The Essence Of The Song – Rosa Passos Performing Jobim’s Você Vai Ver

by chipboaz on January 12, 2017

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The world’s most natural – and quite possibly first – instrument is the voice and it is often the best way to discover the essence of a song. That’s a fact that’s often taken for granted; we far too often assume that the act of singing simply captures a song. In most cases, that’s not really true. It takes a vocalist that has studied their craft intently, dug deep into important repertoire, and really thought about their own approach. At this point, the singer can find the soul of a song, come to an opinion of their own about the song, and then find a personal way to perform it. When all these pieces are in place, a singer can connect with a piece of music on a completely different level, providing a window into the true heart of the song.

Rosa Passos has long been cherished as a strong interpreter of bossa nova, with good reason – the natural ease of his voice consistently finds the souls of any song. Passos started playing piano when she was 13, but she soon focused on her voice, inspired by popular Brazilian singers João Gilberto and Dorival Caymmi. She found influences from American jazz as well, finding inspiration from vocalists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Shirley Horn, and many more. Passos had many things benefiting her from the get go – perfect pitch, a strong rejection of commercial trends, and a powerful work aesthetic. Through work on television and at music festivals, she began to garner interest in her music, culminating in a win at the Globo Network’s Festival Universitário for her song “Mutilados.” This led to the recording of her first album Recriação, a collaboration with poet Fernando de Oliveira, followed by a second album, Amorosa, a tribute to her hero, Gilberto. Passos continued to record a series of albums, covering a wide spectrum of Brazilian music, garnering praise from some important names like Maria Schneider, Clare Fischer, Paquito D’Rivera, and many more. She has continued performing to the present, touring with Paquito D’Rivera, recording Entre Amigos with Ron Carter, and more. Today’s video features Passos finding the essence of the Jobim song “Você Vai Ver” in a beautiful live performance.

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