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