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“Today, that voice – acrobatic, sensual, both angelic and profane – is what listeners of his Tropicalia-inspired music first latch on to. It’s his voice that gets first mention in most reviews” The Guardian 

 

"The 12 songs on Real, co-produced by Capinan and Grammy Award-winning engineer (and Arcade Fire collaborator) Mark Lawson, are incredibly diverse, and are heavily influenced by Brazilian popular music"  Remezcla

 

“That unswerving determination and dedication comes out in Capinan’s performance, complete with dramatic, sometimes whimsical costumes and the unmistakable soft lull of his singing voice” Now Magazine


“Bruno Capinan a quant à lui grandi à Bahia, avec dans les oreilles les prophètes de la samba da rua, et puis surtout les esthètes du tropicalisme, à commencer par Caetano Veloso dont il a conservé cette subtile inflexion pour la sublime transgression, ce petit rien d’ambiguïté douce-amère qui donne sa saveur à n’importe quel air” Libération

Bruno Capinan (Broo-noh Cap-ee-nan, pronouns: they/them) is a Brazilian born, Canadian singer-songwriter based in Toronto, where they moved in 2002 and launched their music career. Also a poet and visual artist, Bruno frequently collaborates with artists of various disciplines and cultural backgrounds. Their voice resonates the vibrant legacy of the hybrid culture of Salvador da Bahia, the epicentre of Afro-Brazilian music. They have released five albums in their ten-year music career and performed to audiences in Japan, Brazil, Argentina and the United States. 

 

With music that beautifully blends traditional Brazilian sounds known as MPB, as well as many other global influences, and features Portuguese lyrics that are both personal and conversational, Bruno has earned widespread positive reviews taking them to stages and studios around the world. Bruno’s lyrics, as well as their press interviews, often highlight the struggles of LGBTQI+ people, as well as Black and other marginalized communities. 

 

Most recently, the singer released their fifth studio album “Leão Alado Sem Juba”, recorded   during the COVID-19 pandemic between Canada, France, Portugal and Brazil, with musicians working remotely. They have received two back-to-back nominations to the prestigious APCA (São Paulo Association of Art Critics) album of the year list, for their latest release “Leão Alado Sem Juba” (2020), and “REAL” (2019). In April of 2020, they were scheduled to showcase at Atlantic Music Expo 2020 in Cape Verde, but the performance was canceled due to the pandemic. 

 

A fierce performer, Bruno Capinan’s approach to music making is rooted in the Brazilian tropicalia influence, which is to embrace all the vast possibilities of sound. This approach has led them to collaborate with Japanese composer Jun Miyake, who discovered Bruno Capinan via a French radio, and immediately invited the artist to collaborate on Miyake’s recording as a lyricist and vocalist. Their music collaborations appeared in the album “Lost Memory Theatre Act 3”, and have taken Bruno to perform in Japan in 2017 and 2018. They are now working on two new compositions for Miyake’s upcoming album.


Bruno Capinan first gained international recognition in 2016, with the album “Divina Graça” (Joia Moderna/P-vine records), including mentions in British paper The Guardian and France’s Libération. Brazil’s biggest publications Folha and O Globo, called “an artist to watch”, as Bruno Capinan continued to perform in between their country of origin and abroad, with highlight performances including the Rio Olympic Games in 2016 and the Montreux Jazz Festival in Tokyo in 2017 alongside Japanese composer Jun Miyake.