“[Isabella’s] expressive, pristine vocals, ... can mix a sense of vulnerability with resilience and joy, have become part of her effervescent signature sound ... along, of course, with her well-honed jazz piano playing. ”
The Bossa Nova Project
The Bossa Nova Project was founded by Brazilian singer-songwriter/pianist, Isabella Mendes, with the intent to bring people together to share happiness through music. The project was inspired by the original Bossa Nova movement which took place during the Brazilian "Golden Era" in the 60’s, when Brazil was booming, culturally, socially and economically. Bossa Nova brought people together through the music. It began as a collaboration between friends and musicians, coming together without pretense or ego but more with a genuine interest in the new music. Musicians such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Nara Leão, Carlos Lyra, João Gilberto and others, would gather at each other's apartments to play and sing songs that celebrated the beach, beauty, "Carioca" life and nature while speaking of Love and Happiness. The goal of the Bossa Nova Project is to replicate that original intent: to share beautiful music with others in order to bring people together and to bring Happiness to the world.
Artists: Isabella Mendes - founder/piano/vocals
Joe Carter - co-founder/guitar
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David Cordeiro - guitar/vocals
Flavio Lira - bass
Gracilliano Zambonin - drums
Adriano Santos - drums
Itaiguara Brandão - bass
Tim Moran - flute/sax
Felipe Karam - violin/cavaquinho
"...when you can span three generations in that way you know there is something special going on and the live performance only enhances that essence."
~ Raised By Gypsies
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[Isabella's] expressive, pristine vocals, which can mix a sense of vulnerability with resilience and joy, have become part of her effervescent signature sound in appearances in Connecticut clubs and festivals, along, of course, with her well-honed jazz piano playing, rooted in the knowledge and mastery she derived from her classical studies." ~ Owen McNally, WNPR Jazz Corridor, August 19, 2015
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