Paula & Jaques Morelenbaum
and Fred Martins


The concert is a memorable meeting between singer Paula Morelenbaum, cellist, composer, arranger and producer Jaques Morelenbaum and guitar player, singer and composer Fred Martins.

It is not the first time that Jaques and Fred have worked together, however, the meeting between Fred and Paula is very recent and took place in Portugal. The concert also features the participation of drummer Marcio Dhiniz. From this meeting in this first concert in Portugal, the excitement of developing a repertoire that brings together classics by Brazilian authors such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Caetano Veloso, João Donato, Chico Buarque, Nelson Cavaquinho, as well as original songs by Fred and Jaques, arises. They make a mix of Bossa-Nova, Samba and MPB (Brazilian Popular Music), each contributing their own style, which makes this meeting unique. The concert presents some nuances; there are times when instrumental music will be heard, at other times, Paula will be singing, at other times, Fred will be singing and for most of the concert, everyone will be together. Songs like “A Rã”, by João Donato and Caetano Veloso; “Coração Vagabundo” and “Cajuína”, by Caetano Veloso; “Waters of March” and “A Felicidade”, by A. C. Jobim, “A Filha da Porta Bandeira” and “Doceamargo” by Fred Martins and Maracatuesday by Jaques, will be played during the concert, with special arrangements

Paula Morelenbaum
For ten years Paula Morelenbaum  participated in Antonio Carlos Jobim’s   brilliant “Nova Banda”, where she made   numerous appearances in recordings and   concerts throughout Brazil and the world,   with the maestro. After the end of the  band’s  activities, Paula continued exploring  the classic repertoire of Jobim + Vinicius   and other Bossa Nova masters. In 2001, his  career gained international recognition with  the highly acclaimed trio Morelenbaum2/ Sakamoto, pairing Paula and Jaques  Morelenbaum with prominent Japanese  composer and pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto,  with the albums “Casa”, “Live in Tokyo” and “A day in New York”. Since then, there have been 7 more albums, some nominated for  important awards, including the Latin  Grammy. In addition to her solo albums,  Paula also participated in albums by other  artists, such as Ivan Lins, Caetano Veloso, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Goro Ito and Nick  Nightfly, among others, and two albums  alongside German musicians Joo Kraus and  Ralf Schmid, with whom she has a trio  called Bossarenova Trio. Of the countless  presentations around the world, the  following stand out: Carnegie Hall, New  York; at the ‘New Morning’ Jazz Club in  Paris, France; at Blue Note – in Tokyo, Japan, Java Jazz Festival, with the Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra in Georgia, at Teatro Manzoni and Unicredit Pavillion
in Milan, at Philarmonie Luxembourg, among others.

Jaques Morelenbaum
Cellist, arranger, composer, producer and  musical director Jaques Morelenbaum is a  central figure in Brazilian music. Known  worldwide for his participation in albums  and concerts by Tom Jobim, Caetano  Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Marisa Monte, Gal  Costa, Sting, David Byrne, Mariza, Cesária  Évora, Henri Salvador and Ryuichi  Sakamoto, among others. Morelenbaum has won two Grammys, composed soundtracks  for films, as “Central Station” by Water  Salles, between others and directed  important Symphony Orchestras. In  addition to these collaborations, Jaques has two solo albums, “Saudade do Futuro e  Futuro da Saudade” and “Flôr do Milênio”.

Fred Martins
Standout among Brazilian artists of his  generation, as stated by Manuel Halpern,  one of Portugal’s main music critics;  “Perhaps it is one of the most hidden  treasures of current Brazilian music”. With eight albums released, his compositions  were also edited and performed by Adriana Calcanhoto, Ney Matogrosso, Maria Rita,  Zélia Duncan, MPB4, Joana Amendoeira  and Susana Travassos, among others. Fred  Martins’ songs are also part of the  soundtracks of Rede Globo soap operas and series. His most recent album is called  “Ultramarino”, which featured the  participation of Jaques Morelenbaum and  musical production Hector Castillo (winner  of four Grammy Awards and collaborator of David Bowie, Björk, Lou Reed and Philip  Glass, between others). Fred also  participated in several international music  festivals, such as “Sicilia Jazz Festival”, “Umbria Jazz”, “Padova Jazz Festival”, “Jazz & Image” (Italy), “Dias da Música”, “Minha Lisboa” and “Vila Real Summer Festival”  (Portugal), “Música dos Três Continentes” (Russia), “Lula World Festival (Canada),  “Festival TenSamba” (Canary Islands), “Sete Sóis Sete Luas” (Cape Verde), Cantos na  Maré ( Spain). Fred was in New York last  month, when he performed alongside Joana  Amendoeira at Central Park’s  Summerstage,  in the first part of Marisa Monte’s concert.


Touring periods/avails

– July 2024