Luiz Bonfá


Born: October 17, 1922; Rio De Janeiro, Brazil   Died: January 12, 2001; Rio De Janeiro, Brazil  
Although overshadowed by the towering figure of Antonio Carlos Jobim and to a lesser extent by Joao Gilberto, Luiz Bonfa was right there at the birth of bossa nova as well. In fact, at least two of his songs, the haunting "Manha de Carnaval" and equally evocative "Samba de Orpheus," swept the world at least three years before Jobim's songs began to make a global impact, paving the way for the first Brazilian wave. In addition, Bonfa cultivated a Read more delicate, precise classical guitar style, though more attuned to the traditional samba rhythm than the Gilberto/Jobim bossa nova lilt. Born near the bay of Guanabara in Rio -- his father was an Italian immigrant -- Bonfa took up the guitar at eleven and studied classical guitar with the Uruguayan master Isaias Savio. He began to work Rio's clubs as a singer with the Quitandinha Serenaders, and by 1946, he was appearing on Brazil's Radio Nacional. By 1957, Bonfa was beginning to split his time between New York City and Rio, touring the U.S. with singer Mary Martin, as well as writing and recording Brazilian film scores. The turning point in his career came in 1959 when film director Marcel Camus asked Bonfa to contribute some songs to his film version of the play Orfeo do Carnaval (to be renamed Black Orpheus on the screen). The director originally rejected "Manha de Carnaval" as the film's main theme, but after coming up with what he felt was an inferior second effort, Bonfa fought for his first tune and got his way, and "Manha de Carnaval" became a global pop/jazz/folk standard. In the late '50s and '60s, Bonfa began recording several albums for the American market on EMI Odeon (Capitol), Dot, Atlantic, Cook, Philips, Epic and Verve, and he and his songs appeared prominently on the Jazz Samba Encore album with Jobim and Stan Getz. His songwriting skills were in demand in the most unpredictable places; for example, he wrote the schmaltzy "Almost in Love" for Elvis Presley (included in the forgettable 1968 film Live a Little, Love a Little). Bonfa's profile in America virtually disappeared after the 1960s, although he continued to tour and write, eventually cutting over 50 albums. But he resurfaced in U.S. CD shops after a 15-year gap in 1989 with Non-Stop to Brazil for Chesky, followed by the ravishing The Bonfa Magic in 1991 (released domestically on Milestone) and 1993's Moods on GSP. Also, the original soundtrack for Black Orpheus is available on a Verve CD, a firsthand snapshot of Bonfa and Jobim lighting the fuse for the worldwide Brazilian music explosion. On January 12, 2001, Luiz Bonfa died of cancer in Rio de Janeiro. Read less
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  • 1.
    The Concert / Fessler, Weniger
    Label: Mons Records   Catalog: MR 874609 Release Date: 02/02/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luiz Bonfá,  Traditional,  Stevie Wonder,  Peter Fessler  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Fessler,  Peter Weniger
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    I'll Be Seeing You / Asplund, Wallace, Ellen Andersson Quartet
    Label: Proprius-audiosource   Catalog: 165 Release Date: 11/18/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Carl Fischer,  Luiz Bonfá,  Charlie Parker  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Asplund,  Oilly Wallace
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ellen Andersson Quartet
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    Label: Aparte   Catalog: 114 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Kosma,  Grigoras Dinicu,  Astor Piazzolla,  Andrea Morricone  ... 
    Performer:  Romain Leleu
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    Around the World with Love / Cooper
    Label: Roven Records   Catalog: 10115 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph M. Lacalle,  Francis Poulenc,  Luiz Bonfá,  Glen Roven  ... 
    Performer:  Or Matias,  Kristina Reiko Cooper,  Satoshi Takeishi,  Glen Roven
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    The Clarinotts
    Label: Mercury Classics   Catalog: 002443002 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Albert Franz Doppler,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Clarinotts,  Wiener Virtuosen Streichensemble
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    Americano / Pablo Villegas
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907649 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pedro Elias Gutierrez,  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Antonio Lauro,  Joao Pernambuco  ... 
    Performer:  Pablo Sáinz Villegas
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    Oblivion: Latin American Music For Oboe And Guitar
    Label: First Hand Records   Catalog: 39 Release Date: 06/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Dilermando Reis  ... 
    Performer:  Russell Poyner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dawidek-Poyner Duo
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    Classica Brasiliana - Pixinguinha, Nazareth, Milhaud, Villa-Lobos
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 9101874 Release Date: 02/17/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pixinguinha,  Luis Antonio,  Ernesto Nazareth,  Paulinho Da Viola  ... 
    Performer:  Gabriel Rosário,  Anette Maiburg,  Wlodzimierz Gula,  Roland Peil  ... 
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    Rio - Paris / Natalie Dessay,  Liat Cohen, Agnes Jaoui, Helena Noguerra
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 635035 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  Antonio Carles Marques Pi,  Luiz Bonfá,  Heitor Villa-Lobos  ... 
    Performer:  Helena Noguerra,  Agnes Jaoui,  Natalie Dessay,  Liat Cohen
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    Baroque A Bossa
    Label: Indesens   Catalog: 52 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luiz Bonfá,  Francesco Mancini,  Chico Buarque,  Michelangelo Faggioli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Sales Caractère
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    We Capture The Feeling, Vol. 2
    Label: Fidelio Musique   Catalog: 913 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Unspecified,  Jean-michel Renaud,  John Lewis,  Luiz Bonfá  ... 
    Performer:  Frédéric Alarie,  Art Johnson,  Rachel Laurin
    Conductor:  Jean-Pascal Hamelin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio de Jazz Guillaume Martineau,  June in the Fields,  Maânouche Swing Quintet  ... 
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    Un Solo Camino / Lincoln Almada
    Label: Fra Bernardo   Catalog: 1211132 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Violeta Parra,  Lorenzo Leguizamon,  Roberto Marquez,  Lincoln Almada  ... 
    Performer:  Lincoln Almada
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    Classical Latin Guitarra Vol 1 [3-CD Set]
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8503271 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Javier Contreras,  Horacio Salinas,  Antonio Restucci,  Juan Antonio Sánchez  ... 
    Performer:  José Antonio Escobar,  Victor Villadangos,  Graham Anthony Devine
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    Le Maestro De La Trompette
    Label: Indesens   Catalog: 15 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Ernesto Lecuona,  Michael Carr,  Charles Trenet  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André
    Conductor:  J. Faustin,  Jacques Denjean
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    Fellini! E Piu
    Label: Gramola   Catalog: 98958 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nino Rota,  Alain Romans,  John Williams,  Charles Chaplin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Die Österreichischen Salonisten
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    Artistry - Martin Taylor
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: AKD395 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sammy Fain,  James Van Heusen,  Victor Young,  Gene de Paul  ... 
    Performer:  Martin Taylor
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    Music For Two Guitars
    Label: Clear Note   Catalog: 74469 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Johannes Brahms,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Miroslav Loncar  ... 
    Performer:  Akerman-Teixeira Guitar Duo
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    Wordless Meanings / Raga Dolls
    Label: Move   Catalog: 3249 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Osborne,  Don Heffington,  Luiz Bonfá,  Sydney Baynes  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Raga Dolls
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    Viva Domingo!
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 48757 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Keith Erwen,  David Cangelosi,  Renata Scotto  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  John Barker,  Eugene Kohn,  Asher Fisch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Passion - The Love Album / Placido Domingo
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 48671 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Nicholas Brodszky,  Jacob Gade,  Francis Lai,  Eduardo Di Capua  ... 
    Performer:  G. Solera,  Peter Horton,  Placido Domingo,  Laszlo Bencker  ... 
    Conductor:  Boris Jojic,  Eugene Kohn,  Bebu Silvetti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Chorus,  VVC Symphonic Orchestra  ... 
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    La Guitarra Del Amor
    Label: Urtext   Catalog: 179 Release Date: 03/30/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carlos Gardel,  Nicholas Brodszky,  Joseph M. Lacalle,  Sammy Fain  ... 
    Performer:  Julio César Oliva
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    Guitar Mosaic: Music For Solo Guitar
    Label: Tom Silver   Catalog: 5637564622 Release Date: 09/22/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Danilo Caymmi,  Henry Mancini,  Luiz Bonfá,  Alfonso Montes  ... 
    Performer:  Tom Silver
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  • 23.
    It Takes Two / Duo Concertante
    Label: Marquis   Catalog: 81401 Release Date: 05/05/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Clifford Crawley,  Giacomo Puccini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Timothy Steeves,  Nancy Dahn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Concertante
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    Filharmonikot Juhlatuulella / Segerstam, Helsinki Philharmonic
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 956 Release Date: 12/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mariano Mores,  Luiz Bonfá,  John Philip Sousa,  Hans Christian Lumbye  ... 
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Moonlight Serenade / Fiedler, Boston Pops
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 35046 Release Date: 12/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mitchell Parish,  Denny Randell,  Pee Wee King,  André Popp  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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