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Milton Nascimento was born in 1942 in Rio de Janeiro. At the age of two, his adoptive parents, both white, brought him to Tr?s Pontas, a small town in the state of Minas Gerais. His mother, Lilia, a housewife, had once sung in a choir conducted by Villa Lobos, the Brazilian modernist composer. She also used to sing at local festivals, accompanied by Milton. Nacimento?s father, Josino, had a passion for electronics. He was a mathematics teacher and one time ran the local radio station, where the young Milton occasionally served as DJ.

A self-taught musician who liked to hear music and play guitar in the kitchen beside a warm firewood stove, Milton Nascimento learned from the snippets of music he heard on the radio growing up in Tr?s Pontas. The area is a stronghold of Catholicism in Brazil, and the church-like harmonies that inform so much of the singer's music began here.

When he was 19, the young singer moved to the capital Belo Horizonte, where he began performing in clubs. After years of club dates and festivals-and the later notoriety he gained via his association with Regina-he recorded his first album Travessia (Bridges). When he was nineteen, Nascimento moved to the state capital, Belo Horizonte, singing whenever and wherever he could, finally gaining wider exposure when the legendary pop singer Elis Regina recorded his "Can??o do Sal" in ?66. With his appearance at Brazil?s Internacional Song Festival the following year, and his rendition of "Travessia (Bridges), " with lyrics by Fernando Brant, Milton?s musical career was effectively launched.

In 1972, with poet/lyricists Marcio Borges, Fernando Brant and Ronaldo Bastos and other friends including L? Borges and Beto Guedes, Milton Nascimento recorded Clube da Esquina (Street-corner Club). The double-album spawned hit singles, notably "Cravo e Canela" (Clove and Cinnamon), "Cais"(Dock), and "Nada Ser? Como Antes" (Nothing will be As It Was), which are still being recorded by Brazil?s pop superstars more than twenty years late.

In the mid 70s, Nascimento hooked up creatively with the iconic American jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter. The recordings they made together-most notably, the stunning 1975 Nascimento classic Native Dancer- brought the Brazilian into the American marketplace and consciousness; fans and critics alike remarked at the time that Nascimento was more comfortable phrasing in the sideways swim of his native Portuguese than in up-and-down English. Shorter later reunited with the singer on Nascimento's Grammy-nominated 1993 Warner Bros. date Angelus.

Over the years he has recorded many solo albums. Among the other highlights from his extensive, globally bestselling catalog are A Brazilian Love Affair, a collaboration with George Duke (1980); his Top Ten jazz album Encontros E Despedidas (1986); his Top Ten World Music album Txai (1991); the Grammy nominated 0 Planeta Blue Na Estrada Do Sol (1994); and Nascimento, the 1997 Grammy winner for Best World Music Album. Nascimento also gained new legions of fans around the globe during what many view as one of his true creative heydeys in the 80s, a five album stint with Ariola Brazil featuring Sentinela (1980) and Anima (1982). Crooner (1999), which paid homage to his own past as an anonymous musician, earned Nascimento his first Latin Grammy Award in 2000, for Best Contemporary Pop Album.

Milton Nascimento?s voice can heard on Paul Simon?s The Rhythm of the Saints and Sara Vaughan's Brazilian Romance. He appeared on Duran Duran?s "Breath After Breath" (which he co-wrote), and has performed on albums with James Taylor, Peter Gabriel, Jo Anderson, Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Quincy Jones, many of whom appeared on his debut Warner album Angelus. His music has been recorded by numerous U.S. based musicians, including the Manhattan Transfer and Stan Getz.

The Brazilian singer has also acted in and contributed music for many Brazilian films, and has also written ballet music for the groups 0 Corpo, Stagium and Parsons Dance Company. In 2002, he launched his own label Nascimento, which is distributed by WEA. The company's first release was the double album Trihas de Ballet, which included the scores to "Maria Maria" and "Ultimo Trem," specially composed for Grupo Corpo.

Today, Milton Nascimento is one of the rare vocalists who can draw audiences around the world regardless of language. A winner of the 1992 Down Beat International Critics? Poll, and 1991 Down Beat Readers? Poll, Milton Nascimento has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and Latin America.

His 2003 CD, Pieta includes a special guest performances by legendary jazzmen Herbie Hancock and Pat Metheny as well as acclaimed Brazilian vocalists Maria Rita Mariano, Simone Guimaraes and Marina Machado. At heart, Pieta's 16 tracks play like an extended love poem to his beloved late adoptive mother, Lilia.

Beyond jazz, and beyond pop, the Nascimento sound integrates numerous diverse cultures. It assimilates 20th century pop and the Jazz ?giants,? with centuries-old sacred and folk expression, from Gregorian chant to African tribal. Milton Nascimento is also profoundly attached to his roots in the interior of Brazil.


Discography:
 

Milton Nascimento (Ritmos/Codil/A&M, 1967)

Courage (A&M/CTI, 1968)

Milton Nascimento (EMI Odeon, 1969)

Milton (EMI Odeon, 1969)

Clube Do Esquina, with Lo Borges (EMI Odeon, 1972)

Milagre Dos Peixes (EMI Odeon, 1973)

Minas (EMI Odeon, 1975)

Geraes (EMI Odeon/USA: Columbia, 1976)

Milton (EMI Odeon/A&M, 1976)

Clube Do Esquina 2 (EMI Odeon, 1978)

Travessia (Dubas M?sica/Universal Music, 1967 - EMI-Odeon/A&M, 1978)

Journey To Dawn (EMI-Odeon/A&M, 1979)

Sentinela (Ariola/Verve, 1980)

Ca?ador De Mim (BMG Ariola, 1981)

Anima (Ariola/Verve, 1982)

Missa dos Quilombos (Ariola/Verve, 1982)

Ao Vivo (Barclay/Ariola, 1983)

Encontros E Despedidas (Barclay/Polydor, 1985)

A Barca Dos Amantes (Barclay/Polygram/Verve, 1986)

Yauarate (Columbia/CBS, 1987)

Miltons (Columbia/CBS, 1989)

Txai (Columbia/CBS, 1990)

O Planeta Blue Na Estrada Do Sol (Columbia/Sony, 1992)

Angelus (Warner Music, 1994)

Amigo (Warner Music, 1995)

Nascimento (Warner Music, 1997)

Tambores De Minas (Warner Music, 1997)

Crooner" (Warner Music, 1999)

Brazilian Rhapsody, with Daniel Barenboim (Teldec, 2000)

Gil & Milton, with Gilberto Gil (Warner Music, 2000)

Piet? (Warner Brothers, 2003/Savoy Jazz, 2005)


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