The Chico Buarque Project: Legendary Brazilian Musician’s Songs Receive the English Treatment

Angelo Metz, guitar; Leo Costa, drums. The Chico Buarque Project.

The Chico Buarque Project is coming to Stevie’s Creole Cafe at 16911 Ventura Blvd. in Encino on Sunday, May 15, for a dinner show starting at 6:30 p.m.

A Brazilian national treasure in their own right, Chico’s songs are so much a part of everyday musical life in Brazil that you will find few Brazilians who can’t sing one — or twenty-one — of them. Jobim, Caymmi, de Moraes, Lobo, Toquinho — each of them, and others, has been Chico’s occasional partner in over 40 years of singing and songwriting. Under the leadership of its founder, lyricist and translator Mark McCaffrey, Barking Heart Productions approaches the debut in the U.S. of Chico’s stellar work as a labor of love, respect and musicianship. Accomplished Brazilians Jose Marino, bass, Angelo Metz, guitar, and Leo Costa, percussion, as well as veteran jazz pianist and former Detroiter Gary Blumer, are entrusted with the Brazilian beat and sound. Paul Hefti, Rafa Moreira, Andrea Ferraz and Kana Shimanuki — and here and there McCaffrey himself — give voice to this first venture ever of Chico Buarque-in-English, with liberal pepperings of Portuguese throughout the show.

The language barrier alone has kept Chico Buarque’s richly textured sambas, bossa nova tunes and jazz and pop ballads out of the American experience — until now.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., the show starts at 6:30. Admission is $12.50, $15 at door, plus $15 for food or drink. Tickets are available online at www.barkingheart.com or at (323) 272-6080. Reserve a table at (818) 528-3500.

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