Veronica Nunes and Ricardo Vogt give this genre a Brazilian beat
HAVING started their journey with music very young, Brazilian artistes, Veronica Nunes and Ricardo Vogt, pursued different paths before their journeys came together in New York in 2009. Vogt, a guitarist, and Nunes, a singer were part of the New York-based Brazilian band, Brazooka, who decided to record a few songs in the studio for fun and went on to create Pra Fugir da Saudade, their first studio album. The duo come to town with their unique mix of jazz and samba peppered with ‘fresh arrangements of Brazilian classics’.
Your musical journey
Ricardo: I have played music since I can remember and I always enjoyed writing my own songs. In 1993 I won a competition where the winning song was played on Brazilian radio for several years. At 17, I moved to the US as a high school exchange student. A year later, I entered a music school and quickly transferred to Berklee College of Music after being awarded the World Tour Scholarship. There, I met many of the musicians I perform with today, including bassist Esperanza Spalding, with whom I have recorded two albums – Chamber Music Society and Radio Music Society, which won three Grammys.
Veronica: I started singing and playing the piano at a very early age. When I turned 13, I got my first guitar and at 14, joined my first professional reggae band, Mont Zion, in Rio de Janeiro. I studied music at Escola Portatil de Musica, in Rio, where I also learned to play the cavaquinho (Brazilian ukulele). In 2009, I moved to NYC where I started performing as the lead vocalist in Brazooka.
Your distinctive sound
Ricardo: I play a guitar developed by Godin guitars exclusively for us. It is a custom-made, signature series that was built according to our specifications with different tuning and a bass string, called “Multiac Ambiance tuned for Ricardo Vogt.”
Veronica: I play the cavaquinho. It is differently tuned and when both instruments intertwine, they create a very unique sound.
Milton Nascimento, Clara Nunes, Chico Buarque, Baden Powell, Guinga, Tom Jobim.
An intimate evening of Brazilian music. A journey through generations of the style, featuring its most outstanding composers and fresh arrangements of Brazilian classics in our own style.
Beyond the strings
Veronica: I also design jewellery and have my own line, V Nunes.
Playing in India
The Indian audience can feel our music deeply and even sing along – even though they may not understand what we are saying!
April 25 and 26. 9.30 pm. At Whitefield. Tickets (Rs. 500 upwards) at bookmyshow.com