Ricardo Medeiros and Cristina Braga have a long partnership in music and in life.
They met while in Rio de Janeiro’s Federal University – and Cristina learned how to improvise, and play popular music mostly from him.
Ricardo started playing rockn’ roll and popular brazilian music, and accompanied such as Raul Seixas, Zizi Possi, Zé Rodrix – created bands with Jaques Morelenbaum, Victor Biglione, and had musical pals such as Lenine, Rodrigo Campello, Zé Renato and others. He graduated in Electronic Engineering building the prototipe of a sound synthesizer back in the 80’s.
Then he decided to study classical contrabass and became solo bassist with the National Symphony Orchestra until 2015.
Cristina and Ricardo played together in OPU5, in Bambu, and he has been a constant producer and arranger in all of her recordings. Mot D’amour in Whisper was specially written for her by him, with lyrics from Bernardo Vilhena.
Cristina Braga had an accident when she was a small girl of four, in a sugar cane mill, and almost lost one finger of the left hand. But a young doctor, from the local village of Rodeio, Engenheiro Paulo de Frontin, at that time a district of Vassouras, in the mountains of Rio, saved her hand and finger perfectly, with an astonishing medical intervention. She could follow the dream to be the harpist she wanted to, because of this young man. Braga never forgot, and years later created a successful music festival with concerts in farms, the “Festival Vale do Café”, in that same region. In 2014 together with Ricardo Medeiros, she started to plant the Music Garden “Uaná Etê” www.uanaete.com (it means in the ancient general indian language of Brazil “multitude of fireflyes”), a place for concerts, events and creative retreat under open skyes in this very same district; and finally in 2015 she started a new festival devoted to flowers, nature, and art, “FLOR Atlântica” www.floratlantica.com where artists passionate of nature such as the musician Roberto Menescal gave lectures about plants, expositions were placed in forests, pic nic concerts in lawns, poetry recitals in poetical imperial buildings…
Before winning the position of first harp in Rio de Janeiro’s Opera House, Cristina played at night in various Bossa Nova Clubs and at the Copacabana Palace Hotel.
There she met such as Lady Di, Sting, Paulo Coelho and many personalities. During his stay, Sting always complimented her playing, and asked her one night to try her harp. He sat and played. Although this harp showed after some years several technical problems and couldn’t be played at all, Cristina kept it as a remembrance for at least a decade more!