The latest in a great tradition of Brazilian divas, Marisa Monte is at once youthful and timeless, traditional and cosmopolitan. As Brazil’s best-selling female artist she has reached a pinnacle of achievement by creating songs that are heavy on rock rhythms, catchy melodies and occasional tinges of jazz and bossa nova. This, combined with her melting mezzo-soprano voice, has prompted the Los Angeles Times to describe her as, “a performer with irresistible presence…Monte has all the skills, style, manner and attitude it takes to break through to a wide international audience. It’s hard not to be struck by the beauty of her talent, her perfect intonation, her interpretive depth and her charisma.”
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From nytimes.com Marisa Monte Performs at the Beacon Theatre By: John Pareles On Wednesday night the Brazilian songwriter Marisa Monte told a sold-out audience at the Beacon Theater (where she returns on Friday) that she was “very happy to be in Brazil last week.” That was when protests spread across the country, first over bus fare increases and then over...
Posted Jul 1st, 2013
From AM New York Marisa Monte brings sweet sounds of Brazil to NYC By: Robert Spuhler It’s been seven years since the last time Brazilian superstar Marisa Monte made it to America for performances. But the U.S. shouldn’t take it personally; during that time, she has produced a documentary, put out a live album and DVD, recorded an album of...
Posted Jun 26th, 2013
From Miami Herald Brazilian singer Marisa Monte brings technically dazzling tour to Fillmore Miami Beach By: Jordan Levin Brazilian singer Marisa Monte’s current tour is a kind of musical art gallery, with enough groundbreaking technology and multimedia visuals to thrill fans of Art Basel and the Ultra Music Festival. Images by Brazil’s leading visual artists bloom across giant layered screens...
Posted Jun 25th, 2013
Huffpost Arts and Culture An Atypical Brazilian Pop Star Listens to Her Inner Voice for New Album By Marty Lipp In the high-energy world of Brazilian popular music, Marisa Monte has always stood apart — a pensive pop star more interested in making beauty than shaking booty. Since her debut live album in 1989, Monte has conquered the charts with...
Posted Jun 14th, 2013
From Miami New Times Marisa Monte Searches For Verdade Uma Ilusão at the Fillmore Miami Beach By: Laurie Charles There’s something about Brazil that exudes sexiness. Maybe it’s the way the tongue rolls when speaking the language. Or the beautiful, modelesque women that live there. Or samba. Whatever it is, we can all agree the place is an exotic wonderland....
Posted Jun 13th, 2013
From PRWeb Brazilian Superstar Concert Special on WPBT2, Marisa Monte: Memories, Chronicles and Declarations of Love, June 3rd – 8PM “Ms. Monte has a voice that caresses every note she sings and an ear for melody, whether it’s in an old samba or a Motown-flavored rock tune…her voice was pure seduction, and the audience was spellbound. And when she arrived...
Posted May 31st, 2013
From Blue Note Brazilian Singer Marisa Monte Announces First U.S. Tour Dates in 7 Years Following the 2012 release of O Que Você Quer Saber de Verdade, the acclaimed singer Marisa Monte has announced Verdade Uma Ilusão, her seventh international tour that will bring her to the U.S. for the first time since 2006. Recognized as one of the great...
Posted Apr 16th, 2013
From The Wall Street Journal Brazilian Singer Marisa Monte Sambas Back Into the Spotlight By:Eduardo Kaplan Marisa Monte doesn’t want people to get the wrong impression about the six-year hiatus she took after her last studio release. She was quite busy during that time, giving birth to her second child, raising a family, and working on a documentary as well...
Posted Apr 24th, 2012
From Blue Note Brazilian Superstar Marisa Monte Returns With March 27 Release of “O Que Voce Quer Saber De Verdade” (What You Really Want to Know) On March 27, Blue Note Records will release O Que Você Quer Saber De Verdade (“What You Really Want To Know”), the long-awaited new album from Brazilian superstar Marisa Monte. O Que Você Quer...
Posted Jan 25th, 2012
The Music of Marisa Monte Fresh Air from WHYY, December 6, 2006 Milo Miles Click here to listen Milo Miles talks about the music of Brazilian singer, songwriter, and bandleader Marisa Monte. Monte produces her own records, organizes bands and shapes every aspect of her career. She released a pair of albums earlier this year, Universo ao Meu Redor, and...
Posted Dec 6th, 2006
Best Samba/Pagode Album Universo Ao Meu Redor Marisa Monte [EMI/Phonomotor Records] Best Classical Album Rhapsody In Blue Michel Camilo & Ernest Martinez Izquierdo; Elaine Martone, producer [Telarc Jazz] The Seventh Annual Latin Grammys were held last night in NYC. For a complete list of winners and more information: www.grammy.com
Posted Nov 3rd, 2006
The two albums (released simultaneously) put on display the remarkable breadth of Monte’s musicianship, as singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer & musicologist. They also feature an impressive array of guest collaborators, including David Byrne, Philip Glass, Seu Jorge, Carlinhos Brown & Arnaldo Antunes.Universo Ao Meu Redor is the Brazilian singer’s first-ever recording to focus entirely on the great Brazilian tradition of...
Posted Sep 12th, 2006
When it comes to the proper credentials for producing a samba album, Marisa Monte is amply equipped.
The Boston Globe
. . . she makes visual music capable of conjuring landscapes that far outstrip what the eye can see.
Los Angeles Times
Whether she is rescuing Brazil’s musical tradition from oblivion or adding to it with new tunes of her own, you invariably get the feeling that she has something important to say.
Ms. Monte has a voice that caresses every note she sings and an ear for melody, whether it’s in an old samba or a Motown-flavored rock tune…her voice was pure seduction, and the audience was spellbound. And when she arrived at some rockers at the end of the set, the crowd was on its feet, singing along.
-New York Times_