New York, September 4, 2010. September 5th marks the 26th Year of BRAZILIAN DAY in New York City where hundreds of thousands gather to enjoy the music, art, food and excitement of Brazilian Culture. West 46th Street and the surrounding area is is alive and full of the sounds Brazilian music and the smell of food, a great time to be had by all.
In accordance with the celebration, each year a prestigious Award is given to people who have made important contributions to Brazilian Culture. This year Pat Philips and Ettore Stratta are being honored. At a large private gathering of important persons involved in the Brazilian Day Events, they will be presented this Award in recognition of their many years of presenting and recording Brazilian music on the highest level. Their first major event was 1989 starring Antonio Carlos Jobim at Carnegie Hall along with his Band from Brazil, Gal Costa and Dori Caymmi.
Philips & Stratta have been dedicated to Brazilian music ever since and presenting it in the highest form and in unique programs bringing pride to the Brazilian community and spreading the joy of this music to the public.
They continued to produce major concerts at Carnegie Hall and included top Brazilian artists Gal Costa, Gilberto Gil, Ivan Lins, Eliane Elias, Joyce, Simone, Leila Pinheiro, Oscar Castro-Neves, Joao Bosco, Jacques & Paula Morelenbaum...and more. They presented them alongside major US artists such as The Orpheus Orchestra, Branford Marsalis, Toots Thielemans, Herbie Mann, Al Jarreau, and many others to showcase Brazilian music in the most interesting and virtuosic settings.
"Symphonic Bossa Nova", the CD Produced and Conducted by Maestro Stratta is regarded as probably the best symphonic CD of Brazilian music of all time. It was performed by The Royal Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of London with Guests, Al Jarrreau, Dori Caymmi, Gary Burton, Hubert Laws, Mike Renzi, Claudio Roditi, Tom Scott..again bringing together both Brazilian and American artists in the highest level of presentation. Maestro also conducted The Royal Philharmonic in Sao Paulo, the music of this CD.
Philips & Stratta went on to create 'BossaBrasil', a Festival at the top music venue Birdland, once again showcasing Brazilian talent with artists such as Leny Andrade, Emilio Santigao, Marcos Valle, Dori Caymmi, Romero Lubambo, Cesar Camargo Mariano, Joyce, and more which is happening this week, August 31 - Sept. 4th, featuring the very talented LENY ANDRADE (Reservations, at Birdland, 212 581 3080).
Their relationship with the brilliant Jobim was ongoing with a project in the works to record his music with major symphony orchestra. However he passed before it was realized. Other upcoming plans include projects with Eumir Deodato, Marcos Valle, and more.