Reservations are required on Sundays as the place is always packed for this most popular artist.
A Honolulu native, Sandy Tsukiyama grew up in a musical household. She discovered Spanish language and Music Theory at her alma mater, Roosevelt High School and received a BA in Ethnomusicology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. At UH she continued in Spanish and began studying Brazilian Portuguese. Fascinated by bossa novas on radio jazz programs, she embarked on a quest to further investigate the music of Brazil. Her first vocal gigs were with Brazilian-inspired group, “Ohta-San’s New Thing” and the Ebbtides, in 1975. She began studying voice with Marilyn Kim and was backup singer and percussionist for Nohelani Cypriano. In 1980, recipient of a Rotary Post-Graduate Fellowship for International Understanding, she studied Brazilian folk music traditions and voice at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro Escola de Música. During her three-year stay there, she became immersed in the vibrant musical culture of the city. Fortunate to perform backup for Marku Ribas and Robertinho do Recife, along with numerous, well-known artists, Sandy appeared at various venues from posh piano bars such as Chiko’s Bar, Rive Gauche, and national TV broadcasts on Rede Globo. She was house vocalist for two years in the piano bar at Restaurante Antonino in the Lagoa District, where Lisa Ono, who later became Japan’s primary bossa nova exponent, would occasionally sit in. At the “Todos os Cantos” music festival, in Curitiba, Paraná, in 1981, she was accompanied by the yet unknown, Eliane Elias. While married to percussionist Carlinhos “Pandeiro de Ouro” de Oliveira, she befriended countless household names on the Brazilian music scene
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Brazilian Band combines the old school Bossa Nova and Samba sounds with contemporary harmonies and exciting rhythmic arrangements. This amazing ensemble provides a very hip atmosphere that adds the elegant, and sophisticated brazilian music touch to any event.
Brazilian Band's accomplished collective of performers has accompanied some of Brazil’s most illustrious music icons. Band members also have their own careers as solo artists and are always performing and recording with renowned jazz, pop and world music groups.
For the most part Brazilian Band is hired to play the cocktail hour part of a wedding or corporate event. However, it can accommodate a variety of size requirements that range from a simple bossa-nova duo to a full blown 8 piece band with carnaval dancers and an authentic brazilian "batucada".
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