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Juliana Areias - Chico Brasileiro Concert
Saturday 18 September 7.00pm
Roll-up for an entrancing night of rhythms, sultry songs and evocative stories from the country of bossa nova, samba and carnival with Perth’s own Brazilian singer-songwriter and “best Album USA” award winner – Juliana Areias, the “Bossa Nova Baby”.
Juliana Areias invites you to immerse your senses in the sounds, characters and many faces of Brazil through the music of Chico Buarque de Hollanda, or simply Chico – Brazil’s most acclaimed and multifaceted composer, lyricist, playwright, author and poet.
Chico’s music describes with emotion, lyricism, wit, social critique and mastery the feelings, desires, fortunes and misadventures of Brazilian people from all walks of life, genders, ages and dreams. His songs are like a Brazilian Carnival parade, where poets, clowns, pirates, lovers, rejected suitors, cabaret singers, vagabonds, politicians, married couples, divorced couples, kids, mothers, fathers, tradesmen, doctors, soccer-players, artists, dreamers and the cynical all dance together, celebrating the colourful cultural diversity and contradictions that makes Brazil’s culture, music and art so fascinating.
From the 1960s until now, Chico has produced over 60 original music albums and DVDs, and over 15 best-selling books, plays and films. His songs were censored during Brazil’s Military Dictatorship but in 2019 Chico was awarded the Camões Prize, the most important prize for literature in the Portuguese language. Being the first son of one of the most important Brazilian historians, sociologist and journalist Sergio Buarquede Hollanda, Chico grew up surrounded by academics, poets, intellectuals, diplomats such as Vinicius de Moraes – the most import lyricist of Bossa Nova. While finding time to play soccer with Bob Marley and other celebrities, he has also co-composed many iconic songs with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Djavan, Roberto Menescal, Edu Lobo, Francis Hime to name a few. He has also created the famous Brazilian kid’s play and album called “Os Saltimbancos” which has already been presented in Perth 3 times. Juliana Areias played “The Cat” in the first production. For this vibrant concert, Juliana Areais will have the pleasure of inviting the two other “Cats” – played by Viviane Coentro and Mari Mazzio – so they can all perform “The Cat Song” together at The Ellington. She is also inviting two more very special guests; director-singer Edu França and singer-musician Arthur Freitas to interpret two other important Chico Buarque songs.
Juliana Areias has performed on major stages internationally including the Sydney Opera House, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London, the Green Room in New York, the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Auckland Festival in New Zealand and the legendary Beco das Garrafas in Rio de Janeiro.
Now it is your turn to be entranced by the authentic musical stylings of the Bossa Nova Baby herself, Juliana Areias.
– “The toast of the Perth Jazz Scene. The release of Bossa Nova Baby has elevated her above a mere covers singer or bossa specialist. The singer excels in an elegant co-composed duet (Belas Artes) with Australia’s finest Brazilian-oriented 7-string guitarist, Doug de Vries”.– The Australian – Tony Hillier
– “It’s bossa that plays soccer with Jazz – as it has since the 60’s – and scoring a goal. Bossa Nova Baby” is a welcome surprise of great Brazilian music, made far away.” – O GLOBO– Brazil– Antonio Carlos Miguel – Music critic and judge member of the Latin Grammy Award.
– “The idea of mixing styles and cultures is reflected in Areias’ life and her music” – Daily Record, USA – Bill Nutt
More information at: www.julianaareias.com