Last night, a packed A-Trane jazz club in Berlin hosted a very special musician from Rio de Janeiro and I was one of the lucky ones who got the chance to be there for this great show. Brazilian bossa nova artist Joyce Moreno cherished the crowd, playing and singing with her band the best bits of bossa nova, presenting almost 2 hours of musical brilliance.

Joyce Moreno was an unknown name to me until yesterday although a quick internet search already showed that she’s been active for more than 30 years and that she’s worked with the greats of bossa nova, Tom Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes, the two legends who made people love this genre in the last 50-60 years.

Other members of Joyce’s band were Helio Alves at the piano, Rodolfo Stroeter at the bass, switching between the bass guitar and double bass, and Joyce’s husband Tutty Moreno at the drums. Alongside Joyce Moreno’s beautiful voice and great interpretation of bossa nova bits, Helio Alves’ unorthodox style at the piano and Tutty Moreno’s experience with the drums also contributed to the unforgettable time witnessed by the A-Trane audience.

Joyce started her concert with hits from her early career and her last album Tudo. One can quickly realize the influence of Jobim and de Moraes on her work although several songs tend to go beyond the traditional tones of bossa nova, a feature of her work I really enjoyed. Playing the guitar and singing non-stop, Joyce Moreno continued her concert with some old hits, mainly from Jobim and de Moraes.

The audience obviously had a great musical evening in Berlin last night, calling Joyce Moreno and her band back to the stage twice, trying to listen to couple of more pieces before they get another chance to see her live in the future. I’m already determined to be there again when the time comes.

Category: English, Music

One Response to Bossa nova at its best with Joyce Moreno

  1. Theo says:

    Great article about my compatriot… it seems you really enjoyed the show! Keep it up!

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