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Eliane Elias at the Iridium, NYC, NY, USA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta   
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If you have the opportunity to see multi-Grammy winner Brazilian Jazz pianist, singer, and composer Eliane Elias in concert, you should jump at the chance. We had the pleasure of catching her performance in Manhattan at The Iridium NYC on Friday, October 14, 2022, part of a 4-night gig (October 13 - 16, 2022), to celebrate the launch of her latest album, Quietude, released on the Candid Records label.


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The first time that we saw Eliane Elias in concert was at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, in the Rose Theatre (1,233 seats) in November 2017, and she was fabulous. The performance at The Iridium (180-seats) on October 14, 2022, was a much more intimate gathering, providing the audience with a more personal experience as Eliane Elias conversed with and engaged the audience as she told the backstory to many of the songs.

Although it was a launch party for Quietude, released as a CD and in vinyl format for the first time since the 1990s, Eliane Elias opened the concert by playing some of her favorite songs before segueing into songs from the new album. She began with a sumptuous instrumental piece from the musical, Man of La Mancha.

Next on the playlist was the song, Aquarela do Brasil (Watercolor of Brazil), off her Made in Brazil album, which won Eliane her first Grammy in 2016. Sung in Portuguese, with vibrant rhythms and gorgeous lyrics, this song was a standout. She followed that with another cut off the same album, with the song, VocÍ (You), where Eliane's fingers danced over the keys with crystalline notes and stunning vocals.

Songs often have an interesting backstory, and Eliane introduced the song, Isto Aqui O Que …, written by Ary Barroso in 1942, as a song he wrote so that he could earn money to get married. It is a great song with a lasting legacy.

Moving into music from her latest release, Quietude, Eliane described it by saying that it went back to the bossa nova days when people would get together in their apartments in Rio de Janeiro where friends would sing, someone would play a guitar, some would play wooden matchbox cases or spoons against glasses. Having lived in Rio de Janeiro and spending lots of time in Brazil throughout the years, when we closed our eyes, we could remember those happy times with friends, where we often played the matchbox cases or glasses, creating music together, which is the power of music.

Eliane Elias at The Iridium NYC - photo by Luxury Experience
Eliane Elias and her band
The Iridium NYC

Segueing into VocÍ e Eu (You and I), she captured the audience's attention and held it in the palm of her hand and kept it there; utterly enthralled and captivated. Next, was Eu Samba Mesma (I Really Samba), followed by a wonderful Roberto Carlos song, Olha (Look), with Eliane's luscious vocals complemented by guitar.

Eliane kept the party going with Bolinha de Papel (Little Paper Ball) a lively, up-tempo song that cooked with fun, great lyrics, and rhythm.

She closed the night with Chiclete com Banana (Gum with Banana) written by Gorduriha and Almira Castilho in 1959, a "samba rock" song that had a rocking drum solo. It was an evening of great music that spanned time, in an intimate setting perfect for getting to know more about and appreciate Eliane Elias and her stunning talent.

Until next time, keep enjoying the music!

A Sampling of A Few of the Upcoming Shows at The Iridium

40 Fingers
October 28, 2022
The Joni Project
October 29, 2022
Vanessa Collier
November 5, 2022
The Arlen Roth Band
November 11, 2022
Michael Glabicki (of Rusted Root)
November 17, 2022
Spero Plays Nyro
November 19, 2022
Albert Cummings
December 1, 2022
The Linda Ronstadt Experience
March 5, 2023
Carolyn Wonderland
April 15, 2023

For more information on The Iridium and to see their full calendar of events, please The Iridium welcomes guests 12 and older.

For more information on Eliane Elias and tour information, please visit:

Listen to a teaser of Quietude:

Websites where you can purchase Eliane Elias - Quietude: Candid Records,† Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and others.

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A partial list of upcoming tour dates

The Iridium
October 13-16, 2022
Boston, MA
October 21-22, 2022
The Barns at Wolf Trap
Vienna, VA
November 5, 2022
Catalina Jazz Club
Los Angeles, CA
November 9-12, 2022
The Palladium at The Center for Performing Arts
Carmel, Indiana
November 20, 2022

The Iridium NYC, NY

The Iridium NYC
1650 Broadway (corner of 51st and Broadway)
New York, New York 10019
United States
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