Light and Easy

More than three years after fusing bossa nova with funk, hip-hop, and acid jazz, Rio de Janeiro's jazz-pop sensation Bossacucanova has developed a niche for itself. The trio, comprised of Alexandre Moreira, Marcelinho DaLua, and Márcio Menescal, are inspired by the classic Brazilian sound. In fact Menescal's father is the legendary Roberto, one of the primary architects of bossa nova, who wrote and played guitar on several classic recordings in the late Sixties and Seventies.

But by the late Nineties the young musicians were eager to define themselves. They began blending electronic beats into the mix and playing the revamped results to producers and audiences across the country. In 1999 they released their debut, Revisited Classics; then followed it up with Brasilidade, a collaboration with the elder Menescal, in 2001. This weekend Bossacucanova brings its funky hybrid to Miami alongside guest guitarist Leo Gandoleon and singer Kevyn Lettau.

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