Soundbrush Records Artists, Roger Davidson and Nicole Borger, Perform Original Brazilian Music

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Pianist and composer, Roger Davidson and Brazilian singer, Nicole Borger join musical talents in New York’s Greenwich Village

Roger Davidson and Nicole Borger Performing Brazilian Music at Caffè Vivaldi

I love poetry and setting poems into [Roger Davidson’s] Brazilian music compositions was a fun challenge for me... I hope I did justice to his music.

Soundbrush Records artist, Nicole Borger, joined pianist and composer, Roger Davidson, as a guest vocalist during a recent Live at Caffè Vivaldi concert in New York’s Greenwich Village. The multifaceted Brazilian singer and songwriter showcased original lyrics she created to accompany Davidson’s compositions, "O Jogo," "Choro da Felicidade" and "Saudade do Brasil," which were recently published in To Brazil with Love, a collection of more than 100 original Brazilian Jazz tunes. “I love poetry and setting poems into Roger’s Brazilian music compositions was a fun challenge for me,” said Nicole Borger. “I hope I did justice to his music."

Roger Davidson opened up a musical portal to share his love and experience his life long connection to the spirit and music of Brazil. The evening performance enveloped the audience with popular tunes from his critically acclaimed recordings and provided a special preview of the forthcoming To Brazil with Love, Volume 2. “Music means the most when it is an expression of love and an expression of life,” according to Roger Davidson, “whether it is of joy, sadness or spiritual aspirations.”

The Live at Caffè Vivaldi music series consists of weekly live performances from the heart of New York City’s Greenwich Village. Originally conceived by Roger Davidson, the intimate venue has become an informal home for Soundbrush Records artists to present new material, revisit old ones and collaborate with one another to create extraordinary music. In 2013, the label started to record these performances, capturing the immediacy of live music making. Live at Caffè Vivaldi, Volumes 1 and 2 of the CD series are now available at all major music retail and listening outlets. Volume 3 (piano solo) and Volume 4 (duo) are expected to be released later this year.

About Roger Davidson
Roger Davidson, an ordained Interfaith Minister, has devoted his life to channeling his spirituality through music. Roger has developed a fearlessly eclectic artistic range as a composer and pianist. His acclaimed catalog ranges from chamber, symphonic, and choral pieces to jazz, tango, Klezmer, children’s music, a wide span of Latin and Brazilian music, Universal Sacred Music, and most recently, a solo piano project – Temple of the Soul: Rhapsodies and Meditations for Solo. Roger Davidson is also the founder of Soundbrush Records and Society for Universal Sacred Music.

About Nicole Borger
Born in São Paulo, Brazil, of an American father and a Portuguese/German mother, Nicole Borger is a multifaceted singer and songwriter. Her musical career includes major performances such as Shorashim, a 2003 concert celebration of Jewish Music; appearances at the WOMEX festival in Seville, Spain; the Jazz and Blues Festival of Guaramiranga in Ceará, Brazil and shows in Europe and New York in 2009. Her recorded CDs include: Amar – Um encontro com Florbela Espanca, Singra, and Marias. Nicole’s latest CD, Raízes (Roots) is a recording of Jewish music re-interpreted and reimagined as Brazilian songs, expected to be released later this month.

About Soundbrush Records
Soundbrush Records was founded in 2003 by pianist and composer, Roger Davidson, to promote intercultural musical collaborations, with the belief that artistic collaboration between different cultures illuminates humanity’s inter-connection. It specializes in creating cross-cultural projects and producing jazz and world music especially Tango, Brazilian Music, Klezmer, and music from Cuba and the Caribbean. Soundbrush Records has forged a unique place among contemporary record labels to showcase original work of critically acclaimed artists from all corners of the world, including Pablo Aslan, Nicole Borger, David Finck, Carol Fredette, and Marco Granados, as well as Grammy winners, Frank London, Fernando Otero and Raul Jaurena.

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