Calling her an “L.A. singer-songwriter” doesn't quite do the job when it comes to describing this local jewel. Mia Doi Todd is a valuable presence for her gracefully conceived, wonderfully intimate songcraft, often in the art-folk mold, gingerly plucked on acoustic guitar and sung crystalline, like a dewy flower petal reflecting sunlight. Yet it's her sonic point of view over several solo albums that reveals Todd's intriguing range and depth, from Chilean folk tunes to gentle variations on Afro samba to rather radical remixes in collaboration with electronic/DJ artists. She's just released the album Floresta (City Zen), a miraculously spare and pure collection of classic Brazilian songs by Caetano Veloso, Antônio Carlos Jobim, Milton Nascimento, Tom Zé and other greats. Todd doesn't just sing these songs, she confesses them, and it's a thing of beauty.
Mon., Sept. 15, 9 p.m., 2014
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