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"Cafuné"

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Luiz Simas' newest CD, with 13 original songs with lyrics in Portuguese. Luiz composed all the music, wrote all the lyrics 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 space gif

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"Mata Atlântica (Atlantic Forest) Piano Suite "

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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)

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"New Chorinhos from Brazil"

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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

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"Recipe for Rhythm"

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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.

1 - 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

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"Impromptu"

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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

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"Luiz Simas Live in New York City"

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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
Enchanted Lagoon
2. Odeon
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
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12. Odeon II (bonus track)

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Piano Books and other printed music

"New Chorinhos from Brazil" piano book

 
New Chorinhos piano book

Luiz Simas’s 10 original pieces for piano in chorinho (“Brazilian ragtime”) style. Also available as a CD with the same title and all the same pieces. Intermediate to advanced level of difficulty.

Pieces - Click on link to view sample of each first page
1 - Chorinho das Comadres - view sample
2 - Chorinho com Bossa - view sample
3 - Saltitante - view sample
4 - Chorinho Bachiano - view sample
5 - A Ladeira do Sobe-e-Desce
6 - Preguiçoso
7 - Endiabrado
8 - Teimosa
9 - Do Coração
10 - Chorinho do Mar

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"Six Brazilian Easy Pieces"

 
Six Brazilian Easy Pieces piano book

A collection of easy piano pieces for beginners, this book is a great introduction to Brazilian-style syncopation and rhythms

Pieces
1 - Valsinha para Sofia ("Little Waltz for Sofia"
2 - A Joaninha ("The Lady-bug") - view sample
3 - A Dança do Zezé ("Zezé's Dance") - view sample
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

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"Seven Brazilian Pieces" piano book

 
Seven Brazilian Pieces piano book

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.

Pieces
1 - Dançando na Chuva ("Dancing in the Rain")
2 - Valsa da Manhã ("Morning Waltz") - view sample
3 - A Pergunta ("The Question")
4 - O Sabiá e o Jabuti
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5 - Doce Perfume ("Sweet Perfume") - view sample
6 - Corridinha ("Short Run")
7 - Manhã de Verão ("Summer Morning") - view sample

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"Acalanto para Olga" ("Lullaby for Olga") piano book

 
Seven Brazilian Pieces piano book

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)

 

Pieces
1 - Acalanto para Olga - view sample
2 - Habanera Carioca - view sample
3 - Meu Bandolim - view sample

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