EMÍLIO SANTIAGO (Rio de Janeiro, December 6, 1946 - March 20, 2013)

            A refined singer with a deep voice, at the same time soft and velvety, he began his art in the Rio de Janeiro night of the 70s, forgetting his law degree. His debut album Emílio Santiago (CID, 1975), and a selection of notable instrumentalists such as Copinha (flute), Durval Ferreira (guitar), Edson Maciel (trombone), Wilson das Neves (drums), Zé Bodega , Among others, the choice of repertoire, such as Quero Alegria (Nelson Cavaquinho, Guilherme de Brito), Beating the Door (João Nogueira, Paulo César Pinheiro), Nega Dina (Zé Ketti), foreshadowed his good musical taste.

In 1977, he recorded the admirable LP Made to Listen (Philips label), among many precious things: Kiss Party (Toninho Horta), What is Love (Johnny Alf), Sadness of Us Two (Durval Ferreira, Maurício Einhorn, Bebeto), Look Maria (Tom Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Chico Buarque).

He was credited as a popular performer and released the excellent album Em Canto Crescente by Emílio Santiago (Philips, 1979), in a deliciously intimate atmosphere, including Swinging in Kids (Francis Hime, Chico Buarque), Isolda, ), Amigo Is For These Things (Silvio da Silva Jr., Aldir Blanc) in duo with João Nogueira. The following year, a show recorded live in Barra da Tijuca originated the LP Guerreiro Coração, with outstanding performances by Santiago: The Night (Ivan Lins, Vitor Martins), Mistura (João Roberto Kelly), My Madrugadas (Candeia, Paulinho da Viola ), Forgiveness (Tunai, Sergio Nature), and others.

Between 1988 and 1994, the series Aquarela Brasileira in seven volumes (Som Livre) was created by Heleno de Oliveira and Roberto Menescal, who divulged his talent all over the country, with interesting themes such as: Kizomba, (Rodolfo, Jonas / Hélio Turco, Jurandir, Alvinho / Neném, Mauro Silva, Isaac, Luizinho, Carlinhos Madureira); Aquarela do Brasil / Bye Bye Brasil (Ary Barroso / Roberto Menescal, Chico Buarque); Me And The Breeze / For You (Johnny Alf / Silvio César); Ronda / Sampa (Paulo Vanzolini / Caetano Veloso), citing, as an example, only four panels of the initial disc. Absolute success! Still in this decade, it is worth mentioning the CDs: Perdido de Amor (1995), a tribute to the singer Dick Farney: Copacabana (João de Barro, Alberto Ribeiro), Alguém Como Tu (José Maria de Abreu, Jair Amorim), Tereza da Praia Tom Jobim, Billy Blanco) participation of Luiz Melodia, Uma Loura (Hervê Cordovil); Emilio Santiago (1997), record of his versatility: My Dream Is You (Altamiro Carrilho, Attila Nunes), Jealousy (Caetano Veloso), Misty (Errol Garner, Johnny Burke), Slipper New (Niltinho Tristeza, By Free Sound.

Already in 2000, a new release (Sony Music), dedicated to another important moment of popular music: Emílio Santiago: Bossa Nova, where they stand out, among others: Doce Viver (Dé, Nelson Motta, Marcos Valle), Carnival Morning Bonfá, Antônio Maria), The Happiness (Tom Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes), Rain (Durval Ferreira, Pedro Camargo). The following year, a touching tribute to the late composer Gonzaguinha marked the CD, A Beautiful Smile On The Lips (Sony Music), deeply beautiful in banners, such as: Cry of Alert, Wait for Me Brunette, General Behavior, What Is It? Talent in double dose exhibited Emílio Santiago Encontra João Donato (Lumiar Discos, 2003), mutual admirers since the 70s, performed a show of harmony, creativity and complicity. It is only to check, between compositions of Donato: And Let There (with Joyce), Hasta Quem Sabe (with the hand Lysias Ênio), The Paths (with Abel Silva), La Paz (with Gilberto Gil).

In 2009, Santiago performed in New York, alongside Dori Caymmi, at the famous "Birdland", sacred sanctuary of jazz, and was awarded a highly commendable article, published in The New York Times. His last work, Dancin 'Samba (Universal Music, 2010) was dedicated to Ed Lincoln "the king of swing and dance" with whom the singer worked in the clubs of the south. In addition to the title track (Tom Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes), it is possible to highlight Olhou Pra Mim (Ed Lincoln, Silvio César), Samba de Verão (Marcos Valle, Paulo Sérgio Valle), Said So Much Of You (Durval Ferreira, Orlandivo). When he died, a victim of a stroke, the charismatic and always smiling Emilio Santiago missed, and as a legacy a recording work of expressive quality.


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