Ivan Lins is a Brazilean composer & musician known for his many recordings and work all over the world, and also for his different harmonies & arrangements; all refined and popular at the same time. He spent part of his youth in the USA where he got his first taste of musical influences. When he returned to Brazil, he began making contact with some of the great artists and songs of that time period, which he had heard in his grandparent’s house. Later, jazz and Brazilean music, especially the bossa nova, were added to the melting pot of influential factors. At the age of eighteen as a university student, he adopted the piano as his favoured instrument and started his career as a composer. His compositions with such a different harmonious structure, harmonies threaded with strands of Brazilean music so unusual in the 70s, were the making of him as an artist, well respected among other musicians.
Ivan also had a number of hits as singer & composer, including Madalena, inmortalised by the unforgettable Elis Regina, Abre Alas, Somos Todos Iguais Essa Noite, Começar de Novo, Dinorah, Dinorah, Bandeira do Divino, Bilhete, Desesperar, Jamais, Aiaiaiaiai, Vitoriosa, Vieste, Lembra de mim, Depende de nós, Novo Tempo, Meu País, among others.
With the passing of time, his work became reformed & updated, always contributing new musical values & ideals, without ever losing his identity or originality. From the 80s onwards his work had great international impact, particularly in the USA, where he collaborated with artists of the calibre of Sarah Vaughan, Quincy Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae, George Benson, Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, Manhattan Transfer, Take 6, Nueva York Voices, Sting, Diana Krall and Barbara Streisand.
During this same period of time, he initiated his work in the composition of ‘fados’, a type of music which is very much part of his life, when he lived together with his Portuguese grandparents. In the year 1977 he wrote and recorded his first fado, simply titled Um fado. His work and musical themes are also present in various cinema & television sound-tracks. He enjoyed many successes with his composing partner Vitor Martins, but his melodies have also been the base for lyricists & poets, like Caetano Veloso, Dudu Falcão, Lia Luft, Elisa Lucinda, Paulo César Pinheiro, Celso Viafora, Ronaldo Monteiro, Abel Silva, Martinho da Vila, Aldir Blanc, Chico Buarque, Moska, Nei Lopes, Chico César and Salgado Maranhão.
In 2005 he recorded Cantando Historias, a CD & DVD, a compilation of many of the hit numbers during his career, but with new arrangements and the participation of various guest artists. He won two Latin Grammy Awards; one for Album of the Year and Best MPB (Best Brazilean Music), one of the very best of the Academy. Also in 1981, the song Dinorah, Dinorah won a Grammy award for Best Jazz Instrumental, and in 1982 the song Velas, recorded by Quincy Jones, received the same award. In the year 2004 he recorded with Sting and won a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal with She Walks This Earth. Then in 2009 he won the Latin Grammy Award for his album Ivan Lins & The Metropole Orchestra.
In 2015 Ivan celebrated his 70th birthday and 45 years of his musical career; he released an album titled América Brasil, in which he re-recorded old melodies which hadn’t been quite that prominent or had been recorded by other musicians.
Ivan Lins & Band
Ivan Lins: vocals
Chris Wells: drums
Nema Antunes: bass
Claudio Ribeiro: guitar