The New York Times describes the music of Brazilian songwriter Ivan Lins as "romantic and sophisticated." His songs have been recorded by such artists as George Benson, Quincy Jones, Toots Theilemans, The Crusaders and Manhattan Transfer, to name a few.
Born in 1945, Lins rose to fame in Brazil in 1970 when Elis Regina recorded his song "Magdalena" for a hit. His worldwide debut, "A Noite," appeared in 1979. Ivan Lins' most famous composition, "Love Dance," has been recorded by dozens of jazz artists including Sarah Vaughan, Betty Carter, Nancy Wilson and others.
Lins has performed at some of the world's most prestigious venues including the North Sea Jazz Festival, London's Royal Festival Hall, Hollywood Bowl and the Monterey Jazz Festival. Featuring some of Brazil's best musicians, Lins' live shows are full rich melodies leading The New York Times to deem Ivan a "master of harmony." In concert and in the recording studio, Brazilian singer / keyboardist / composer Ivan Lins stands out as a performer whose musical roots have sprouted into a sound that belongs to the whole global village. As San Francisco Chronicle music critic Jesse Hamlin observed, Lins "sings with a singular mix of sweetness and passion" and "has the gift of creating shapely melodies of profound simplicity (wrapped) in ingenious arrangements that unfold in unexpected ways." The universal language of music is truly personified in this gifted artist whose dialect has been joyously embraced by audiences worldwide.
In September 2000, Telarc released A Love Affair The Music of Ivan Lins uniting a stellar group of Pop and Jazz greats with Lins. This blockbuster tribute visits some of Lins' most famous material with a decidedly contemporary approach. "I have always been accustomed to listening to other artists' recordings of my songs with a blend of Brazilian and jazz attitudes. Rarely had my songs been conceived in American pop versions. This is a contemporary American vision of my music."