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É Luxo Só

by Josee Koning

Swinging samba by Ary Barroso, in a new arrangement by guitarist Nelson Faria. Featuring Dutch leading lady in Brazilian music, Josee Koning. Brazilian musicians Nelson Faria, Kiko Freitas, Rômulo Gomes, Marçal, Hans Vroomans. Recorded in Rio de Janeiro!
Genre: Brazilian: Bossa Nova
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Swinging samba classic that makes you want to dance! Also watch the videoclip that shows Renata Araujo dancing to this song in the favela.
Josee Koning met dancer Renata Araujo in 2012 in Rio de Janeiro. Renata dances in the Grupo de Teatro Favela Força, one of the projects by IBISS (Instituto Brasileiro de Inovações em Saúde Social, Brazilian institute for innovation and social health care) an international NGO.
É luxo só (It's only luxury) is a subtle samba about the stunning beauty of a female dancer, written in 1957 by Brazilian composer Ary Barroso. While Josee sang É luxo só, Renata danced in a street in the favela where she lives. Part of the revenues of this single will be donated to IBISS to continue its Grupo de Teatro Favela Força.
Dutch singer Josee Koning has been working with great Brazilian musicians and composers like Ivan Lins, Dori Caymmi, João Bosco, Sivuca, Nelson Faria and many others since 1995.
It started with her first solo-album Tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim, recorded in Los Angeles, and produced and arranged by the famous Brazilian Dori Caymmi. In April 1996 Josee shared the stage with Dori and his also famous musical family in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

In October 1998 Dori Caymmi came to Holland to record Josee's second solo-album entitled Dois Mundos / Two Worlds. In addition he brought his friend, the famous Brazilian singer/composer Ivan Lins to sing some of his songs with Josee. The album was successfully released in the Netherlands and Brazil. In 2004 the track Coração Vagabundo was even used for the Brazilian telenovela Seus Olhos, broadcasted by SBT.

Ivan Lins has been participating in Josee's musical projects since. He had a leading role in Josee's third album Recorded in Rio, that was recorded in the famous Discover Studio in Rio de Janeiro. This album was arranged and produced by Uruguayan guitar virtuoso Leonardo Amuedo, and featured drummer Teo Lima and accordion wizard Sivuca.

In 2005 Josee recorded another cd in Rio de Janeiro. This time in her native language, Dutch. The album called Verdronken Vlinder (Drowned Butterfly) is a tribute to her first husband, famous Dutch songwriter Lennaert Nijgh, who died in 2002. The Dutch songs received a wonderful Brazilian treat and was very successful in the Netherlands.

Josee's latest album Bem Brasileiro (2007) was recorded in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, with the sublime musicians of Nosso Trio [Nelson Faria (guitar), Ney Conceição (bass) and Kiko Freitas (drums)] and participation of the great João Bosco. Bem Brasileiro was nominated for the Edison World Music Award 2007.

Josee Koning studied at the Amsterdam Conservatory and gained more in-depth knowledge of the Brazilian music and culture, studying in Rio de Janeiro. She teaches Brazilian music at the conservatories of Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

Who's the Bossa?
In July 2009 Josee invited Nosso Trio and the fabulous Swiss cellist Daniel Pezzotti to play at a Tribute to 50 Years of Bossa Nova. This was the start of a project called Who's the Bossa? which consists of various virtuoso musicians from Brazil, Switzerland and The Netherlands, with a shared passion for Brazilian music.

Who's the Bossa? with Nelson Faria (guitar), Alfredo Paixão (bass), Hans Vroomans (piano), Daniel Pezzotti (cello), Kiko Freitas (drums) and Josee Koning (vocals) played in the Bimhuis in Amsterdam and in various venues in Switzerland early 2009 and enlightened the public.

Brazilian Chamber project
The Brazilian Chamber project is the latest project by Who's the Bossa? Josee Koning (vocals), Nelson Faria (guitar). Daniel Pezzotti (cello) and Hans Vroomans (piano) recorded a beautiful acoustic mix of classic, jazz and Brazilian compositions by, amongst others, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Lenine, Nelson Faria and Cole Porter. Who's the Bossa? will release the long awaited album in 2014.

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