Bossa Nova Benefit
Brasil em Mente, in partnership with the Big Band Brooklyn Jazz Rebellion, Monika Oliveira, Richard Miller, and Eric B. Davis, will host a Bossa Nova Show in benefit of cultural and educational programs. The purposes of the show are to promote a total Brazilian experience that includes authentically Brazilian music, food, drinks and atmosphere. In addition, the organization plans to raise $20,000 to maintain its projects at its new headquarters.
The Brazilian singer Monika Oliveira will make a special appearance at the event singing with the Big Band. Monika Oliveira is a fresh and exciting vocal presence on the New York - Brazilian music scene today. This singer/songwriter was born in Belém/Pará and raised in Rio de Janeiro. She has been living and performing around New York City for over ten years. She combines her love of Brazil’s musical heritage and her love of Jazz into a sultry variation on both – Brazilian Jazz that is at once moving and rhythmic, pure and passionate.
Monika will be accompanied by the guitar players Richard Miller, who holds a PhD in Music Theory and teaches at Columbia University, and Eric Davis, graduate of Julliard and Broadway performer, currently at Matilda.
Brasil em Mente is a cultural organization and the only
Brazilian preschool in America who’s mission is to embrace and
value the Portuguese language. The organization has the
institutional support of the General Consulate of Brazil in New York
and has developed various cultural initiatives. In addition to their
child education programs in which children are immersed in the
language and culture of Brazil, Brasil em Mente (BEM) maintains the
only International Brazilian Children’s Library. With a collection of
more than 1,000 volumes, the library is open to the local
community and sends books through the mail to all states in the
US. The organization maintains an educational blog that discusses
bilingualism and Portuguese as a heritage language, a
multidisciplinary study group, and a publisher. Brasil em Mente also
produces cultural events that celebrate typical festivities and bring
what is best in terms of Brazilian culture.
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