On a par with
"Trampolin." A wonderful range of arrangements, giving each piece a unique feel.
The most common impression might be described as 'haunting' or 'ethereal', but
some numbers range into Satie-like humor or old-world nostalgia. Melodies have
surprising turns as do harmonic progressions. Easy to like on the first
listening but interesting enough to last. A beautiful voice paired with good
song selection and creative arrangements. --an Amazon
Rodolfo Stroeter, Naná Vasconcelos,
Paulo Bellinati, Lelo Nazario, Teco Cardoso
Baden Powell & Vinícius De Moraes
interpretations of Baden Powell & Vinicius
songs in collaboration with Paulo Bellinati
About Monica Salmaso
Born in São Paulo
has surfaced as one of the best young voices among the
new talents of Brasil. She started her musical career
singing in a "comedy" directed by the award winning Gabriel Villela.
Besides her music studies in São Paulo, Mônica has recorded and performed with
important Brazilian artists like Edu Lobo, Eduardo Gudin, José Miguel Wisnik,
Marlui Miranda, Guinga, Nelson Ayres and the Jazz Symphonic Orchestra of São
Paulo. She was one of the soloists on the album
CANÇÕES DE NINAR by Paulo Tatit and Sandra Peres. The CD won Brasil's "Prêmio
Sharp - 95" as Best Recording for Children.
In 1995 she recorded AFRO SAMBAS, a voice and guitar album, arranged and
produced by Brazilian guitarist Paulo Bellinati. The CD premiered the complete
Afro-Sambas by Baden Powell and Vinícius de Moraes, including the famous
Berimbau and Consolação; released in US and Europe by GSP (Guitar Solo
Publication) Records. In the same year, recorded with
Paulo Bellinati the song "A Felicidade" by Tom Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes for
one Brazilian Jobim's song book by Lumiar Records.
In 1997, she was nominated for Prêmio Sharp - 97 as Best New Singer on Brazilian
Popular Music with the CD AFRO SAMBAS. In 1998 she
recorded her first solo CD TRAMPOLIM - Pau Brasil Music (in Brazil) and
Bluejackel Records (in USA) produced by Rodolfo Stroeter. The cd features some
of the most creative musicians in Brazilian contemporary music such as Nana
Vasconcelos, Teco Cardoso, Paulo Bellinati, among others.
In May of 1999, Monica Salmaso won the Visa-Mastercard-Eldorado Prize for best
singer in Brazil among 1.200 contestants, all over the country.
Also in 1999 Mônica was awarded “best singer” from Brazil
by APCA – (Associação Paulista dos Críticos de Arte), and it is
particularly important as it is given by a poll of the most important Brazilian
--Monica Salmaso website