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By assimilating, and evolving the music of Brazil’s bossa nova originators, Canadian duo Bet.e & Stef has soared from performing in clubs and bistros in Montréal to performing in Japan within a three-year span.

The very character of Bet.e & Stef’s new album “Day By Day” is its intimacy and timelessness. Despite being complex and witty overall, its music feels natural and universal. Primarily produced by Bet.e & Stef with producer/arranger Michel Pépin, who has worked with Rufus Wainwright, and Emmy Lou Harris, it features gentle and reserved guitar by Stef who has a smooth precise voice; Bet. e’s wonderful velvety vocals; and sparse, tasteful accompaniment.

“We try not to clutter up the songs,” explains Bet.e. “We are with the ‘less is more’ approach. Pauses speak just as much as the notes and make listeners appreciate what’s coming.”

Adds Stef, “We’re trying to stay timeless with our music.”

Bet.e & Stef’s singular take on Brazilian rhythms resulted in their striking 10-song debut CD, “Jazz/Bossa Nova” in 1998. Produced by Stef and Marc Dessaulles, it featured such bossa nova favourites as “So Danço Samba,” and “One Note Samba.”

“Jazz/Bossa Nova” was a compilation of two earlier released cassettes.

In 1995, Bet.e & Stef released the five-song cassette, titled “Bet.e & Stef,” recorded for $500. In 1997, the duo recorded another cassette, also called “Bet.e & Stef,” costing $2,000. Montréal music retailers then persuaded the duo to release a CD, resulting in “Jazz/Bossa Nova”.

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