Kay Lyra | Just a Silly Game

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Just a Silly Game

by Kay Lyra

Brazilian/American bossa nova composer and singer Kay Lyra has captured audiences with her precise, pure voice and impeccable phrasing. The single "Just a Silly Game" is a "bossa-folk" song, with a brazilian flavour.
Genre: Brazilian: Bossa Nova
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Brazilian/American bossa nova composer and singer Kay Lyra has captured audiences with her precise, pure voice and impeccable phrasing. Music critic Nelson Motta labeled her, “The daughter of bossa with a crystal voice,” in an inevitable reference to her musician/composer father, bossa nova veteran/founder Carlos Lyra.

She has performed on stage with bossa nova icons Roberto Menescal, Joyce, Durval Ferreira, Mauricio Einhorn, Wanda Sá, Bebeto Castilho (Tamba Trio) Sergio Ricardo, Leila Pinheiro, João Donato, and musicians such as Léo Gandelman, Márcio Montarroyos, Marcos Suzano, Chiquito Braga, Nivaldo Ornelas, Jean Pierre Zannella, Mauricio Maestro (Boca Livre), Jessé Sadock, among others and recorded with Naná Vasconscelos, Pery Ribeiro, Gilson Peranzzetta and Eric Rigler.

Her love of opera and chamber music led her to study those classic genres in Brazil, but she turned to more popular song styles when living abroad.

In Brazil, she recorded her first solo album Influência do Jazz, which was subsequently released in Japan. Then, she produced her indie album, Kandagawa. The CD emphasizes her own innovative material.

Kay also participated in the film/documentary "Coisa Mais Linda" from Paulo Thiago, about the history of Bossa Nova, filmed in Rio de Janeiro, featuring all the great names of that movement such as João Donato, Johnny Alf, Leny Andrade, Roberto Menescal, Alaíde Costa, Carlos Lyra, Billy Blanco, Sergio Ricardo and so on.

Musicians playing on this track:
Mauricio Einhorn - solo harmonica
Pantico Rocha - drums
Jorge Helder - accoustic bass
Mauricio Maestro - guitars, vocals, and strings arrangements


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Mauricio Maestro

Great Song
The first time I heard this song was in a live performance in Rio de Janeiro. Kay Lyra sang many songs of her father, Carlos Lyra, one of the greatest Bossa Nova composers. But when she started to sing "Just a Silly Game", only her beautiful voice and guitar, I recognized immediately a hit! Later, I was invited to make the arrangement for this song, and I specially dressed it with strings, vocals and harmonica. I'm very proud for having worked with Kay Lyra, and I truly recomend that song.