Jobim in symphony opens the 20th CUBADISCO Festival

The excellence, beauty and quality of the work of Tom Jobim, a leading figure of Brazilian popular music during the last century, performed by the Bossa Nova Sinfónico quintet together with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, provided a high degree of distinction to the opening gala of the 20th CUBADISCO International Festival.

The concert, in a packed Covarrubias Hall of the National Theater in Havana, saw performances of eight of the thirteen pieces included in the Bossa Nova Sinfónico’s album Recordando a Antonio C. Jobim, which the instrumentalists and a vocalist, all based in the United States, recorded live with the Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica. In 2014 the album was nominated for a Latin Grammy and won Best CD of the Year at the Brazilian Press Awards, in the United States.

The close-knit quintet, formed by singer Rose Max, guitarist Ramatís Moraes, bassist Jamie Ousley, pianist Michael Orta, and drummer Carlomagno Araya, traveled to the island with the conductor of the original concert, Jeremy Fox, who rehearsed together with the head of the Cuban National Symphony, maestro Enrique Pérez Mesa.

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