Cassio Vianna | Letters to Grace: A Song Cycle

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Letters to Grace: A Song Cycle

by Cassio Vianna

These songs were written by Brazilian pianist/composer Cassio Vianna in collaboration with Lacey Caligure and Donna Henderson. Performed by singer Sherry Alves and a team of first-rate musicians, these sambas, bossas and waltzes will make you feel in Rio.
Genre: Latin: Brazilian Jazz
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1. I Smile
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2. Rain Samba
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3. So Far Away
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4. Like the First Time
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5. On Time
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6. Letter to Saudade
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7. Your Eyes
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8. River Waltz
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9. Letter to Grace
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Produced by Cassio Vianna and Keller Coker, Letters to Grace is a song cycle filled with the Brazilian spirit of longing—with the spirit of saudade, in Portuguese. Long melodic lines searching for dissonance, the consistency of the harmonies, and a strong sense of rhythmic syncopation are part of this spirit, and are also prominent features of Cassio's music.

In this album, Cassio's compositions and lyrics, the poetry of Lacey Caligure and Donna Henderson, the magnificent vocal performance of Sherry Alves, and the performances of a team of first-rate musicians from Brazil and the US unite to deliver these letters to you, in the form of sambas, bossas, waltzes and ballads.

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Joe Ross (Roots Music Report)

Relaxing, mesmerizing music that explores lonely nights, warm hearts, river curr
Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Dr. Cassio Vianna is a composer/arranger, pianist and educator who is quickly making a big name for himself. Now an Assistant Professor of Music (and Director of Jazz Studies) at Pacific Lutheran University, he heads up the University Jazz Ensemble and teaches jazz courses. All the music, as well as some lyrics, on “Letters to Grace: A Song Cycle” were composed by Vianna. Lyrics were also written by Lacey Caligure and Donna Henderson. Acoustic guitarist Jose Neto, bassist Wagner Trindade and percussionist Flavio Santos provide a very solid rhythm foundation that allows soloists to shine on such pieces as “Rain Samba” and “Like the First Time.” Besides featuring top-flight musicians on the project, the album is also a showcase for the impressive vocal talent of Sherry Alves who interprets each song with a smooth, silky style and rhythmic buoyancy. Vianna’s Brazilian influences result in relaxing, mesmerizing music that explore such topics as lonely nights, warm hearts, river currents, soulful eyes and the mysteries of time. (Joe Ross, Roots Music Report)
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