Minas

Instrument: Band/orchestra | Location: Philadelphia

Symphony in Bossa takes Brazilian classics to a new height. It is unequivocally on top of my personal list as the best album of 2015!
—Egídio Leitão, MusicaBrasileira.org

Updated: October 3, 2019

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.

Orlando Haddad

Orlando Haddad's outstanding facility as a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter is augmented by his lifelong involvement with Brazilian rhythms and percussion. A native of Lavras, in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, Orlando has been a bandleader almost continuously since the age of 12. As a child growing up in Brazil he studied classical piano and guitar; later he moved to Rio de Janeiro, where he studied at the Villa-Lôbos Institute and pursued private guitar studies.

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“The wonder is that such percussion-based music can be so luxuriously relaxing. In Rio is like an aural massage.” –David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer “Even at its most racing tempo, In Rio maintains its cool; always urbane, sophisticated and contemporary.” –Mary Armstrong, Philadelphia City Paper “Minas is more than a return to the sort of Brazilian music that enjoyed a brief burst of US popularity in the 1960s” –The News and Observer, Raleigh, NC “Haddad and King are succeeding in bringing a new wave of Brazilian music to Philadelphia … the music is hot” –The Philadelphia Inquirer “Minas has dedicated itself to translating all the grace and beauty of Brazil for US audiences” –The Brazilian Music Review, Chicago IL “Minas brings together a wealth of experience with the traditional Brazilian sound spiced with influences from jazz” –Egidio Leitao, Luna Café, Austin, TX

“Quite delightful” –David Heymann, KKUP Santa Clara CA

“Very pretty” –Suzanne Corley, “Tudo Bem”, WWOZ New Orleans

“An excellent peace of work” –Chuck Elliott, WXPN Philadelphia

“It’s your finest release yet

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Primary Instrument

Band/orchestra

Location

Philadelphia

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Credentials/Background

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

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Past Events

Minas Quartet

Deer Head Inn
Delaware Water Gap, PA
7:00 pm