Ivan Lins

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Ivan Lins (2007)

Ivan Guimarães Lins [ ɛˈvɔn gimɐ'ɾɐ̃ĩʃ lɪnʃ ] (born June 16, 1945 in Rio de Janeiro ) is a Brazilian composer , pianist and singer . He works both in the area of Música Popular Brasileira (Brazilian popular music) and in the jazz fusion area.

life and work

Lins was born in Rio, but grew up partly in Boston , where his father studied shipbuilding at MIT . After attending a military school in Rio, he studied chemical engineering at the University of Rio (graduated in 1969). On the side, he aspired to a volleyball career, but then discovered his musical talent. At the age of 18 he taught himself to play the piano by ear and began playing jazz and bossa nova . In 1968 he made it to the finals of the Festival Universitário da TV Tupi with his composition “Até o Amanhecer” . In 1969 Elis Regina took over his song “Madalena”, which became a hit (also in Europe). In 1970 she played his composition "O amor é o meu país", which was later played by VARIG when international passengers boarded their aircraft.

Lins co-directed the Som Livre Exportação program on TV-Globo with Aldir Blanc, Gonzaguinha and others . Since 1970 he has released albums under his own name as a singer. His 1974 published album Modo livre contained the hit "Abre Alas" with a text by Vítor Martins. In 1977 he had another great success with the single "Somos todos iguais esta noite".

From 1985 he recorded his music in the USA and toured internationally. For the George Benson album Give me the Night he contributed the title Dinorah, Dinorah . Producer Quincy Jones then hired him for his album The Dude , where he received a Grammy for Velas in the "Best Jazz Performance" category. Quincy Jones' album Back on the Block , which also won a Grammy, also has a composition by him ( Setembro ), and he also contributed compositions for the Manhattan Transfer album Brazil . With the jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard , he recorded the album The Heart Speaks , which mainly contained compositions by Lins (Lins as pianist and singer). In 1987 he worked with the Crusaders on Life in the Modern World (with two of his compositions Life in the Modern World and Some People Will Never Learn ). In 1989 his album Love Dance (another of his standards) was released, the first on which he sings in English. With Toots Thielemans he recorded Brazil 1 and 2 , with Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin on the fusion jazz album Harlequin (1985).

His compositions were also u. a. interpreted by Ella Fitzgerald , Sarah Vaughan , Carmen McRae , Nancy Wilson , Diane Schuur , Patti Austin , Take Six and Sergio Mendes .

As a film composer, he provided the soundtrack for the Brazilian film Dois Córregos . As a music producer, he promoted singers such as Chico César, Lenine and Belô Veloso.

In October 2000 there was a tribute concert in Carnegie Hall in New York in his honor (released as the album A Love Affair by Telarc).

Lins is so popular in his Brazilian homeland that he didn't have to shy away from confronting the country's former military regime.


  • Agora (1970)
  • Deixa O Trem Seguir (1971)
  • Quem Sou Eu (Philips, 1972)
  • Abre Alas (RCA 1974, 2002)
  • Modo Livre (1974)
  • Chama Acesa (RCA, 1975)
  • Somos Todos Iguais Nesta Noite (EMI / Odeon 1979)
  • Nos Dias de Hoje (EMI / Odeon 1978)
  • A Noite (EMI / Odeon 1979)
  • Novo Tempo (EMI / Odeon 1980)
  • Daquilo Que Eu Sei (Polygram 1981)
  • Depois dos Temporais (Polygram 1983)
  • Juntos (Polygram 1984)
  • Ivan Lins (Som Livre, 1986)
  • Mãos (Polygram 1987)
  • Love Dance (1988)
  • Amar Assim (Polygram 1989)
  • 20 Anos (Som Livre 1990)
  • Awa Yiô (Velas 1992)
  • A Doce Presença de Ivan Lins (1995)
  • Anjo de Mim (Velas 1995)
  • I'm Not Alone (Velas 1996) (English version by Anjo de Mim )
  • Acervo Especial, Vol. 2 (1997)
  • Ivan Lins / Chucho Valdés / Irakere / Ao Vivo (1996)
  • Viva Noel: Tributo a Noel Rosa Vols. 1, 2 (Ivan Lins sings Noel Rosa) (Velas 1997)
  • Live at the MCG (Heads up, 1999)
  • Dois Córregos (1999)
  • At Novo Tempo (1998)
  • A Cor Do Pôr-Do-Sol (2000)
  • Jobiniando (2001)
  • Love Songs - A Quem Me Faz Feliz (2002)
  • I Love Mpb - Amor (2004) (MPB stands for Música Popular Brasileira)
  • Cantando Histórias (2004)
  • Acariocando (2006)
  • George Robert Jazz Orchestra with Ivan Lins (2009)

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