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Ivan Lins, Carioca and Tijucano, is a musician and composer known for his numerous recordings throughout the world, for his distinctive harmonies and for his refined and popular arrangements.
He spent part of his childhood in the United States and his early influences have long since come. On his return to Brazil he had contact with the great interpreters and the songs of the time, besides the fado that he listened in the house of his grandparents. Later jazz and Brazilian music, especially bossa nova, would add to this melting pot of influences. To the 18 years, already university student of chemistry, adopts the piano like its instrument and initiates the race of composer. His compositions, with a different harmonic construction, harmonizations and unusual connections in Brazilian music in the 70's, make him a respected artist among musicians from all over the world.
Ivan also had countless hits as a singer and composer, among them "Madalena" (released by the unforgettable Elis Regina), "Abre Alas", "We Are All Equals That Night", "Start Over Again", "Dinorah, Dinorah" "Aiaiaiaiai", "Victorious", "Vieste", "Remember me", "It depends on us", "New Time", "My Country", among others.
His work has been renewed through the years, always bringing new musical values ??and aggregated ideals, without ever losing its authorial brand, its DNA and its originality. From the 80's, his work has a great international repercussion, mainly in the United States, where he was and is recorded by great artists like Sarah Vaughan, Quincy Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae, George Benson, Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, Manhattan Transfer , Take 6, New York Voices, Sting, Diana Krall and Barbara Streisand.
At the same time he began a work of composition of fados, music that made part of his life intensely with the coexistence of his Portuguese grandparents. In 77 he composed and recorded his first fado, simply called "A Fado". This song became the first fado recorded by a Portuguese artist, in the wonderful interpretation of Carlos do Carmo, who would record another 4 fados of his own. Afterwards he had songs recorded by Mariza, Antônio Zambujo, Maria João Quadros and more recently by Cuca Rosetta.
His work and his musical themes are present in several tracks for the cinema and for the TV. With Vitor Martins he composed many of his hits, but his melodies also serve as a basis for lyricists and poets such as Caetano Veloso, Dudu Falcão, Lia Luft, Elisa Lucinda, Paulo César Pinheiro, Celso Viáfora, Ronaldo Monteiro, Abel Silva, Martinho da Vila , Aldir Blanc, Chico Buarque, Moska, Nei Lopes, Chico César and Salgado Maranhão.
In 2005 he recorded the CD and DVD "Singing Stories" where he rescues great successes of his career with new arrangements and with the participation of several guests, which gave him a disc and a gold DVD in Brazil and two Latin Grammys: the best Brazilian disc and best record of the year, the highest prize of that academy, to this day never received by another Portuguese-speaking artist. It is worth remembering that in 1981, the song "Dinorah, Dinorah" also won a Grammy for best instrumental jazz arrangement with the recording of George Benson; in 1982 the song "Velas" received the same award with the recording of Quincy Jones and in 2004 Sting won the Grammy for best pop vocalist with "She Walks This Earth" of his own.
In 2009 he won another Latin Grammy with his album "Ivan Lins & The Metropole Orchestra", recorded with this Dutch orchestra and with arrangements and regency of Vince Mendonza, great name of the world music, invited by the Uruguayan guitarist Leonardo Amuedo, the singer Trijintje Oosterhuis, saxophonist Stefano Di Batista and Portuguese singer Paulo de Carvalho. This project is a complement to a long history of presentations realized by Ivan Lins with symphonic orchestras, of cameras, jazz and big bands.
In 2011 he was chosen by a FIFA World Jury to present himself at the key draw event for the 2014 World Cup, which was broadcast worldwide. In November he received the Edison Prize in Holland, the highest award in Dutch music, in recognition of his contribution to world music.
Ivan Lins is today one of the most internationally recorded Brazilian composers, until that time one of the most accomplished artists abroad, with several tours and international projects. In 2012 alone, it had 5 phonographic projects launched simultaneously, all over the world. A CD in Spain, with his works translated into Spanish, with Alejandro Sanz, Jorge Drexler, La Mari, Pedro Guerra and Carlos Varela as guests; a CD in Italy in partnership with the band IventaRio and with guests such as Vanessa na Matta, Chico Buarque, Maria Gadú, Bungaro, Petra Mangoni and Maria Pia de Vitto; a CD in Germany in partnership with the SWR Big Band; a CD released in Japan.
In 2012 he also released a CD of unpublished in Brazil, called "Amorágio", a title inspired by a poem by Salgado Maranhão and brings some of the representatives of the new generation, such as Maria Gadú, Pedro Luiz, Tatiana Parra and the Portuguese Antônio Zambujo .
In 2015 Ivan completed his 70 years of life and 45 years of career, releasing a CD called "America Brazil". In this CD he rewrites old songs that did not have the deserved prominence of the media and songs of his own that were recorded only by performers and not by himself. This work has the format "homemade" since he and another musician, the keyboardist Marco Brito, make all the arrangements and play all the instruments.
Ivan Lins continues being Carioca and Brazilian, making his songs inspired in his city and in his country and for that reason, more and more universal. His work has led him to play in the four corners of the world, be accompanied by great local musicians, participating in festivals or playing with great orchestras and bands. In all the situations and places where he presents himself, he takes with him the genuinely Brazilian music, the best image of his country.