Orlando Haddad and Patricia King formed Minas in 1978 at North Carolina School of the Arts to bring Brazilian music to stateside audiences. They proceeded to play all over the eastern US before going back to their musical roots in Brazil, where they entertained, traveled extensively and recorded their first album, Num Dia Azul.
Today Minas is one of the most sought after Brazilian bands in the United States. Minas is built upon the duo's multiple talents as vocalists, instrumentalists and composers with an impressive grasp of the whole range of Brazilian musical idioms.
At the core of any Minas show are the voices of the duo, which reflects two decades of vocal and instrumental blending. Warm and engaging, this magical sound becomes infectious when Minas adds bass, drums, percussion and horns to Orlando's guitar and Patricia's keyboards. One can experience Minas in a variety of formats, intimately, as a duo or trio, and in exciting venues with larger ensembles up to orchestra and Big Band arrangements. Orlando and Patricia have been composing original material together since the moment of their first meeting in 1974. Their recorded material consists exclusively of originals. ...
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Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
University Clinics: Orlando Haddad, professor at Philadelphia's University of the Arts, performer, recording artist and native Brazilian, conducts clinics at university settings for all levels of understanding in Brazilian music. Brazilian music and culture will be presented in depth, with opportunities to include students in ensembles focusing on samba percussion, or ensembles comprised of rhythm section, horns, and singers. Orlando will bring arrangements of Brazilian standards and originals in the styles of samba, chôro, bossa nova, baião, as well as other less-known styles from Brazil. In past clinics, Orlando has worked with students focusing on Brazilian rhythms, and coached singers in Brazilian singing-style and Portuguese diction. Orchestral and Big Band arrangements are also available for large ensembles, and optional guests-artists for larger events. School Programs: Orlando and Patricia are available for assembly programs as well as residencies in schools. Their programs "Minas, Music of Brazil" and "Brazilian Adventure" have been very successful and popular with school kids for over 10 years. On the roster of Musicopia (formerly Strings for Schools), PAEP, and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Minas' programs have been seen by over 250,000 students.