Monday’s Music Moves Me: Introducing NOVA

NOVA’s tagline is Born in Brazil, Made In LA. Lead singer Laura Vall is from Barcelona and moved to LA, where she and David Irelan (guitar), Thomas Hjorth (bass), and Mike Papagni (drums) formed NOVA, a bossa nova and jazz quartet, back in 2011. Since then they’ve been performing around LA and on YouTube. They have several albums available on their website, the most recent of which are Volumes 1 and 2 of The NOVA Collection, which contain remastered versions of many of their songs. They also have a couple of live albums and a Christmas album.

The band has a complete playlist, which is well worth listening to, but here is a small taste of their music.

  1. Wave (Antônio Carlos Jobim)
  2. Once I Loved (Jobim, Vincius de Moraes)
  3. Só Danço Samba (Jobim, Moraes)
  4. Tuyo (Rodrigo Amarante)
  5. Corcovado (Jobim)
  6. Desafinado (Jobim, Newton Mendonça)

They’re all over social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and the streaming services (Apple Music, Spotify, Soundcloud), for which links are available on their website.

That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for July 13, 2020.

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27 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Introducing NOVA

  1. This, to me, would be good background music. I listened to this set a couple of days ago in my backyard after work and it was relaxing. The first one was my favorite of the set. Then I got called away and never got back to comment – oops. Appreciate all of your (to me) new music finds.


  2. Oh my gosh, I love it! I’ll have to check out the rest of their playlist when I have a bit more time. I’ve always liked Bossa Nova music, but have really stepped it up after watching Girls From Ipanema.



    1. The album Getz did with João Gilberto (and Gilberto’s wife Astrud) is a bossa nova classic. The music was so popular Frank Sinatra even did a couple of albums with Antonio Carlos Jobim. Vince Guaraldi did a few bossa nova albums as well (The Latin Side of Vince Guaraldi and the albums he did with Bola Sete) that are worth hearing.


  3. Beautiful sounds – smooth and mellow! Thanks for the introduction to Nova. Visions of Brazil, floating through the mind. 🙂


  4. Well, this is different. What a lovely voice she has especially when she holds that note what a lovely vibrator she has, but I always wondered a band such as this why do they look so blah. You know, smile once in a while… sheesh! I must say that it’s a really great jazz tune to me. Great choice John… thanks for the introduction & have a great day!


    1. “Laid back” might be a better description. I think it’s because, if you try to be a little more animated, it loses the peaceful nature.


  5. John,

    Thanks for the introduction of Nova with Laura’s lovely vocals and the talented mewsicians accompanying her. I’m bookmarking the first song so I can sample more of their mewsic. They have that old school charm. This is the kind of mewsic I can get lost in while doing other things. Have a boogietastic week and thanks for joining the party today, my friend!


    1. I have a link to their full playlist there, and I posted a six-song playlist. I think you can also stream them off their website. They’re fantastic, aren’t they?

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    1. That other playlist is a pretty comprehensive one, but they’ve been releasing even more during the quarantine. You might want to follow them on YouTube and get their updates. That way you don’t miss anything…


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