BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Brazilian musician Bianca Gismonti was in Kolkata recently to perform a recital at the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). A pianist who launched her career at the tender age of 15, Bianca was supported by Antonio Porto on the double bass and her husband Julio Falavigna on drums.
Her virtuosity can be attributed to genes as she comes from a musical family. Incidentally, she began as an accompanist to her father, the legendary Egberto Gismonti.
Though her first self-created album Sonhos de Nascimento happened in 2013 followed by Primeiro Céu two years later, her name first appeared on a record in 2005 as part of Duo Gisbranco, a creation with pianist Claudia Castelo Branco.
Though Brazil is extremely far from India, there are strong connections. Bianca’s album Desvelando Mares features London-based Indian violinist Preetha Narayanan besides usage of Indian instruments like zither and bansuri.
Her performance was well received by the audience who got exposed to a whole different world, culturally and musically.