NOTE: Unfortunately, Nicola has been denied entry into the United States. Therefore this show has been canceled. We wish this weren't the case, and we're sorry folks.
A native Parisian of Armenian descent, singer, songwriter and guitar-player Nicola Són has been a permanent resident of São Paulo, Brazil's largest city, for the past 4 years. In a previous album trilogy (see discography), the artist explored different areas of Brazil and their specific rhythms. In anticipation of his return to Europe and to close his Brazilian chapter on a high note, Nicola Són will be releasing 4², a new EP, on April 6, 2018. The disk features 4 songs all co-written in Portuguese with his long-time Brazilian friend and collaborative lyricist, journalist Igor Ribeiro.
Following a 4X4 concept, the tracks were recorded in 4 different Brazilian cities, each time with different local producers, Márcio Arantes in São Paulo, Daniel Montes in Rio de Janeiro, Hugo Linns in Recife and João Antunes in Belo Horizonte.
To celebrate the release of this new soulful project, Nicola Són will be making his debut on the North American music scene in May and June with a tour of over 20 dates across 10 States and 18 cities starting in Miami (May 16) then New York City (May 17) and ending in LA (June 16).
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After a first album Parioca released in France (2010) and Brazil (2011), Nicola Són strengthens with Nord Destin the bridge he built between France and Brazil in exploring music from the North-East Brazil.
Nicola Són was born in Paris and is of Armenian descent. He was soothed by 'duduk' and 'kotchari' at a young age. As a teenager he discovered Lígia, Tom Jobim's wonderful song as interpreted by João Gilberto and Stan Getz. A few years later, he flew to Rio de Janeiro to soak up the culture and improve his knowledge of music. Nicola Són has traveled to Brasil, Manaus, Amazonia, Bélem, Fortaleza, Recife...Through his journeys has observed and admired the richness of the country as well as the warmth and hospitality of the Brazilian people. He has also experienced the realities of Brazilian life beyond mere cliched images.
In his headquarters in Lapa, the bohemian symbol carioca and cradle of samba, he met many musicians, composed and adapts in French standard Brazilian songs. There, he records Parioca,, released in July 2011 in Brazil which receive an enthusiastic response from local media, both curious and amazed by this young French on disc and on stage.
In November 2011, he returned to Rio for 5 months with two objectives: to broadcast Parioca and above recording his second album Nord Destin. He uses the best as Marcos Suzano and João Hermeto, two percussion masters, Rodrigo Villa (bass), Gabriel Improta (guitar). he invites the legendary João Donato on piano and the samba band Casuarina. Nord Destin released January 28, 2013 in France and in June in Brazil.
An album that recalls the sounds of his travels and experiences since Parioca. There is continuity and at the same time it detaches itself as it explores a new variety of rhythms from the Northeast of Brazil. There are "ciranda", "maracatu", "frevo", "xote", "afro-samba", etc., always associated with the French language, but not only. The difference is also in the arrangements, with an acoustic bass and two percussionists that will achieve a very acoustic album. Nicola uses typical instruments such as the Northeast rabeca (small violin), accordion widely used in the forró or the emblematic instrument of capoeira : berimbau. For the lyrics, the general tone of the disc is slightly less than in Parioca, they are more serious serious themes of time passing, death, or lost love through all 13 tracks.