Cristina Braga

Cristina Braga

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Brazilian Music, many different rhythms, played on harp, bass and drums. Cristina sings in a soft voice several bossa-nova classics, improvises on the harp and also presents compositions of her own.

Biography

Cristina Braga

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Harpist and Singer

Cristina Braga has been consolidating her career as one of the most important harpists of Brazil. Working with various styles of both Classical and Popular music, she collects a total of ten recorded works, two of them also released in the USA. She also performs regularly as soloist with many Symphony Orchestras, has won several prizes and is currently principal harpist at the Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro Symphony Orchestra.

From 1990 until 1993 she was a member of the Board of Directors of the World Harp Congress, and made several tournées in Europe, besides concerts in Israel and USA. She studied with Acácia Brazil at the “Escola de Música da UFRJ” (Rio de Janeiro Federal University) – where she graduated with a Gold Medal Award, and Susann MacDonald at Indiana University EUA.

In 2002 she was re-elected as director of the WHC-Geneva, organizing a workshop on brazilian rhythms on the harp and performing in a show at the prestigious Victoria Hall. She also performed in Zurich and Montreux, allways with outstanding recognition from the audiences. She was also the first harpist from latin america to teach and perform at the Munique Music School, invited by Prof. Helga Storck.

In Brazil Cristina has been to a large extent responsible for spreading out the posssibilities of her instrument, with works that show no fronteers for harp playing. She was the first harpist to record a samba CD in which the harp is responsible for the whole harmonic base (O Mundo é um Moinho, Sambas of Noel Rosa and Cartola – OPUS 5, 1992). She also played with the rock band “Os Titãs”, in the recording and show “Acústico”, thus emphasizing the presence of her instrument also on the so-called “pop” music segment.

Since 2003 she has been the organizer of the “Festival Vale do Café”, a festival of music, history and nature, in the mountains of the south of the state of Rio de Janeiro. In 2006 the festival included the 5th Latin-American Harp Festival, with musicians from all over Latin-America.

Cristina has also performed with many leading brazilian singers such as Nara Leão, Angela Maria, Peri Ribeiro, Moreira da Silva, Os Titãs, Zizi Possi, Lenine, Ana Carolina, Marisa Monte, Quarteto em Cy among others.

Lyrics

COVE

Written By: Cristina Braga / Eugene Friesen

Just listen to me now, please
In this old song,
For where we are there is no wind to sail
And if we anchor in our fears
Silence will be strong
Music disappears
I learned it on my own...

But if you take me in your arms
I’m always safe,
This ocean is just a tear floating away
We both can still row upstream
Somewhere we’ll find the wind we need.
There’s no beauty without end (1a vez)
Your eyes understand what I say my love, I can see

Palma

Written By: Cristina Braga / Ricardo Medeiros

I will not make through
If you leave me alone my love
Stay with me
Stay aqui

I finally could find my heart inside your hand
And I won’t allow you to go
Please stay aqui
You are my love
You are my dream

Discography

Recordings

1 – Introducing OPUS 5 (1989) – IMC Records
Released only in the USA, with original compositions, extensively sold in this
country.

2 – O Mundo é um Moinho (OPUS 5) (1992) – Imagem
Exclusively sambas and songs of Noel Rosa and Cartola, the harp showing for
the first time characteristic brazilian rhythmic and harmonic elements.

3 – Clássicos bem Temperados (OPUS 5) (1994) – Albatroz
The group OPUS 5, allways entirely dedicated for popular music, was invited by producer Roberto Menescal to record classical themes with a brazilian “swing”.

4 – Alianças (with Marcus Llerena-guitar) (1996) – Visom
Special arrangementes for this highly original duo

5 – Feliz Natal (1997) – Visom
Instrumental, with renowned Christmas tunes, with the instrument which best represents this particular time of the year. Also released in the USA (Merry Christmas)

6 – Bambu (Bambu) (1998) – CPC Umes
The quartet presents tunes from the brazilian folklore with modern arrangements, together with some original compositions.

7 – Natal Brasileiro (with Celine Imbert-soprano) (1998) – Visom
Brazilian as well as international Christmas songs

8 – Mais Perto Quero Estar (with Marcelo Bomfim-flute) (1999)
Rearranged old religious hymns

9 – Diga Aonde Vai (Bambu) (2000) – CPC Umes
Renowned as well as new composers in innovative arrangements, mixing the
harp with very typical brazilian percussion.

10 – Espelho Dágua (2001) – Visom
Exclusively instrumental work dedicated to the style known as “New Age”, presenting only original compositions. Released in Japan (“Water Mirror”) in 2002.

11 – Cortejo (2006) – Independent
For the first time Cristina acts also as a singer and composer. Most part of the titles are compositions of her, and the old brazilian “Jongo”, an African rhythm from which the samba derived, also appears.

11 – Paisagem (2007) – Biscoito Fino
For the first time Cristina acts also as a singer and composer. Most part of the titles are compositions of her, and the old brazilian “Jongo”, an African rhythm from which the samba derived, also appears.

Set List

Cristina Sings:
Triste (Tom Jobim)
Valsinha (Chico Buarque/Vinícius de Moraes)
Retrato em Branco e Preto (Tom Jobim/Chico Buarque) - Zingaro
Agua de Beber (Tom Jobim/Vinícius de Morase)
Aguas de Março (Tom Jobim) - Waters of March
Inútil Paisagem (Tom Jobim/Aloysio de Oliveira)
Girl Form Ipanema (Tom Jobim/Vinícius de Moraes)

Instrumental tunes:
Baião Malandro (Egberto Gismonti)
Canto do Cisne Negro (Villa-Lobos)
Trenzinho do Caipira (Villa-Lobos)
Black Orpheus (Luís Bonfá/Antonio Maria)

Original Compositions:
Cove (Cristina Braga/Eugene Friesen)
Palma (Cristina Braga/Ricardo Medeiros)

Typical duration - 70 min.