The name Nossa Nova, which means ‘our new thing,’ aptly fits this Brazilian jazz duo that brings a fresh element of inventive improvisation to bossa nova and MPB (Música Popular Brasileira), the songs of nostalgia. Joyce Kwon’s wistful, raw voice incorporates the lilting rhythms of Brazil, the jazz harmonies of the States, and the melancholy tones of Korea. Richard Miller’s adventurous, elegant 7-string guitar-playing covers repertoire from Brazilian styles, including choro, samba and forró, to other Latin styles, such as salsa, bolero and tango. Their contrasting personalities create a synergy that warrants close listening. From corporate parties and wedding receptions to restaurant and hotel gigs, Nossa Nova invokes the essence of a cool evening at Copacabana beach, if only while their ephemeral performance lasts.