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Whilst living in São Paulo in the late 1990s, where I played viola with the Opera Orchestra, I discovered Bossa Nova with its Jazz chords, syncopated rhythms, and sinuous melodies. There was also Samba Batucada everywhere: in the streets, cafés, office courtyards…Music was a communal and all-encompassing activity, with dance, costumes, at times song and/or chanting, and religion, such as Candomblé. I saw performances by street children and community clubs, all exhilarating with energy and a love of music. My daughter, Clara, has Brazilian heritage. Like Bossa Nova, she has that natural Brazilian swing, so this is composed for her.