• Bossa Nova

  • Emerging from the cafes and clubs of Rio de Janiero in the 1950s was a new sound that would conquer the world. This musical style, called bossa nova, drew on sounds of samba, although filtered through a cool Rio beach culture sensibility that epitomizes Brazil for many around the world to this day. The bossa nova craze in the United States was sparked by a legendary concert at Carnegie Hall in 1962. Featuring such figures as Tom Jobim and João Gilberto in performances of such classic songs as "One-Note Samba," "A Felicidade," and "Barquinho," this concert was a landmark event that introduced one of the most influential Latin America musical styles to the world.

    On the 50th anniversary of this concert, we explore why it was such an important event and what role it played in the bossa nova craze that swept the globe.

  • Voices from Latin America Artistic Advisor Osvaldo Golijov on the global influence of bossa nova and other Latin American music.
  • The Birth of Bossa Nova

    Leading with forró and its godfather Luiz Gonzaga, this excerpt from the BBC 4 series Brasil, Brasil examines the origins of bossa nova.

  • From the Carnegie Hall Archives

    Archives and Rose Museum Director Gino Francesconi discusses Latin American music and artists at Carnegie Hall, including the 1962 bossa nova concert .

  • Bossa Nova at Carnegie Hall

    This excerpt from Hana Vaisman's Bossa Nova at Carnegie Hall tells the story of the historic 1962 concert.

  • Live from Carnegie Hall: Bossa Nova
    From our Live from Carnegie Hall blog series, a look at the famous 1962 bossa nova breakout concert.
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  • Bossa Nova Carnegie Hall

    The recording that started it all for bossa nova in the US.
  • Live from Carnegie Hall: Caetano Veloso
    Another post from our Live from Carnegie Hall series features Gilberto Gil's longtime friend and collaborator, Caetano Veloso.
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  • Bossa Nova Carnegie Hall Originals

    A selection of the original tracks that made it to Bossa Nova Carnegie Hall.