Born in the USA, Michael Anthony is a singer, pianist and songwriter who fell in love with Brazilian Music. This love affair culminated in his first album Sonho. With enveloping melodies, beautiful arrangements and captivating vocals, this American wants to touch the hearts of Brazilians and be part of the new MPB generation.
Violizzy & Friends
Next Friday, December 9, I’m going to participate in a show with my friend and violinist, Liz Taub, in her project Violizzy & Friends, at Sidewalk Cafe in New York (94 Avenue A). I’ll be playing original songs as well as Joni Mitchell and Milton Nascimento. You’ll also hear Mar Salá Band and SpaiNYC (Marta Hernandez). To see the event on FaceBook click here. See you there! Friday, December 9, 2016, 8-10PM Sidewalk Cafe, 94 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009 212-473-7373
Boxwood Coffee Open Mic
7 to 9PM, Friday, October 23, 2015
Tempo de amar Soundtrack
Tempo de amar (“Time to love”) is a soundtrack that is part of my album Sonho (“Dream”). The eight pieces, contained in four tracks, depict, through music and lyrics, the journey of a love story. The music blends elements from Brazil and the US, combining diverse styles including bossa nova, samba, MPB (Brazilian Popular Music), Brazilian instrumental music, jazz and new age music. It is a dialogue that represents the connection between two people, the union of masculine and feminine, in both the physical and spiritual planes. The song, Amor te amo (Love I love you), at the end, is based on a farewell correspondence of the lovers. Listen to Tempo de amar clicking on the YouTube video above.
The music on the Transformation EP was written in 2015 for a nonprofit organization that serves children and families exposed to domestic violence. At that time, I also worked as a music therapist with those families. The nonprofit had just built a new safe house and created a promotional video to be shown at their annual fundraising gala. These songs, which are the soundtrack of the video, depict, through music, the process of healing from trauma. Click the video above to listen on YouTube. Enjoy!
In the footsteps of the menino veneno
In 2002, after having spent almost two years living in Brazil and studying MPB (Brazilian Popular Music), I returned to the US for one year where I recorded my album Sonho. At that time, my work was publicized in the Brazilian media in the US. The first reporter who took an interest in my story quickly saw the similarity between my path and that of the British singer, Ritchie, who became a pop star in Brazil in the 80’s with his hit song “Menina veneno” (literally translated “poison girl”). He was thus nicknamed “menino veneno” (“poison boy”). Ritchie’s musical style has been categorized as pop, while I am firmly embedded, heart and soul, in the MPB genre. Read “In the footsteps of the menino veneno” (below). Also, listen to my album Sonho on YouTube by clicking on the video below, and share with your friends. In the footsteps of the menino veneno By Marco Fonseca Almost thirty years after the success of Ritchie, the British pop singer, an American, Michael Anthony tries his luck in the Brazilian music market. The new CD Sonho (“Dream”) reveals the talent and boldness of the artist who records in Portuguese and does arrangements of […]
Vision of paradise EP
Listen to Visão do Paraíso (“Vision of Paradise”), a small collection of instrumental music that I composed and recorded in Rio de Janeiro in 2007, with the participation of Antonio Mello (guitar) and Carlos Malta (soprano saxophone and Chinese flute). The three tracks blend Brazilian music with jazz and world music. Also included are soundscapes of the Atlantic Rainforest, recorded by Beto Bertolini on his albums Waterscapes and Atlantic Forest. The image you see in the video is the view from my house in the West Zone of Rio, looking towards the mountains of the Tijuca National Forest in the east. The Rio landscape was not just the inspiration of this music but also of my record label, Arabutã World Music (arabutã is the indigenous name for the Brazilwood tree, after which Brazil was named). Click the video above to listen on YouTube.
Listen to my show at the Brazilian Conservatory of Music (CBM) in Rio de Janeiro from 2006, solo voice and piano. At that time I was completing my post-baccalaureate in music therapy at CBM. It was my first big show in Rio in which I presented work from my album Sonho(Dream), new original songs, and a Brazilian repertoire that now included songs from the Clube da Esquina albums. I also played two songs from the American songbook, one of which I sang in Portuguese with a lyric by the composer Braguinha. Click the video above to listen on YouTube.
Gostosa (Michael Anthony Lahue)
The song “Gostosa” is my musical commentary inspired by a feminist video-manifesto that I watched recently on FaceBook. The manifesto responds to sexist comments that were made on a certain profile. In the song I tell the story of the video in my own special way. Michael Anthony Lahue (voice & guitar) Recorded on November 20, 2016
You have a different “vein”, very simple, with beautiful melodies, sung in a very personal way – which approximates the listener to them.
With placid songs, beautiful arrangements and a voice always in tune, this American wants to touch the hearts of Brazilians and be part of the new MPB generation.