Patricia and Orlando formed MINAS in 1978 at North Carolina School of the Arts to bring Brazilian music to stateside audiences. They proceeded to play all over the eastern US before going back to their musical roots in Brazil, where they entertained, traveled extensively and recorded their first album, Num Dia Azul.
Today, with 5 CDs to its credit, MINAS is one of the most sought after Brazilian bands in the United States. MINAS is built upon the duo's multiple talents as vocalists, instrumentalists and composers with an impressive grasp of the whole range of Brazilian musical idioms.
At the core of any MINAS show are the voices of the duo, which reflects two decades of vocal and instrumental blending. Warm and engaging, this magical sound becomes infectious when MINAS adds bass, drums, percussion, horns and live costumed dancers to Orlando's guitar and Patricia's keyboards.
One can experience MINAS in a variety of formats, intimately, as a duo or trio, and in exciting venues with larger ensembles up to orchestra and Big Band arrangements. Orlando and Patricia have been composing original material together since the moment of their first meeting in 1974. Their recorded material consists exclusively of originals.