Filmed at the São Paulo Opera House and at the University of Sâo Paulo Amphitheater in May, 1974

In 1974, after recording his first Clube da Esquina album, Milton Nascimento emerged to a resounding success with a series of public presentations which established a radical and qualitative transformation in his career.

The show Milagre dos Peixes, performed and recorded live at the São Paulo Opera House with a Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Maestro Paulo Moura, arrangements by Paulo Moura and Wagner Tiso, together with Som Imaginário Ensemble, whose sound was very much akin to Milton’s, has set up a landmark in the Brazilian showbiz.

Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Paulo Moura
Arrangements by Paulo Moura and Wagner Tiso
Som Imaginário Ensemble:
Luís Alves - Bass
Robertinho Silva - Drums
Toninho Horta - Electric Guitar
Nivaldo Ornelas - Sax and Flute
Wagner Tiso – Keyboards

At that time, Sérvulo Siqueira and Márcio Borges, both Milton’s friends from his native Minas Gerais, made up a decision to register for posterity the images and sounds of that event.

Equipped with two 16 mm cameras, one Nagra recorder, and along with a small production crew, they documented Milton’s gatherings with old friends, candid walkings and promenades through picturesque places in downtown São Paulo, intervals during the rehearsals, and meetings with the press.

The highlights of the footage were, however, the concert at the São Paulo Opera House and a performance at the campus of the University of São Paulo.

A workprint was made available and extensively showed all over, being exhibited at the Pompidou Center, in Paris, in the Republic of Cuba and at Universities in the U.S.

The film clip San Pablo - shot on a time when the word videoclip was not even mentioned and screened at Brazilian theatres from 1979 to 1984 - shows fragments from that historical document.

The much anticipated movie Milagre dos Peixes was never completed.

Brazil never became the country dreamed of by most of people who watched the concert by Milton Nascimento and the Som Imaginário Ensemble at the University of São Paulo Amphitheater in May 1974.

The documentary Songs of Paradise has tried to preserve the most significant sounds and images from those days so that future
generations may understand our history and use that knowledge to make a better world.


Photography and camera: José Sette de Barros Filho
Second unity camera: Errol Sasse
Direct sound and editing : Geraldo Veloso
Final edition: Sérvulo Siqueira
Online editors: Luiz Alberto and Fábio Durão
Stills: Cafi
Direction: Sérvulo Siqueira and Márcio Borges
Running time: 35’

Photography and camera: Zézinho Sette
Second unity camera: Errol Sasse
Direct sound: Geraldo Veloso
Edition: Sérgio Rezende
Titles: Cafi
Direction: Sérvulo Siqueira and Márcio Borges
Running time: 9’