Milton Nascimento

Milton Nascimento

Milton Nascimento

Selected performance:
Friday 25th January - Saturday 26th January

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LINEUP CONFIRMED - Lincoln Cheib - drums, Kiko Continentino - Piano, Wilson Lopes - guitars, Gastão Villeroy - bass (TBC: Widor Santiago - sax)

Milton Nasciemento - legendary brazilian singer-songwriter and guitarist, appears for 4 shows over 2 nights...

“His melodies are extraordinary.  They’re unique.  Milton Nascimento is most likely the greatest Brazilian songwriter since Jobim/Gil  Paul Simon

“The word inventive can’t describe him as well as the world original can.  For he is on his own, a movement” Caetano Veloso

“If God sang, he would do it with Milton’s voice”  Elis Regina

“Milton is a brilliant composer; he has one of the most amazing voices I have ever heard.  His melodies are of a simplicity that just hit the core of your heart”  Herbie Hancock.

“Milton has this magnanimity, this vibe of a soul that knows it’s big.”  Gilberto Gil

By the age of two, Milton Nascimento was hammering on a piano at his grandparent’s home in his native Brazil.  By six, he would spend hours on the front porch playing accordion and harmonica using his voice to replace missing notes.  By nineteen he had written his first song, then, a few years later, Brazilian pop singer Elis Regina would record one of his songs opening the door to becoming one of Brazils most celebrated singer songwriters.

Today, Nascimento is an international star touching audiences all over the world.  His compositions, particularly those on the 1974 album Native Dancer collaboration with Wayne Shorter - remain an influence on many of today’s musicians including Esperanza Spalding. He has written and recorded a stunning 28 albums, and has worked with and appeared on albums with artist such as Paul Simon, Quincy Jones , Pat Metheny, Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, and Peter Gabriel.

Like any true jazz and pop veteran, Nascimento has a deep need to challenge himself, vocally, lyrically, and stylistically. Whatever he writes and sings about, be it the planet, ways of living, and loving and dying, his music always carries an eternally optimistic spirit. Whether he's packing a stadium in Brazil or singing at a club in New York, his experienced stage persona allows his audience to feel as if they're in his living room, so it is with great excitement that Ronnie Scott’s welcomes Milton Nascimento to perform his Ronnie’s debut for two nights in January.

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Born in Rio de Janeiro, at the age of 2 Milton Nascimento moved with his adoptive parents to Três Pontas, in the State of Minas Gerais. Despite the fact that Milton is originally from Rio de Janeiro, he was one of the musicians responsible for promoting the popular music from Minas Gerais. Endowed with an extraordinary voice, Nascimento started his music career at the age of 13, singing as a crooner, a singing style he returned to on his 1999 CD "Crooner". In his teens, he joined the group Luar de Prata with Wagner Tiso, whose mother taught piano notions. Nascimento worked on Rádio Três Pontas as a DJ, announcer and director. In 1963 and 1964, he played in the group W's Boys, whose members’ names all started with W: Wagner (Tiso), Waltinho, Wilson and Wanderley, which caused Milton to temporarily change his name to "Wilton". 

Later on, Nascimento moved to Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais, to do a degree course in Economics. There, he met with musicians who would became his long-term music partners, such as Márcio Borges, his brother Lô Borges and Fernando Brant. In Belo Horizonte, Nascimento played in several bands and in 1965 he moved to Rio de Janeiro, recording with the group Sambacana. In 1966 and 67, Nascimento took part in music festivals; his song "Travessia" (co-written by Fernando Brant) was placed second at a festival and Milton won an award for best performer. In that same year, Milton recorded his first album, and in 1968, on a trip to the U.S., he recorded the album "Courage". 

In the years to follow, Nascimento recorded some of his most popular works: "Milton", "Minas", "Gerais" "Milagre dos Peixes" and the two volumes of "Clube da Esquina", which launched several musicians from Minas Gerais, like Lô Borges, Beto Guedes, Toninho Horta, Wagner Tiso, Nivaldo Ornellas, Nelson Ângelo, Tavito and others. In the 70's, some of his songs were censored by the military regime and he made other albums in the U.S. with Airto Moreira, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and others. 

Milton Nascimento is regarded as one of the greatest Brazilian pop singers both in Brazil and abroad. Nascimento is also an outstanding composer who has influenced generations of musicians. 

In 1998, Milton's album "Nascimento" won a Grammy for best World Music Record of the Year. 

Nascimento recorded some of his most popular works: "Milton", "Minas", "Gerais" "Milagre dos Peixes" and the two volumes of "Clube da Esquina", which launched several musicians from Minas Gerais, like Lô Borges, Beto Guedes, Toninho Horta, Wagner Tiso, Nivaldo Ornellas, Nelson Ângelo, Tavito and others. In the 70's, some of his songs were censored by the military regime and he made other albums in the U.S. with Airto Moreira, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and others. 

Milton Nascimento is regarded as one of the greatest Brazilian pop singers both in Brazil and abroad. Nascimento is also an outstanding composer who has influenced generations of musicians. 

In 1998, Milton's album "Nascimento" won a Grammy for best World Music Record of the Year. 

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Milton Nascimento is regarded as one of the greatest Brazilian pop singers both in Brazil and abroad. Nascimento is also an outstanding composer who has influenced generations of musicians. 

In 1998, Milton's album "Nascimento" won a Grammy for best World Music Record of the Year. 

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