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lf Niemeyer made music, it would sound like this.
Mark Hudson
The Daily Telegraph - UK



The Brazilian songwriter Celso Fonseca breezes through his album, "Rive Gauche Rio" (Six Degrees), lacing his gently plucked bossa novas with crystalline electric piano and whiffs of electronics or simply letting his guitar and voice defy gravity.
Jon Pareles
The New York Times - - 15/05/2005


Celso Fonseca, la Bosse de la bossa
Avec simplicité, le Brésilien continue d 'enrichir le genre....
Edouard Launet
Liberation - France

Celso Fonseca's name becomes even more synonymous with Brazilian music which has one eye on past traditions and another firmly on the future.

Jason Rogers
Tune Tribe.com


Anyone who doubts that Portuguese is the language of love should hear the purring of Celso Fonseca, a singer – guitarrist from Rio who has written some of the more seductive melodies to emerge from Brazil since the death of Jobim.
James Gavin - Time Out NY - 2005




This is a precious little record, purchase it and make you summer evenings spread until they seem endless and enchanted.
KW
Straight no chaser – UK





Celso a la voix la plus sensuelie de Rio. Un timbre à la fois chaud et doux comme la soie. Une voix aussi caressante que ses mélodies, entre bossa, jazz et samba.
E.B.
Elle Magazin (France )

- Many


Discography

“Minha cara “( 1986 ),”O som do sim” ( 1993 ) ,” Sorte” ( 1994), “ Paradiso” ( 1997 ) ,
“ Juventude/Slow motion Bossa Nova” ( which has 3 times Latin Grammy nomination in 2002 ),” Natural”( 2002 - released by Ziriguiboom /
Crammed discs ) , “ Rive Gauche Rio “, ( 2005 – Nominated by The Sunday Times as one of the best 10 albuns of the year ), ” Polaróides” ( 2006 ),
“ Feriado” ( 2007 ) and “ Celso Fonseca ao vivo “ ( Polaróides / EMI ) .

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Instrumentalist,composer,arranger and producer,Celso Fonseca was born in Rio de Janeiro and start to play its first chords when he was quite young,on an acoustic guitar borrowed from his uncle.He openly confesses that it was Baden Powell’s music that led him to play.At age 11 he already played his own guitar,which was a present from his father .

At age 19 after quit the journalist classes at the university,he decided to study music seriously and from then on it was a short step for him to take up the
guitarrist carrer and join Gilberto Gil’s band.

Besides that,Celso Fonseca has played as a sideman and recorded with the
greatest artists from Brazilian Music,such as:Milton Nascimento,Djavan,Caetano
Veloso,Gal Costa,Chico Buarque de Holanda,Marisa Monte,Bebel Gilberto,
JoãoBosco,JorgeBenjor,ElzaSoares,AdrianaCalcanhotto,VirginiaRodrigues,Vinicius Cantuaria,among many others. He took more than twenty international tours in
countless festivals in Europe,US,Canada and Japan.

As a producer,the highligts are his works in albuns like Gil’s “O eterno Deus
Mu dança”, Gal Costa’s “Aquele frevo axé “,the albuns “Sol Negro”and “Nós”,of the singer from Bahia, Virginia Rodrigues,the two first albuns of singer Daude,
the album “Lisboa/Rio” of the master instrumentalist from Portugal,António
Chainho,the album “Sabia” of japanese singer Chie and many others works on albuns of artists like Daniela Mercury,Clara Moreno,Paula Morelenbaum,,Adriana Maciel ,etc
In 1999 Celso won with Gil and band the Grammy Award of best World Music
Album with the album “Quanta Live”.

As a songwriter,he has written many songs recorded by Caetano Veloso,
Gal Costa,Gilberto Gil,Milton Nascimento,Carlinhos Brown,Maria Bethania,
Vinicius Cantuaria,Daniela Mercury, Clara Moreno, Bossacucanova, Daude,António Chainho,Nana Caymmi ,etc

Celso has ten critically acclaimed solo albuns: “Minha cara “( 1986 ),
”O som do sim” ( 1993 ) ,” Sorte” ( 1994), “ Paradiso” ( 1997 ) ,
“ Juventude/Slow motion Bossa Nova” ( which has 3 times Latin Grammy nomination in 2002 ),” Natural”( 2002 - released by Ziriguiboom /
Crammed discs ) , “ Rive Gauche Rio “, ( 2005 – Nominated by The Sunday Times as one of the best 10 albuns of the year ), ” Polaróides” ( 2006 ),
“ Feriado” ( 2007 ) and “ Celso Fonseca ao vivo “ ( Polaróides / EMI ) .

He had just released his first Live DVD, with special guests : Gilberto Gil,
Ana Carolina,Roberta Sá and his 17 years old son ,João Pedro Fonseca on guitar.

Celso Fonseca has been touring the world with his band playing a lot of
Concerts in Europe,US and Japan.
Also he was the second brazilian artist to be on “Later with Jools” the acclaimed music show on BBC.