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  • Castaways by date
    Steve Adams
    30 May
    Cheryl Bentyne
    17 Oct
    Will Bernard
    11 Apr
    Barbara Borden
    21 Mar
    Jim Butler
    13 Jun
    Ian Carey
    21 Feb
    Judy Chaikin
    17 Jan
    Mike Clark
    10 Oct
    Freddy Cole
    21 Nov
    Beth Custer
    01 Aug
    Harry Duncan
    03 Oct
    Kai Eckhardt
    03 Jan
    Lisa Engelken
    26 Sep
    Don Friedman
    07 Nov
    Roger Glenn
    05 Dec
    Kimberly Gordon
    28 Mar
    Marty Grosz
    29 Aug
    Alex Hahn
    08 Aug
    Bill Holman
    28 Feb
    Tommy Igoe
    07 Mar
    Namita Kapoor
    22 Aug
      Meklit
    27 Jun
    Lisa Mezzacappa
    24 Oct
      Najee
    25 Jul
    Glenn Richman
    15 Aug
    Alfredo Rodriguez
    25 Apr
    Dan Sabanovich
    02 May
    Grant Stewart
    12 Dec
    Judy Wexler
    04 Apr


    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."