Bossa nova beats strong

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - Tanya MacNaughton

THERE could not be many 13year-olds as in­fat­u­ated with bossa nova mu­sic as Brazil­ian singer Ju­liana Areias was while grow­ing up in Sao Paulo.

Smit­ten with the style, it earned her the nick­name Bossa Nova Baby, that is fit­tingly the ti­tle of her first al­bum of orig­i­nal songs launched at Elling­ton Jazz Club on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 7, which also hap­pens to be the singer’s 40th birth­day.

“The show will have about 12 mu­si­cians help­ing me cel­e­brate on stage like a car­ni­val,” Areias said. “My style is Brazil­ian mu­sic in root, so I’m still play­ing and singing Brazil­ian rhythms, but with jazz mu­si­cians.”

The mother of two said the tal­ent in Perth’s jazz scene, thanks to WAAPA, had amazed her when she first moved here eight years ago.

“I’ve never seen so many great mu­si­cians in one city of this size,” she said.

Many of them, in­clud­ing al­bum ar­ranger and com­poser Pete Jeav­ons, Gra­ham Wood, Ray Walker, Mar­cio Men­des, Chris Tarr and Paul Mil­lard, will join Areias on stage af­ter help­ing make her long-awaited dream come true.

“I’ve wanted to cre­ate an orig­i­nal al­bum for 15 years,” she said. “There are songs on there that I wrote when I was 19 and there is an­other I wrote dur­ing record­ing.”

Bossa Nova Baby fea­tures the spec­trum of Brazil­ian mu­sic, jazz and pop songs, 11 recorded in Por­tuguese and one in English.

Areias re­ceived a grant from Gov­ern­ment of West­ern Australia’s Depart­ment of Cul­ture and the Arts fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful crowd-fund­ing cam­paign.

THE ESSEN­TIALS

Pic­ture: Mar­cus Whisson www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d432393

Ju­liana Areias will launch her al­bum Bossa Nova Baby at Elling­ton Jazz Club this week­end.

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