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HELOÍSA FERNANDES PIANIST & COMPOSER

BRAZIL

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Her sound is created from the essence of Brazil’s rich cultural history, transformed into new compositions and arrangements, on which she improvises with inspiration found in the moment of performance. Using a vocabulary of contrasts -- delicacy and driving rhythm, quiet introspection and joyous dance, elegance and playfulness -- she brings forth a singular voice among 21st century Brazilian musicians.

PRESS QUOTES

“She was pure enchantment from the moment she entered, shook off her high heels, and delivered a rich whiff of Brazil – Villa-Lobos's Abril transitioning into Jobim's Double Rainbow – pedaling with her bare feet. There was an unexpected Corea-like simplicity to Fernandes' interpretations of the Villa-Lobos and a rhapsodic grandeur to her Jobim.” PERRY TANNENBAUM, JAZZTIMES

 

“... Luminous and lyrical, Fernandes is beyond categorization. She is herself, and I'll always be interested in any music she cares to explore.” TIME PAGE, THE POST AND COURIER

“It’s surely a sign of an accomplished performer when she can kick off her shoes, share a warm, familiar laugh with an unfamiliar audience in a far-off place, and dazzle with every note all the while. It was a wonderful North American debut for Brazilian pianist Heloisa Fernandes.”
JASON A. ZWIKER, CHARLESTON CITY PAPER

“... One of her greatest virtues is an underlying impulse, a joy both sunny and sober, a contentment in the fun and freedom of making music, blended with the responsibility to play everything with meaning, even in the free improvisations ...” ARTHUR NESTROVSKI, FOLHA DE SÃO PAULO
 

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"ROSA" (PIXINGUINHA)

"VÔO" (HELOÎSA FERNANDES)

"RETRATO EM BRANCO E PRETO" (TOM JOBIM & CHICO BUARQUE)

"TRILHOS URBANOS" (CAETANO VELOSO)

EXCERPTS FROM "PRAIÁS, VÔO & CANDEIAS" (HELOÍSA FERNANDES)