• 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.
  • Compositions
  • Minas owns its own sound. Taking Brazilian music into different compositional realms, Minas creates a sound that is imaginative, evocative and intimate. Between the vocals of Orlando and Patricia, founded on piano and acoustic guitar, augmented by expert ensemble players, one experiences a musical landscape of subtle and complex beauty. (see Orlando’s bio to hear example of 20th Century composition)
  • Performance Highlights
  • Lincoln Center, SOB’s (NYC), Kennedy Center (Washington DC), Mellon Jazz Festival, Academy of Music, International House, Painted Bride Arts Center (Philadelphia), Merriam Theater (Minas with orchestra and big band), Ocean City Pops, and numerous concert series and jazz venues.
  • TV and Radio
  • Emeril Live”, Food Network; Interviews on Fresh Air and Radio Times (NPR); Sounds of Brazil with Sergio Mielniczenko (KPFK/PRI) Trem Azul with Milton Nascimento (syndicated in Brazil), many interviews with WXPN, WRTI, WHYY (3 of Philadelphia’s NPR affiliates), Voice of America, and other stations. Minas CDs have been playing on public and commercial radio throughout North America.

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