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    21 Jun
    Jim Harrington

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    Maria Schneider

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    Jessica Williams

    Peter Williams

    Michael Wolff

    Francis Wong

    Most Recent Castaway - 12th April, 2019
    Claudia Villela (2019)

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    (Photo by Aloizio Jordao)

    Pianist, singer, composer and arranger Claudia Villela comes to the Bay Area from her native Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    Claudia's voice is an incredibly flexible instrument, and she sings with an achingly pure tone. She has a great imagination to accompany it, too, choosing from her sonic palate of brass instruments, various bird calls, rushing water and rustling wind.

    Claudia has worked with Toots Thielmans, Michael Brecker, Toninho Horta, Kenny Werner, Romero Lubambo, and many others.

    Shortly before Christmas 2017, just as Claudia was about to return from a vacation back home, an electrical fire swept through her family's Rio apartment, destroying her passport, computer, piano, and family mementos. She was lucky to survive, escaping with burns to her hands and feet, and suffering smoke inhalation. But, thankfully, she still had her voice, and she was back performing, and healing—both inside and out—by the end of the following month.

    Claudia's most release is a retrospective of live dates, "Encantada Live".
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Chick Corea Mad Hatter The Woods Polydor
    # 2 Milton Nascimento and Lô Borges Clube da Esquina Cais World Pacific
    # 3 Milton Nascimento Anima Evocação das Montanhas Polygram
    # 4 Bill Evans and Toots Thielemans Affinity I Do It for Your Love Warner Bros
    # 5 Elis Regina and Antonio Carlos Jobim Elis & Tom Só Tinha de Ser Com Você Verve
    # 6 Milton Nascimento A Barca dos Amantes Amor de Indio Verve
    # 7 Antonio Carlos Jobim Symphonic Jobim Matita Palê Adventure Music
    # 8 Egberto Gismonti Trio ZigZag Forrobodó ECM
             
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    Luxury Item "A house with a studio and a Bösendorfer."