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Victoria Newton's Brazilian Festa
Tuesday 16 May 7.00pm
Victoria has been serenading audiences for many years here in Perth, and also in the UK where she was recognised as one of the most exciting and dynamic singers on the London jazz scene. Victoria is a highly versatile musician moving effortlessly between jazz, contemporary and Brazilian jazz genres, the last of which Victoria fell in love with when she was studying jazz at WAAPA many years ago.
This passion for Brazilian music blossomed when she moved to London and joined Latin jazz bands Cayenne and Samara. Several years later she had the wonderful opportunity to collaborate with UK saxophonist and composer, Paul Booth, and his original Brazilian band Oxala. This collaboration has continued through the years, and in 2014 Victoria recorded 5 songs on Paul Booth’s Patchwork Project, a recording project which features a plethora of musicians and combines rhythms from Brazil, Peru, India and western grooves mixed with strong melodies and harmonies influenced by jazz, folk and popular song. This CD release culminated in 2 performances at the 2014 London International Jazz Festival.
Victoria also had a cheeky stint as a pop star in the mid 1990s with UK dance/pop group Strike and their massive hit ‘U Sure Do’. The success of this single followed by 4 UK top 40 hits and the critically acclaimed album ‘I Saw the Future’ saw a whirlwind of TV appearances including MTV and BBC’s Top of the Pops, and touring to many countries around the world. Victoria’s vocal performance on ‘I Saw the Future’ has been described as “outstanding throughout” (Dream Magazine) and her live performances “simply stunning”, with “staggering vocals” (M8 magazine).
Tonight Victoria will combine exquisite songs from Brazil, wiith dance-floor/remix style grooves, and raging jazz solos from Perth’s ridiculously talented musicians including Daniel Susnjar, Karl Florrison, Ricki Malet, and Luke Minness….
So – put your Tuesday night dancing shoes on and get ready to party in style!