Posted by: ronclegg | September 5, 2009



I recorded this live performance of Guinga and Harvey Wainapel with their permission, of course. . (recorded at Casa de Cultura in Berkeley, CA). This is a remarkable pairing of the master brazilian composer/guitarist with the excellent woodwinds artist Harvey Wainapel. Harvey knows Guinga’s music inside/out, speaks fluent Portuguese, and of course speaks fluent “Guinga” enabling breathtaking musical conversations… a meeting of like minds sparking a musical creativity of rare beauty, soul, and spirit. An amazing performance…. Here is the beautiful lively cut entitled Di Menor

Click to hear Guinga and Harvey:

02 Di Menor

Guinga is regarded as a world-class musician and an influential force in the Brazilian music scene.
Since his first album, “Simples e Absurdo”, released through Velas in 1991, Guinga has
had illustrious collaborations with Chico Buarque, Leny Andrade, Aldir Blanc, Leila
Pinheiro, Sergio Mendez and many others. “Suíte Leopoldina” released in the US in
May 2000 was voted the best Brazilian Music CD of the year by music critics.
Guinga creates music that doesn’t age, eternally beautiful and profoundly true.
Guinga is described as the greatest living Brazilian composer of this generation. Critics
and colleagues place Guinga in the exclusive pantheon of Brazilian music gods along
with Villa-Lobos, Tom Jobim and Egberto Gismonti.
“Guinga is like Villa-Lobos meets Cole Porter.” says Sérgio Mendes
“Seeing Guinga perform is one in a hundred years opportunity.” said Gismonti.
“I wanted to exchange my universe for his.” said Paco de Lucia.

Discography: “Simples e Absurdo” (Velas 1991), “Delírio Carioca” (Velas 1993), “Cheio
de Dedos” (Velas 1996), “Suíte Leopoldina” (Velas 1999), “Cine Baronesa” (Velas 2001),
“Noturno Copacabana” (Velas 2003), “Graffiando Vento” (with Gabriele Mirabassi
(EGEA 2004), Casa de Villa (Biscoito Fino 2007)

His compositions are often harmonically and rhythmically complex yet melodically accessible and emotionally resonant.

During the 1970s, Guinga accompanied famous singers such as Beth Carvalho and João Nogueira and recorded with samba legends Cartola and Clara Nunes. He also began a fertile songwriting partnership with the poet and lyricist Paulo Cesar Pinheiro. Their songs were recorded by important artists like Elis Regina, Nelson Gonçalves, Miúcha, Clara Nunes, and Michel Legrand.

His music career took off in earnest in 1990, when Ivan Lins and Vitor Martins formed the Velas label in order to release Guinga’s first album, with a repertoire of songs he co-authored with lyricist Aldir Blanc.

Saxophonist/clarinetist Harvey Wainapel has performed with the likes of McCoy Tyner, Joe Lovano, Joe Henderson, Ray Charles and Johnny Coles. Besides working with these and numerous other leaders,Wainapel has toured extensively under his own name, and has performed in 20 countries. His heavy involvement with the music of Brazil has led to performances with masters of the genre such as Guinga, Dori Caymmi, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, , Jovino Santos Neto, Nelson Ayres, Laercio de Freitas and Manfredo Fest.



  1. That’s a wonderful recording you made of Guinga and Harvey Wainapel. I hadn’t heard Harvey’s playing before – he sounds great. And thanks for the comment on my blog – it’s nice to connect with another Guinga fan. I discovered his music when I was reviewing CDs for a newspaper and started getting discs from Velas. What ever happened to Velas?

  2. Great recording! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Great site, I will be back. Well done

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