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  • Biography

    The Polka Nova project was created in London in 2011 by Rafael Valim, a guitarist from São Paulo, Brazil, and Sylvia Hoffmann, a Polish-born Londoner with heavy Brazilian influences, to explore the intriguing musical romance between Europe and Brazil, and the rest of Latin American countries. Performing mostly as a duo or trio, Polka Nova play a quality mix of Brazilian samba grooves and swingy bossa nova melodies, Latin rhythms and jazz standards.

    Polka Nova’s repertoire includes compositions by many highly acclaimed Brazilian composers such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Baden Powell, Vinicius de Moraes, Cartola, Nelson Cavaquinho and Noel Rosa, to name just a few. Non-Brazilian set list boasts songs from the Great American Songbook, as well as hidden jewels of Cuban and World music. The songs are in English, Portuguese, Spanish and even Polish! A typical set list might include Wave, One Note Samba, Corcovado, Mas que nada, Chega de Saudade (No More Blues), My favourite things, Besame mucho and many more.

    Key members:
    Rafael Valim - an accomplished guitarist in his own right, mostly playing his rich-sounding 7-string acoustic guitar (as well the traditional 6-string). A graduate of EM&T (School of Music and Technology), with certificates in Fusion Guitar, Classic Guitar and Music Theory courses, Rafael is a versatile musician whose unique style merges the richly eloquent classical fingering technique and delicate-sounding melodies. When playing, he elegantly glides between different musical genres, interpreting the compositions with great sensitivity and emotion. Apart from being involved in the Polka Nova project, he performs solo, with a repertoire inspired by many influential Brazilian composers such as Garoto, Dilermando Reis, João Pernambuco and Canhoto.

    Sylvia Hoffmann - a vibrant singer from Poland whose voice equally easily lends itself to carnival vibes as to the smoother rhythms of bossa nova, traditional samba, as well as classic and Latin jazz. In love with Brazilian music, she polished her skills performing with samba schools (Paraíso Samba School, Rhythms of the City, London School of Samba) at UK's many festivals and carnival parades, including the Notting Hill Carnival and the carnivals in Luton, Liverpool and Nottingham. For the past three years, she’s been involved in different music projects like Polka Nova, and Roda de Samba Amigos de Londres, an authentic Brazilian ‘circle of samba’.

    Guest musicians are invited on request; the duo has performed with a number of excellent musicians playing flute, saxophone, bass, drums and percussion; varying the line-up from trio to a full band.

    Polka Nova provide quality entertainment at venues, private and corporate events, wine tasting sessions, cocktails, birthday parties and so on. Regular residencies in the past have included Number 1 Bar & Restaurant in London Bridge, Rincon Bar Espanol in Richmond, Candela in Clapton and Pizzeria Gostosa in Willesden Green. Polka Nova have played at the Brazilian Embassy in London (May 2015), at Brazil Day on Trafalgar Square with an authentic Brazilian project Roda de Samba Amigos de Londres (August 2015) and on 6 September - at a bandstand at the Herne Hill Market as part of the Herne Hill Music Festival.


    Recent Clients

    • Brazilian Embassy in London (May 2015)
    • Herne Hill Music Festival (August 2015)
    • Number 1 Bar & Restaurant in London Bridge
    • Rincon Bar Espanol in Richmond
    • Candela in Clapton
    • Pizzeria Gostosa in Willesden Green
  • Prices

    RECEPTION PACKAGE

    £250.00

    "2 x 45 minute set - a choice of subtle jazz and bossa nova classics, low key pop and world tunes will create a relaxing but swingy atmosphere for your guests. A few classical guitar instrumental pieces can be added on request. This line-up is perfect for low-key music backdrop during receptions, meals, cocktails. We arrive 30 mins before the event with our equipment; suitable for a small to medium sized venue For venues outside London, additional travel charges apply

    WEDDING RECEPTION PACKAGE

    £400.00

    "2 x 45 minute set During drinks reception, we will play the standard selection of smooth jazz and bossa nova, as well as carefully chosen love songs. Special requests considered. We arrive 30 mins before the event with our equipment. For venues outside London, additional travel charges apply

    WEDDING CEREMONY PACKAGE

    £300.00

    Subtle guitar and singing as your guests arrive at your ceremony, during the ceremony and as guests exit. Special requests considered. We arrive 30 mins before the event with our equipment. For venues outside London, additional travel charges apply

    PARTY FULL BAND PACKAGE

    £800.00

    "3 x 45 minute set - the full line-up consists of a lively vocalist, guitarist, bass guitar player, drummer and a choice of a keyboard player / saxophonist / violinist. The first set includes slower songs suitable for when guests arrive and sit at their tables / have drinks. The following 2 sets are a mix of more upbeat songs that will make the guests dance. The singer has got a long history of performing with various samba schools across the country so that carnival vibe is always there. Repertoire includes energetic samba and Latin songs, funky 70s covers and popular dance tunes from the last decade. We arrive 1 hour before the event with our equipment. On special request, and for an additional fee of £300, two samba dancers (in traditional carnival costumes) can be invited to liven up the party. For venues outside London, additional travel charges apply

    PARTY TRIO PACKAGE

    £350.00

    "2 x 45 minute set Having the addition of percussion or laidback drums, the trio formation will present a delightful array of different sounds and rhythms that include samba, lively jazz and world standards with a swing. On request, instead of percussion/drums, we can arrange a saxophonist/pianist to accompany us. We arrive 30 mins before the event with our equipment; suitable for a small to medium sized venue For venues outside London, additional travel charges apply

  • Technical Requirements

    We've got our own equipment, including amplifiers and mics. All we need is a socket nearby, and lighting if needed

  • Videos All

    • Polka Nova - One Note Samba 02 (Portuguese...

      486 Views

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  • Reviews (2)

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    Number 1 Bar

    2 months ago

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    Thank you for the amazing night, we see you again on the 12th Sept!

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    Brazil Embassy UK

    2 months ago

    10.010.0

    Thank you guys for your outstanding performance at the private view of the exhibition last night.

  • ABOUT

    Biography

    The Polka Nova project was created in London in 2011 by Rafael Valim, a guitarist from São Paulo, Brazil, and Sylvia Hoffmann, a Polish-born Londoner with heavy Brazilian influences, to explore the intriguing musical romance between Europe and Brazil, and the rest of Latin American countries. Performing mostly as a duo or trio, Polka Nova play a quality mix of Brazilian samba grooves and swingy bossa nova melodies, Latin rhythms and jazz standards.

    Polka Nova’s repertoire includes compositions by many highly acclaimed Brazilian composers such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Baden Powell, Vinicius de Moraes, Cartola, Nelson Cavaquinho and Noel Rosa, to name just a few. Non-Brazilian set list boasts songs from the Great American Songbook, as well as hidden jewels of Cuban and World music. The songs are in English, Portuguese, Spanish and even Polish! A typical set list might include Wave, One Note Samba, Corcovado, Mas que nada, Chega de Saudade (No More Blues), My favourite things, Besame mucho and many more.

    Key members:
    Rafael Valim - an accomplished guitarist in his own right, mostly playing his rich-sounding 7-string acoustic guitar (as well the traditional 6-string). A graduate of EM&T (School of Music and Technology), with certificates in Fusion Guitar, Classic Guitar and Music Theory courses, Rafael is a versatile musician whose unique style merges the richly eloquent classical fingering technique and delicate-sounding melodies. When playing, he elegantly glides between different musical genres, interpreting the compositions with great sensitivity and emotion. Apart from being involved in the Polka Nova project, he performs solo, with a repertoire inspired by many influential Brazilian composers such as Garoto, Dilermando Reis, João Pernambuco and Canhoto.

    Sylvia Hoffmann - a vibrant singer from Poland whose voice equally easily lends itself to carnival vibes as to the smoother rhythms of bossa nova, traditional samba, as well as classic and Latin jazz. In love with Brazilian music, she polished her skills performing with samba schools (Paraíso Samba School, Rhythms of the City, London School of Samba) at UK's many festivals and carnival parades, including the Notting Hill Carnival and the carnivals in Luton, Liverpool and Nottingham. For the past three years, she’s been involved in different music projects like Polka Nova, and Roda de Samba Amigos de Londres, an authentic Brazilian ‘circle of samba’.

    Guest musicians are invited on request; the duo has performed with a number of excellent musicians playing flute, saxophone, bass, drums and percussion; varying the line-up from trio to a full band.

    Polka Nova provide quality entertainment at venues, private and corporate events, wine tasting sessions, cocktails, birthday parties and so on. Regular residencies in the past have included Number 1 Bar & Restaurant in London Bridge, Rincon Bar Espanol in Richmond, Candela in Clapton and Pizzeria Gostosa in Willesden Green. Polka Nova have played at the Brazilian Embassy in London (May 2015), at Brazil Day on Trafalgar Square with an authentic Brazilian project Roda de Samba Amigos de Londres (August 2015) and on 6 September - at a bandstand at the Herne Hill Market as part of the Herne Hill Music Festival.


    Recent Clients

    • Brazilian Embassy in London (May 2015)
    • Herne Hill Music Festival (August 2015)
    • Number 1 Bar & Restaurant in London Bridge
    • Rincon Bar Espanol in Richmond
    • Candela in Clapton
    • Pizzeria Gostosa in Willesden Green
  • PRICES

    Prices

    RECEPTION PACKAGE

    £250.00

    "2 x 45 minute set - a choice of subtle jazz and bossa nova classics, low key pop and world tunes will create a relaxing but swingy atmosphere for your guests. A few classical guitar instrumental pieces can be added on request. This line-up is perfect for low-key music backdrop during receptions, meals, cocktails. We arrive 30 mins before the event with our equipment; suitable for a small to medium sized venue For venues outside London, additional travel charges apply

    WEDDING RECEPTION PACKAGE

    £400.00

    "2 x 45 minute set During drinks reception, we will play the standard selection of smooth jazz and bossa nova, as well as carefully chosen love songs. Special requests considered. We arrive 30 mins before the event with our equipment. For venues outside London, additional travel charges apply

    WEDDING CEREMONY PACKAGE

    £300.00

    Subtle guitar and singing as your guests arrive at your ceremony, during the ceremony and as guests exit. Special requests considered. We arrive 30 mins before the event with our equipment. For venues outside London, additional travel charges apply

    PARTY FULL BAND PACKAGE

    £800.00

    "3 x 45 minute set - the full line-up consists of a lively vocalist, guitarist, bass guitar player, drummer and a choice of a keyboard player / saxophonist / violinist. The first set includes slower songs suitable for when guests arrive and sit at their tables / have drinks. The following 2 sets are a mix of more upbeat songs that will make the guests dance. The singer has got a long history of performing with various samba schools across the country so that carnival vibe is always there. Repertoire includes energetic samba and Latin songs, funky 70s covers and popular dance tunes from the last decade. We arrive 1 hour before the event with our equipment. On special request, and for an additional fee of £300, two samba dancers (in traditional carnival costumes) can be invited to liven up the party. For venues outside London, additional travel charges apply

    PARTY TRIO PACKAGE

    £350.00

    "2 x 45 minute set Having the addition of percussion or laidback drums, the trio formation will present a delightful array of different sounds and rhythms that include samba, lively jazz and world standards with a swing. On request, instead of percussion/drums, we can arrange a saxophonist/pianist to accompany us. We arrive 30 mins before the event with our equipment; suitable for a small to medium sized venue For venues outside London, additional travel charges apply

  • TECHNICAL

    Technical Requirements

    We've got our own equipment, including amplifiers and mics. All we need is a socket nearby, and lighting if needed

  • MEDIA
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    Videos All

    • Polka Nova - Night and Day (Cole Porter co...

      396 Views
    • Polka Nova - Wave

      353 Views
    • Polka Nova - Besame mucho (cover)

      199 Views
    • Polka Nova - One Note Samba 02 (Portuguese...

      486 Views

    Playlist All

  • Reviews

    Reviews (2)

    ADD A REVIEW

    SIGN IN WITH FACEBOOK

    avatar

    Number 1 Bar

    2 months ago

    10.010.0

    Thank you for the amazing night, we see you again on the 12th Sept!

    avatar

    Brazil Embassy UK

    2 months ago

    10.010.0

    Thank you guys for your outstanding performance at the private view of the exhibition last night.

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