released in 1964, after the commercial wave, the album was received as the true bossa nova. The album shared the top of the charts with The Beatles for 96 weeks and was nominated for nine Grammy awards. The record reached a vast international audience and was a best-seller for several years, popularising the song 'Garota de Ipanema' (Girl from Ipanema) and the singer Astrud Gilberto, then Mrs. Gilberto.
The doors were definitely open for Brazilian popular music abroad. Since then Brazil has become a major exporter of music and musicians. The diffusion of the modern Brazilian music around the world kept Joao Gilberto a foreign resident for 17 years, during which time bossa nova was established as a Brazilian musical idiom and conquered the appreciation of many. Joao was nominated for the Grammy awards three times as best jazz singer with Getz/Gilberto (1964); Amoroso (1977) and Live in Montreux (1988). Joao finally received a Grammy award for the album 'Joao Voz e Violao' in 2001. 

Considered one of the most original artists and one of the most influential musicians of modern times, Joao Gilberto lives in Rio de Janeiro and performs at festivals and concert halls around the world.

In Japan
On Tuesday, June 8, 2004, Verve Records released In Tokyo, a new live recording from one of the legends of the bossa nova movement, João Gilberto. The album documents the reclusive singer/songwriter/guitarist's first-ever concerts in Japan.
At these concerts, Gilberto performed solo, accompanied only by himself on guitar. (The same format can be heard on Gilberto's 2000 release João Voz E Violão - Verve 314 546 7123-2). While In Tokyo features some new arrangements and harmonies, the sound is purely Gilberto: the beauty of his instantly-recognizable voice and his subtle, yet passionate, guitar playing.
In Tokyo kicks off with the lively "Acontece Que Es Sou Baiano" and includes nearly 70 minutes of music before winding down with the dreamy sounds of "Aos Pés da Cruz." Gilberto included numerous tunes by the great Antonio Carlos Jobim, including the classics "Corcovado" and "Wave," as well as "Este Seu Olhar" and "Meditação" (co-written by Jobim and Newton Mendonca). Some of the other songs documented at this concert are the pretty "Louco" and the haunting "Rosa Morena" (one of three songs written or co-written by Dorival Caymmi on this collection).
Gilberto held four sold-out concerts in Tokyo and Yokohama, Japan, in September of 2003. Remarkably, this was the first time he had ever performed in that country. The shows were recorded from the sound boards on to DAT tapes for reference only, but Gilberto was so pleased with both the quality of the sound and his performance that he decided to release one of these landmark concert on CD. In Tokyo spotlights the September 12, 2003 performance at the Tokyo International Forum Hall.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

Joao Gilberto was born on July 10th 1931 in the city of Juazeiro, Bahia. Having grown up among musicians, he formed the band 'Enamorados do Ritmo' when he has a teenager. By the age of 18 Joao was working at a local radio station (Radio Sociedade da Bahia) in Salvador. In 1950 he moved to Rio de Janeiro, where he joined the band 'Garotos da Lua' and recorded two albums in the following year. Subsequently, Joao embarked on a solo career, recording an album, his first song of authorship as well as collaborating with other bands.
Joao left Rio de Janeiro for a period between 1955 and 1957 and dedicated himself to improving his guitar playing technique and developed a new musical style. On his return to the capital he fought to present the novelty sound, which came as an album recorded in July of 1958. Its impact changed the direction of Brazilian music. In March 1959 Joao had his first album released, 'Chega de Saudade', followed by another two albums in the coming years. A new musical language was established.
This new sound created by Joao Gilberto, coupled with the Brazilian traditional rhythm, made popular the modern samba called bossa nova. An entire generation of young musicians were influenced by this new sound which generated considerable commercial appeal. After revolutionising Brazilian music, Joao Gilberto's sound reached jazz musicians, who recognised him as a phenomenon. American musicians touring in Brazil brought Joao's recordings back to the US where the albums were playlisted on radio stations aimed at jazz enthusiasts. By the end of 1961 the album 'Brazil's Brilliant Joao Gilberto' was released in the US.
During 1962 bossa nova reached the international audience. The commercial success of an album by the violinist Charles Byrd and the saxophonist Stan Getz inspired many jazz musicians to follow suit. This fuelled the popularity of the 'jazz samba' genre, which featured in dozens of albums recorded during that period. In November on 1962, Joao Gilberto performed at the Carnegie Hall in New York. Joao lived in New York until 1979 (between 1969 and 1971 he lived in Mexico City).
Joao's first album recorded in the US, 'Getz/Gilberto', remained unreleased for a year, given the market saturation for the genre. Released in 1964, after the commercial wave, the album was received as the true bossa nova. The album shared the top of the charts with The Beatles for 96 weeks and was nominated for nine Grammy awards. The record reached a vast international audience and was a best-seller for several years, popularising the song 'Garota de Ipanema' (Girl from Ipanema) and the singer Astrud Gilberto, then Mrs. Gilberto.
The doors were definitely open for Brazilian popular music abroad. Since then Brazil has become a major exporter of music and musicians. The diffusion of the modern Brazilian music around the world kept Joao Gilberto a foreign resident for 17 years, during which time bossa nova was established as a Brazilian musical idiom and conquered the appreciation of many. Joao was nominated for the Grammy awards three times as best jazz singer with Getz/Gilberto (1964); Amoroso (1977) and Live in Montreux (1988). Joao finally received a Grammy award for the album 'Joao Voz e Violao' in 2001. 

Considered one of the most original artists and one of the most influential musicians of modern times, Joao Gilberto lives in Rio de Janeiro and performs at festivals and concert halls around the world.

In Japan
On Tuesday, June 8, 2004, Verve Records released In Tokyo, a new live recording from one of the legends of the bossa nova movement, João Gilberto. The album documents the reclusive singer/songwriter/guitarist's first-ever concerts in Japan.
At these concerts, Gilberto performed solo, accompanied only by himself on guitar. (The same format can be heard on Gilberto's 2000 release João Voz E Violão - Verve 314 546 7123-2). While In Tokyo features some new arrangements and harmonies, the sound is purely Gilberto: the beauty of his instantly-recognizable voice and his subtle, yet passionate, guitar playing.
In Tokyo kicks off with the lively "Acontece Que Es Sou Baiano" and includes nearly 70 minutes of music before winding down with the dreamy sounds of "Aos Pés da Cruz." Gilberto included numerous tunes by the great Antonio Carlos Jobim, including the classics "Corcovado" and "Wave," as well as "Este Seu Olhar" and "Meditação" (co-written by Jobim and Newton Mendonca). Some of the other songs documented at this concert are the pretty "Louco" and the haunting "Rosa Morena" (one of three songs written or co-written by Dorival Caymmi on this collection).
Gilberto held four sold-out concerts in Tokyo and Yokohama, Japan, in September of 2003. Remarkably, this was the first time he had ever performed in that country. The shows were recorded from the sound boards on to DAT tapes for reference only, but Gilberto was so pleased with both the quality of the sound and his performance that he decided to release one of these landmark concert on CD. In Tokyo spotlights the September 12, 2003 performance at the Tokyo International Forum Hall.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

Joao Gilberto was born on July 10th 1931 in the city of Juazeiro, Bahia. Having grown up among musicians, he formed the band 'Enamorados do Ritmo' when he has a teenager. By the age of 18 Joao was working at a local radio station (Radio Sociedade da Bahia) in Salvador. In 1950 he moved to Rio de Janeiro, where he joined the band 'Garotos da Lua' and recorded two albums in the following year. Subsequently, Joao embarked on a solo career, recording an album, his first song of authorship as well as collaborating with other bands.
Joao left Rio de Janeiro for a period between 1955 and 1957 and dedicated himself to improving his guitar playing technique and developed a new musical style. On his return to the capital he fought to present the novelty sound, which came as an album recorded in July of 1958. Its impact changed the direction of Brazilian music. In March 1959 Joao had his first album released, 'Chega de Saudade', followed by another two albums in the coming years. A new musical language was established.
This new sound created by Joao Gilberto, coupled with the Brazilian traditional rhythm, made popular the modern samba called bossa nova. An entire generation of young musicians were influenced by this new sound which generated considerable commercial appeal. After revolutionising Brazilian music, Joao Gilberto's sound reached jazz musicians, who recognised him as a phenomenon. American musicians touring in Brazil brought Joao's recordings back to the US where the albums were playlisted on radio stations aimed at jazz enthusiasts. By the end of 1961 the album 'Brazil's Brilliant Joao Gilberto' was released in the US.
During 1962 bossa nova reached the international audience. The commercial success of an album by the violinist Charles Byrd and the saxophonist Stan Getz inspired many jazz musicians to follow suit. This fuelled the popularity of the 'jazz samba' genre, which featured in dozens of albums recorded during that period. In November on 1962, Joao Gilberto performed at the Carnegie Hall in New York. Joao lived in New York until 1979 (between 1969 and 1971 he lived in Mexico City).
Joao's first album recorded in the US, 'Getz/Gilberto', remained unreleased for a year, given the market saturation for the genre. Released in 1964, after the commercial wave, the album was received as the true bossa nova. The album shared the top of the charts with The Beatles for 96 weeks and was nominated for nine Grammy awards. The record reached a vast international audience and was a best-seller for several years, popularising the song 'Garota de Ipanema' (Girl from Ipanema) and the singer Astrud Gilberto, then Mrs. Gilberto.
The doors were definitely open for Brazilian popular music abroad. Since then Brazil has become a major exporter of music and musicians. The diffusion of the modern Brazilian music around the world kept Joao Gilberto a foreign resident for 17 years, during which time bossa nova was established as a Brazilian musical idiom and conquered the appreciation of many. Joao was nominated for the Grammy awards three times as best jazz singer with Getz/Gilberto (1964); Amoroso (1977) and Live in Montreux (1988). Joao finally received a Grammy award for the album 'Joao Voz e Violao' in 2001. 

Considered one of the most original artists and one of the most influential musicians of modern times, Joao Gilberto lives in Rio de Janeiro and performs at festivals and concert halls around the world.

In Japan
On Tuesday, June 8, 2004, Verve Records released In Tokyo, a new live recording from one of the legends of the bossa nova movement, João Gilberto. The album documents the reclusive singer/songwriter/guitarist's first-ever concerts in Japan.
At these concerts, Gilberto performed solo, accompanied only by himself on guitar. (The same format can be heard on Gilberto's 2000 release João Voz E Violão - Verve 314 546 7123-2). While In Tokyo features some new arrangements and harmonies, the sound is purely Gilberto: the beauty of his instantly-recognizable voice and his subtle, yet passionate, guitar playing.
In Tokyo kicks off with the lively "Acontece Que Es Sou Baiano" and includes nearly 70 minutes of music before winding down with the dreamy sounds of "Aos Pés da Cruz." Gilberto included numerous tunes by the great Antonio Carlos Jobim, including the classics "Corcovado" and "Wave," as well as "Este Seu Olhar" and "Meditação" (co-written by Jobim and Newton Mendonca). Some of the other songs documented at this concert are the pretty "Louco" and the haunting "Rosa Morena" (one of three songs written or co-written by Dorival Caymmi on this collection).
Gilberto held four sold-out concerts in Tokyo and Yokohama, Japan, in September of 2003. Remarkably, this was the first time he had ever performed in that country. The shows were recorded from the sound boards on to DAT tapes for reference only, but Gilberto was so pleased with both the quality of the sound and his performance that he decided to release one of these landmark concert on CD. In Tokyo spotlights the September 12, 2003 performance at the Tokyo International Forum Hall.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

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