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Brasil Canada

by Fernanda Cunha

This CD project is a unique fusion of Brazilian and Canadian music and culture. Brazilian singer Fernanda Cunha on vocals plus quartet plays bossa nova, jazz and sambas from both countries . Genre: jazz, world
Genre: Jazz: Bossa Nova
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1. Dreamland
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2. O Primeiro Jornal
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3. Candy
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4. Pescador
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5. Pacing the Cage
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6. Quanto Tempo Faz
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7. Ultimo Desejo
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8. Some of These Days
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9. Amanheceu
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Fernanda Cunha
Brasil Canadá
Independent 199023064 (2009)

Musical Affinity
regular performer in Canada since 2005, Fernanda Cunha chose to explore the musical affinities between her homeland and that country in her fourth album appropriately entitled Brasil Canadá. Having performed in the Vancouver International Jazz Festival as well as in Toronto, Calgary and other Canadian cities, Fernanda is no stranger to Canada, a country "which welcomes all kinds of culture, people, and differences," she says.

Produced by Fernanda Cunha and Mike Lent (who also plays bass in all tracks), the album brings Canadian songwriters such as Joni Mitchell and Shelton Brooks side by side with Brazilian stars Sueli Costa, Abel Silva and Noel Rosa. Arrangements were created by Fernanda's pianist Ricardo Rito with two special arrangements penned by Fernanda's aunt Sueli Costa, who also plays the piano in "Último Desejo." The other special guest is Brazilian guitarist Zé Carlos, with whom Fernanda recorded the 2007 album Zíngaro. In addition to Mike Lent and Ricardo Rito, the third member of Fernanda's base trio in this release is drummer Sandro Dominelli. The music, the musicians and even the recording studios in Edmonton and Rio de Janeiro reflect the affinity between both countries.
Joni Mitchell's "Dreamland" opens the album, and thanks to Zé Carlos master guitar accompaniment, we hear a nice samba influence in that composition. "It's a long, long way from Canada," the song says, but in Fernanda's voice and her band's performance, we hear the album's proposition of joining two far away countries through their music. "Propped up on a samba beat," Joni Mitchell's song serenades us into this dreamland of Brasil Canadá. The next two tracks sound as if they were made side by side as book ends. "O Primeiro Jornal," one of Sueli Costa/Abel Silva's classic, blends in perfect unison with Mack David/Joan Whitney/Alex C. Kramer's well known "Candy." In both tracks, the trio arrangement is simple and allows each musician a chance to showcase their nice solos. Furthermore, as a special treat, Zé Carlos comes back with a brief ending guitar solo in "Candy," though one can easily hear his steady accompaniment throughout the entire track.

I love the nice, slow ballad "Pescador," by Marcio Hallack. The chord changes are captivating and at times sound like a song that could have been written by Sueli Costa. I can clearly see why Fernanda chose to include this track. The next track sends us back up north to Canada with Bruce Cockburn's "Pacing the Cage." The haunting melody is supported by beautiful lyrics, sometimes strong as in "sunset is an angel weeping holding out a bloody sword," and at other times showing the promise that "sometimes the darkness is your friend." As the song goes, we also find ourselves "pacing the cage." Another ballad, "Some of These Days," by Shelton Brooks, brings in a sultry arrangement for the entire trio and Fernanda's performance in an unforgettable style. It is a tough number, especially since it follows the duet of piano and voice in Noel Rosa's "Último Desejo." Not much can be said about "Último Desejo" except that Fernanda's heartfelt rendition along with Sueli Costa's inimitable piano performance is a dream come true.

Another nice surprise in this album is Fernanda's talents as a songwriter. She co-wrote two tracks for the album. The first is "Quanto Tempo Faz," with Mike Lent. A hopeful song of times gone by, the lyrics long for another time to go on together until dawn without looking back. The other track, the closing number in Brasil Canadá, is the beautiful, fast and soft samba "Amanheceu." Ricardo's piano solo wraps up a nice selection of music.

Brasil Canadá is pleasing in its simplicity and delivery. Fernanda Cunha continues to explore her musical universe with daring courage. She does not hesitate to push her boundaries, and by doing so, she continues to grow as a top Brazilian performer.

Reviewed by Egídio Leitão
September 2009





con questo quarto disco getta un ponte ideale tra il paese natale e la terra d'adozione, confermando le buone vibrazioni suscitate da un suo precedente lavoro recensito su queste colonne. Circondata da un classico trio piano-basso-batteria composto da fidati strumentisti, Fernanda Cunha rivela come sempre la propria formazione jazzistica puntando prevalentemente su un repertorio consolidato ma non del tutto usuale, eterogeneo senza peccare di incoerenza. In esso trovano spazio nove piacevoli temi, suddivisi tra le due lingue e le altrettante scuole di riferimento della vocalista. Nella drammatica "Último desejo" di Noel Rosa, la Cunha si fa accompagnare dal piano solo della zia Sueli Costa, della quale interpreta poi la swingante e poco conosciuta "O primeiro jornal". Sugli stessi toni e a seguire, arriva la classicissima "Candy", evergreen nordamericano del secondo dopoguerra. Piace la levada sambistica data al classico di Joni Mitchell "Dreamland", con l'intervento del violão di Zé Carlos. "Pescador" è una suadente ballata di Marcio Hallack, "Amanheceu" un delizioso sambinha scritto dalla Cunha con Ricardo Rito e Luiz Sergio Henriques. Nel suggestivo standard "Some of these days" del compositore canadese Shelton Brooks, rivive l'atmosfera dei fumosi jazz club dell'epoca di Cab Calloway. In mezzo a tanta storia e tradizione, l'episodio del disco che più colpisce è "Quanto tempo faz", intimo e riflessivo inedito, di vago sapore bossanovistico e ambientazione pop, firmato dalla Cunha e dal bassista Mike Lent. Album solido e sicuro, che si posiziona nel territorio della brasilianità da esportazione senza con questo essere sfacciatamente un prodotto "per gringo". Fernanda Cunha piace, non ammicca e non cade nella tentazione di compiacere chicchessia
(MusiBrasil Italy- Antonio Forni) Italy- July 2009


Canada’s Love Affair with Fernanda Cunha (The Feeling Is Mutual)
Bringing a versatile voice and unique musical offerings to the Brazillian musical family is Fernanda Cunha, a Rio de Janeiro-based singer whose voice has been compared to legendary Brazilian songstress Elis Regina. Speaking of family, Cunha’s own is rich in talent: her mother, Telma Costa, is famous for her duet of the song “Eu te amo” with Chico Buarque, and she is the niece of composers Sueli and Lisieux Costa.
(Lusitania Nancy Matos )Vanouver 6/2008


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