Ventana Abierta is an ideal art and culture organization in Nerja, Spain. They organize opera nights, wine tasting with flamenco, classical concerts and jazz concerts. I have attended a few of these, and I am struck by the high quality of the Spanish musicians I have seen. On Saturday night I saw Chapi Pineda Trio, with acoustic guitar, piano and percussion, and I got my eyes and ears opened to a musical mix of jazz, flamenco and South American bossa nova played by three virtuoso musicians.
Samba, bossa nova and latin music in general has been popular in some of the Nordic countries for many years. Finland has a strong tango tradition in their popular music, while many Swedish artists like Lill lindfors, Cornelis Vreeswijk and Monica Zetterlund have had several bossa nova songs on their repertoire. We haven’t had a tradition for this music in Norway until Trio de Janeiro started out some 25 years ago. They are still active, and today they played a lunch concert at the AnJazz festival at Hamar.