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Minas’ longevity speaks for itself. With over two decades performing in a variety of formats, their professionalism and versatility, from the duo to ensemble, to orchestra and big band, has placed them in high demand. From small intimate settings to large venues, Orlando and Patricia have enchanted audiences with their magical and unique sound, artistry and warmth, where the poetry of their lives is heard in every note. They reflect a perfect musical marriage with a stage presence and chemistry that only a lifetime can produce.

Minas artistry

Minas takes Brazilian and American roots to create a sound that is fresh and innovative, from ballads tinged with melancholic traits of Blues and Choro, to Folk coasting on the subtle coolness of a Bossa Nova pulse, to upbeat Sambas elaborated with instrumental jazz improvisation, scat singing and whimsical whistling. With recordings of original music and a collection of over 100 songs, Orlando and Patricia’s compositions have been compared to classics by Cole Porter and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Capturing the essence of great songwriting with memorable melodies, inventive harmonies, and poetic lyrics, their music is engaging and timeless.

Minas history

Orlando Haddad and Patricia King formed Minas in 1978 at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. They proceeded to play all over the eastern United States before moving to Brazil, where they lived, entertained and traveled, absorbing the essence of Brazilian culture. In 1984 Orlando and Patricia returned to the United States and raised a family while performing and recording extensively, building their reputation as one of the most sought-after Brazilian groups of its kind. Multi-talented as composers, vocalists and instrumentalists, and equally comfortable in Brazilian festive music and jazz, folk and classical genres, Minas has developed various performance styles which have placed them in front of every kind of audience and venue.

Minas awards and grants

– Indicated for 4 Grammy Awards – Symphony in Bossa
– Indicated for 3 Grammy Awards – Bossa Nova Day
– Dona Flor – Nominated for “Song of the Year” 2012, Connect Brazil, Chicago, IL
– State Days at the Kennedy Center – Selected to represent Pennsylvania by Senator Arlen Specter
– Best of Philly, Philadelphia Magazine
– Best Instrumentalist (Patricia), Festival da Canção Popular, Três Pontas, Minas Gerais, Brazil
– Meet The Composer, Subito, Community Partners grants – American Composers Forum
– Technical Assistant Grants, Pennsylvania Performing Arts On Tour
– Pew Grant through Musicopia

Minas television and radio

– Emeril Live, Food Network, NY – Guest Artist
– On Canvas, PBS, WHYY-TV 12, Philadelphia, PA
– Home Grown, PBS, WVIA TV with George Graham, Scranton, PA
– Yusuf and Friends, PBS, WUNC-TV, NC
– TV programs in Brazil: Rio de Janeiro, Recife, Belo Horizonte on Globo, Bandeirantes, TVE
– Fresh Air – Danny Miller, Terry Gross, NPR, WHYY Radio, Philadelphia, PA
– Radio Times – NPR, Marty Moss-Coane, Philadelphia, PA
– The Sounds of Brazil with Scott Adams, Chicago IL
– The Brazilian Hour with Sergio Mielniczenko (KPFK/PRI), Los Angeles, CA
– The Best of Brazil with Randy Morse, KZUM, Lincoln, NE
– Crossover – NPR, Jill Pasternak, WRTI Radio, Philadelphia, PA
– Voices of Jazz – NPR, Bob Craig, WRTI Radio, Philadelphia, PA
– XPoNential Music Festival, Live Broadcast WXPN Radio, Philadelphia, PA
– Gene Shay Folk Show, WXPN Radio, Philadelphia, PA
– Trem Azul with Milton Nascimento (Syndicated in Brazil)
– Interview with Legendary DJ Felix Grant, AM Radio, Washington DC
– Voice of America
– Minas CDs have been playing on public, commercial, and Internet radio throughout North America and abroad.

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10 responses to “Minas”

  1. Egidio Leitao says:

    “Symphony in Bossa takes Brazilian classics to a new height. It is unequivocally on top of my personal list as the best album of 2015!” –Egídio Leitão, MusicaBrasileira.org

  2. David Hiltbrand says:

    “The wonder is that such percussion-based music can be so luxuriously relaxing. In Rio is like an aural massage.” –David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer

  3. Mary Armstrong says:

    “Even at its most racing tempo, In Rio maintains its cool; always urbane, sophisticated and contemporary.” –Mary Armstrong, Philadelphia City Paper

  4. The News and Observer says:

    “Minas is more than a return to the sort of Brazilian music that enjoyed a brief burst of US popularity in the 1960s” –The News and Observer, Raleigh, NC

  5. The Philadelphia Inquirer says:

    “Haddad and King are succeeding in bringing a new wave of Brazilian music to Philadelphia … the music is hot” –The Philadelphia Inquirer

  6. The Brazilian Music Review says:

    “Minas has dedicated itself to translating all the grace and beauty of Brazil for US audiences” –The Brazilian Music Review, Chicago IL

  7. Egidio Leitao says:

    “Minas brings together a wealth of experience with the traditional Brazilian sound spiced with influences from jazz” –Egidio Leitao, Luna Café, Austin, TX

  8. Bob Craig says:

    “Congratulations!! This is your Magnum Opus…Your “Jazz Samba”… Your “Getz/Gilberto”. Wow…I’m quite dazzled by it.” –Bob Craig, WRTI Philadelphia

  9. David Heymann says:

    “Quite delightful” –David Heymann, KKUP Santa Clara CA

  10. Randy Morse says:

    “It’s your finest release yet. I’m really impressed with the quality of your original compositions. They sound like classics already… Congratulations on an outstanding album!” –Randy Morse, “The Best of Brazil”, KZUM Lincoln NE

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