Luiz Simas' newest CD, with 13 original songs with lyrics in Portuguese.
Luiz composed all the music, wrote all the lyrics (except for the lyrics for "Apareci por Aqui", written by Silvio Ferreira Leite) and all the arrangements.
Featuring Luiz on lead vocals and piano, plus many great Brazilian
and American musicians (click here for complete list of musicians).
Includes a booklet with all the lyrics (the USA version includes also
the lyrics translations). Released in Brazil and in the USA.
1 - Cabelos Brancos
2 - Se o Papa Dissesse
3 - Sambinha do Chinês
4 - Meu Rio
5 - A Chama
6 - A Rede, a Brisa e o Som do Mar
7 - Normal
8 - Panelas
9 - A Revolta dos Mares
10 - Cafuné
11 - Sorvete Colorê
12 - Sempre Assim
13 - Apareci por Aqui
A solo piano suite in three movements, with a Brazilian flavor,
impressionistic colors and beautiful melodies. Inspired by the endangered
Brazilian Atlantic Forest.
Customer reviews: "Mata Atlantica is a truly amazing musical performance
and composition for solo piano. Wonderful for relaxation, background
music, or reference listening. Take a trip to Brazil without leaving
your living room! E.M."
"The inspiration was Brazil, but the territory explored here is the vast
expanse of human emotion: the delight, the yearning, the passion and
sweet regret of our collective journey. Mata Atlantica grows more lush
with every listen. C.B."
1 - Manhã na Praia (Morning on the Beach)
2 - Trilha na Serra (Mountain Trail)
3 - a) Mico Leão (Golden Tamarin)
b) Chuva de Verão (Summer Rain)
This is a solo piano recording of 10 beautiful
original chorinhos (Brazilian ragtime) . "By far the very
best choro release out of Brazil in recent years. All titles here
are composed and superbly performed by Luiz Simas on piano" "Every
time I play New Chorinhos from Brazil, I find myself setting my CD
player to a continuous repeat mode"- Egidio Leitao, Luna
Kafe. Released in the USA.
1 - Chorinho das Comadres
2 - Chorinho com Bossa
3 - Saltitante
4 - Chorinho Bachiano
5 - A Ladeira do Sobe-e-Desce
6 - Preguiçoso
7 - Endiabrado
8 - Teimosa
9 - Do Coração
10 - Chorinho do Mar
Original Brazilian pop/jazz sung in English
and Portuguese, recorded with Luiz on vocals and piano plus a large
ensemble of superb musicians. Soft songs with beautiful melodies and
harmonies, and highly rhythmic, very uplifting tunes. English lyrics
by Ellen Schwartz. With Ricky Sebastien (drums), Sérgio Brandão
(bass), John Abbey (bass), Romero Lubambo (guitar), Urban Sanchez
(percussion), Mauro Refosco (percussion), Bob Kindred (Sax), Premik
Russell Tubbs (bansuri Indian flute), and several backing vocalists
(click here for
complete list of vocalists).
Released in the USA.
- Sugar Reef
2 - You Never Know
3 - If She Asks Him
4 - Recipe for Rhythm
5 - Ember in the Dark
6 - Wake up
7 - Maybe
8 - The Song of the Siren
9 - Vai-e-Vem
10 - Another Cloudy Day
11 - For Ever
Piano improvisations with a Brazilian flavor.
"Anyone who enjoys wonderfully expressive solo piano pieces
will love this CD"..." It was hard to choose just a few
tracks to play the following week on my radio show"..."Serenamente
(Serenely) -- Beautiful! A perfect evocation of serenity"..."Alameda
(Back alley) -- Hauntingly beautiful melody. One of Luiz Simas's
very best. It has an "eastern" exotic flavor..."Chorinhozinho
(Little Bitty Choro) -- Delightful!"...- Randy Morse,
KZUM 89.3 FM, Lincoln, NE. Released in the USA.
1 - Serenamente
2 - O Guaxinim e a Preá
3 - Outono
4 - Vamos Lá!
5 - Alameda
6 - Sorvete Colorê
7 - Hã?
8 - Portugal
9 - Suave Samba-duro
10 - As Flores da Maria
11 - Profecia
12 - Chorinhozinho
This live recording incorporates a multitude of Brazilian styles:
samba, baião, bossa nova, Brazilian jazz. It features Luiz
Simas on piano, Barbara Blonska on flute, Steve Kowarsky on bassoon
and Jorge Amorim on percussion. Works by Nazareth, Villa-Lobos, Jobim,
Simas and more. Released in the USA.
1. The Legend of the
3. Blue Hyacinth
4. Doce de Coco
5. Tea for Two
6. For J.S.Bach
7. Jobim Medley
8. Chorinho com Bossa
9. Twisted Samba
10. Bachianas Brasileiras #5
11. Variations on
12. Odeon II (bonus track)
A collection of easy piano pieces for beginners, this book is a great
introduction to Brazilian-style syncopation and rhythms
1 - Valsinha
para Sofia ("Little Waltz for Sofia"
2 - A Joaninha ("The Lady-bug") - view sample
3 - A Dança do Zezé ("Zezé's Dance")
4 - O Gato e o Rato ("The Cat and the Mouse")
5 - Férias na Bahia ("Vacation in Bahia") - view sample
6 - Bola-de-gude ("Marbles") - view sample
The pieces in this new book, while containing the typical elements characteristic
of traditional Brazilian music, are geared toward the pianist with intermediate
level technical abilities. It’s perfect for students and lovers
of Brazilian music in general.
1 - Dançando na Chuva ("Dancing in
2 - Valsa da Manhã ("Morning Waltz") - view sample
3 - A Pergunta ("The Question")
4 - O Sabiá e o Jabuti
("The Song-thrush and the Turtle) -
5 - Doce Perfume ("Sweet Perfume") - view sample
6 - Corridinha ("Short Run")
7 - Manhã de Verão ("Summer Morning") - view sample
para Olga" ("Lullaby for Olga") piano
Three original piano pieces for intermediate level: "Acalanto para Olga"
(dedicated to late composer and pianist Olga Gorelli), "Habanera Carioca"
and "Meu Bandolim" (dedicated to mandolin master Marilynn Mair)