Vida Nova is acknowledged as the UK's premier Brazilian Funk Project.
It came into being when singer/songwriter Lisa Brown formed the nucleus of a band that would take as it's main source the music of Brazil.
She involved pianist/arranger John Crawford, drummer Tristan Banks, percussionist/singer Oli Albergaria Saville and bassist Rob Statham.
In their first year Vida Nova played over 50 gigs in and around the London area and quickly established itself as a band that has that rare combination of superlative writing/arranging, formidable musicianship and a tremendous on-stage energy.
In 1998 bassist Nick Cohen joined the band and Lisa and John found themselves busy writing more and more original material. Whilst the music of Brazil is the prime influence, they also put in much of their own musical background, just as every member does in their own performance during Vida Nova gigs.
Vida Nova released their debut album "It's Our Dance" in 1999 to much critical acclaim and released their second in 2001.