Who We Are

Marcia Calmon

Marcia Calmon

Marcia Calmon was born in a family of musicians at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her father,  Waldir Calmon was a piano player in the 50's and 60's of a very high projection and had an orchestra in Brazil and her mother, Marta Kelly, is a singer. She also plays a little of piano and acoustic guitar and had lyric and popular singing classes (click here to listen to a medley with three songs from The Sound of Music) in France and Brazil. He began to sing in orchestras: first, in Waldir Calmon and later in Mestro Cipó, Vittor Santos and others. She worked for ten years with the famous brazilian singer Marlene, recorded for TV and does back-vocals on recordings and shows. Her major influences are Carmen Miranda, Marlene, Ademilde Fonseca, Leny Andrade, Sade. Ella Fitzgerald e Barbra Streisand.

She lived for about five years at the Caribbean islands. At Puerto Rico (USA), she was part of the great Brazilian show of the Plataforma Hall in San Juan de Puerto Rico. At Saint Martin and Saint Barths, along with her husband, conductor and multi-instrumentalist Tranka Oliveira, she performed for tourists from all over the world, singing in five languages. The duo worked in sophisticated hotels such as Port de Plaisance, Le Flamboyant, Privilége, Beach Plaza and Meridien and, in June 1997, participated of Fête de la Musique in the Saint Martin's marina, playing for thousands of people. In May 2004, she was part of the group that represented Brazil at the IV Beijing Art Festival, China.

She also recorded MPB classics, like Samba do Aviao (Jobim) and Mas Que Nada (Benjor) in the CD Tranka & Marcia - Sob Medida (with maestro Tranka Oliveira). She also recorded three unreleased songs (two as co-author) that are on sale only on the digital platform: (Canção) Pro Nosso Tom (Tranka Oliveira), Sentidos (Marcia Calmon - Tranka Oliveira) and O Sol (Tranka Oliveira).


In her solo career, Marcia performed at famous nightclubs such as Rio Scenarium (Lapa, RJ), Vinícius Bar (Ipanema, RJ) and Panorama Piano-Bar (Leblon, RJ). Now, presents the most recent: Noites Cariocas (Nights from Rio). With texts by Marcia Calmon and arrangements by Tranka Oliveira, the show goes through the nightlife of Rio de Janeiro of the twentieth century. Only Marcia (voice) and Tranka (keyboard and acoustic guitar) are on stage, playing a repertoire with Tome Polca (Luís Peixoto - José Maria de Abreu), Dancyn' Days (Nelson Motta - Rubens Queirós), Samba na Arpège (Waldir Calmon - Luís Bandeira), Onde Anda Você (Toquinho - Vinícius), Tico-Tico no Fubá (Zequinha de Abreu), Balanço Zona Sul (Tito Madi), Nada Além (Mário Lago - Custodio Mesquita), Por Causa de Você (Dolores Duran - Tom Jobim), Saigon (Cartier), Rapaz de Bem (Johnny Alf) and others.

You can listen to two interviews, in portuguese, with Marcia: one about Waldir Calmon, including trivia and stories of her father, and the second one about her career and the new show - both with a lot of music! You can also see her singing some chorinhos on YouTube, with Tranka at the acoustic guitar, by clicking here.  Marcia Calmon and Tranka Oliveira also provide live music and shows for many kinds of events and they book artists for bossa-nova, chorinho, traditional samba and brazilian carnaval (including dancers, capoeiras, percussionists and beautiful carnaval costumes). We can provide you with any size ensemble.


Tranka Oliveira

Tranka Oliveira

Tancredo "Tranka" Oliveira was born in Valença, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and  he has played in the best nightclubs of Rome, New York and Rio de Janeiro, as Flag, 706 and Number One (click here to listen to Tranka playing with the north-american singer Spanky Wilson at Number One nightclub). In 1976, went on world tour with the american singer Harry Belafonte  and played with Bob Friedman when he lived at the USA. At Brasil, he played with great artists, like Gonzaguinha, Marlene (click here to listen to two  tracks from the historic Marlene's show Te Pego Pela Palavra, 1974, with Tranka playing electric bass), Emílio Santiago, Luizinho Eça, Chiquinho do Acordeon, Luís Carlos Vinhas and Erlon Chaves. Since 1979, Tranka has been organizing shows for the largest folkloric show house in Latin America, called Plataforma (click here to listen to some tracks of the latest Plataforma show) and directed many brazilian shows in Europe and United States. When he lived in Italy and France, he was a music professor and plays keyboard, guitar, bass (eletric and acoustic), saxophone and flute. Composes jingles (click here to listen to some) for radio and television and has worked as arranger maestro for Television Globo in the 90's. His songs have been recorded by artists such as Maria Betânia Alcione Beth Carvalho Grupo Raça Negritude Júnior  e Neguinho da Beija-Flor:

Celular
(Tranka - Toninho Nascimento - Noca da Portela) com Wander Pires

Ilumina (Tranka - Toninho Nascimento - Noca da Portela) com Maria Bethânia

Pagando Pra Ver (Tranka - Toninho Nascimento - Noca da Portela) com Alcione

Perdas e Danos (Tranka - Toninho Nascimento - Noca da Portela) com Beth Carvalho

Tamandaré (Tranka - Toninho Nascimento - Noca da Portela) com o grupo Raça

Amor Pela Metade (Tranka - Toninho Nascimento - Noca da Portela) com Negritude Júnior
 

Cena de Ciúme (Tranka - Toninho Nascimento - Noca da Portela)  com Neguinho da Beija-Flor

Tranka has also played piano, keyboard and acoustic guitar in sophisticated Caribbean hotels for about five years. In Brazil, Marcia Calmon and Tranka Oliveira set up orchestras for major events, such as New Year's Eve and Carnival. At the end of 1999, they formed a big orchestra for the Millennium New Year's Eve at the Copacabana Beach (event organized by Globo TV and directed by Roberto Talma). The orchestra accompanied the singers Marlene, Emilinha Borba and Virginia Lane before the traditional fireworks. After midnight, the Maestro Tranka Orchestra returned to the stage to cheer up the great public that remained on the sands of the famous Copacabana Beach, RJ. In the carnival of 2004, the same orchestra animated the official city carnival ball Baile do Havaí, along with the school of samba Beija-Flor, at Morro da Urca.

If you want to read about other brazilian artists, visit the Cravo Albin Dictionary of Brazilian Popular Music.

Dicionário Ricardo Cravo Albin de Música Popular Brasileira