JULIANA AREIAS - IN BRIEF – The story so far…
Brazilian Music is more in evidence than ever through the voice of Brazilian singer Juliana Areias. With over a year of consecutive sold out concerts around Australia, Brazilian Singer Juliana Areias, based in Perth is already a reference in the local music scene and abroad. She has also lived for many years in Europe (Switzerland) and New Zealand prior to moving to Australia. Always working in the music circuit, her career includes a performance at the revered Montreau Jazz Festival. Her authentic Brazilian voice, sense of groove, engaging charisma and a very personal and passionate stage presence are the trademarks of her work.
Born in Sao Paulo, Juliana began her professional artistic career as an actor at the age of 13.
Known as The Bossa Nova Baby – a nickname given by Brazilian journalist Ruy Castro (author of Bossa Nova’s history book Chega de Saudade) during her teenage years– Juliana’s love for this seductive music evolved into a desire to become a professional singer after meeting and learning directly from some of its creators.
After a short period living in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, she moved to Salvador, one of the most musical and vibrant Brazilian cities where she first performed as a singer in the idyllic Itapuã Lighthouse Beach – a magic place that has always inspired major Brazilian poets and composers such as Vinícius de Morais. From the sands of Itapuã Beach to the world, Juliana Areias is an authentic Brazilian singer and composer living overseas since 1996.
Juliana Areias music embraces several shades of the Brazilian music spectrum and its resonance upon jazz and other international musical styles. Her repertoire consists of an interesting blend of original tunes composed with local and international music partners around the world; as well as her own interpretation and fusions of contemporary tendencies and timeless bossa nova, samba, chorinho and baiao classics from top Brazilian composers such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Djavan, Lenine,Pixinguinha, Joao Bosco, Guinga, Chico Buarque, Gilberto Gil, Ivan Lins, Arlindo Cruz, Joyce, Rosa Passos, Ceu and Maria Gadu.
BIO – IN DETAIL – If you want to know more..
In 1991, she met the journalist and writer, Ruy Castro – author of the bestseller book : “ Chega de Saudade – the history and the stories of Bossa Nova”. Ruy Castro’s nicknamed Juliana “The Bossa Nova Baby” and thanks to him she went behind the scenes, watching rehearsals and concerts of legendary musicians and composers who have created and kept the Bossa Nova musical movement alive: Ronaldo Boscoli, Luizinho Eça, Claudette Soares, Miele, Peri Ribeiro, Tião Neto ( Tom Jobim‘s bandbassist), João Donato, Roberto Menescal, Carlos Lyra, Wanda Sa, Marcos Valle, Joyce, Ancelmo de Carvalho, Carlos Vinhas, Maurício Einhorn, Johnny Alf, Tito Madi, Billy Blanco, Toquinho, Leny Andrade, Rosa Passos, Leila Pinheiro, Alaíde Costa, Os Cariocas, Zimbo Trio, Garganta Profunda, Carlos Coutinho, Adriano de Oliveira,Lúcio Nascimento; Sivuca, Gilson Peranzzeta, Sebastião Tapajós, Luizão Maia, irmãos Araken e Moacyr Peixoto, e Wellington Romano. As a result of these experiences her love for Bossa nova evolved into a desire to become a professional singer.
After a short period living in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, she moved to Salvador, one of the most musical and vibrant Brazilian cities. While working as an artistic manager and business partner of the company named “Atelier do Ivo Gato – Artistic Productions” – she was involved with creating, co-ordinating, producing and directing large events and set designs for cinema, TV and theatrical plays, including the Super Production “Lidia de Oxum – the Black Opera”, directed by Paulo Dourado, and conducted by Júlio Medaglia at the “Castro Alves Theatre” in 1995.
In Salvador, Juliana began performing informally as a singer with Carlinhos Franco and Vainer Dias Gomes at “Sariga’s beach kiosk” in the idyllic Itapuã Lighthouse Beach – a magic place that has always inspired major Brazilian poets and composers such as Vinícius de Morais, Dorival Caymmi, Caetano Veloso, and Gilberto Gil. Her musical debut by the sea creates a special analogy with her surname Areias which in Portuguese means “beach sands”.
From the sands of Itapuã Beach to the world, Juliana Areias is an authentic Brazilian singer and composer living overseas since 1996.
She has worked the European music circuit performing as an independent and freelancer vocalist with Amazonia, Jazz Brasil, Sambrasil, Cachasamba, Jazz Orange, Tupi or not Tupi, Fofao do Cavaco – at major events such as : The Montreux Jazz Festival 1998, The Cairo International Song Festival 1999; Geneva Festival ( Fete de Geneve); ONU’ conferences , “Mason Paulo Freire ‘ seminars and workshops and French TV2 broadcastings. She has also studied at the Geneva Popular Conservatory and at the Mason de la Musique and she has been part of the “Compagnie Vice versa Musical Productions” directed by the French singer Ingrid Wildemann.
Moving to New Zealand at the end of 2000, Juliana Areias performed at The Montana Jazz Festival 2001/2/3, The America’s Cup 2003, The Jambalaya Festival 2003/4 and The Auckland Festival2003/5. She also opened the international Musicals Chicago and Lady Salsa as well as performing on several TV, Radio Channels and for Government’s Conferences, performing with Bel Bossa, Soul Brasil, Brisa Louca, Corcovado, Mombasa, Baque Virando, AK Samba, Samba Maracanã and Vox Nova.
From 2000 to 2007, introduced by the musician Mani Fagundes, she also worked for the University of Auckland as a tutor, research assistant and Brazilian Music Expert for the Free Samba Project, created and coordinated by Dr. Christopher Naughton – PhD in Music Education. The project consisted of performing and teaching Brazilian Music, Dance and Culture – with authentic instruments imported by the university – to students from Tertiary, Secondary and Primary schools and to the open community in general. The aim was to promote multicultural awareness, integrating new possibilities, influences and elements to inspire and fuse with the New Zealand Culture. As Juliana Areias passionately explains: “ Brazilian Culture and Music are strongly recognised worldwide for their richness, reflecting the great racial and cultural miscegenation of Brazil and for their ability to continually absorb influences from all races, infuse them with their own strong roots and send the results back out into the world as a new and authentic Brazilian Cultural manifestation.” The outcome of this project has indeed created a positive Brazilian influence within New Zealand Contemporary music which is evident in the work of bands such as, “Batucada Sound Machine” , founded by James Hughes – former student of the Free Samba Project. BSM has already performed at The WOMAD Festival in London, at The Sydney Festival and at The Perth International Festival in 2009.
To know more about the Free Samba Project Research, read “The Thrill of Making a Racket : Nietzsche, Heidegger and Community Samba in Schools” by Dr.Christopher Naughton – PhD in Music Education /Founder and director of the projet .
Juliana Areias’ official debut concert in Perth occurred in March 2009, a full house concert at Kulcha – The Multicultural Arts Centre of WA in Fremantle, where she presented Aquarela, So Brazil and Ginga Brazil projects consecutively. Since then she has established a name for herself and has become the most prominent reference in Brazilian Music around Australia with continuous sold out performances at the prestigious Ellington Jazz Club in Perth as well as special guest appearances in Asia and interstate presentations such as her performance at the Ritmo Festival in Darling Harbour- Sydney for 30.000 people on September 2011.
Juliana Areias has recorded for the poet, composer and Brazilian diplomat Marcio Catunda, since 1997 , being part of albums produced in Switzerland, Bulgaria, Brazil, Spain and Portugal. Her own album with her original compositions is still to come. Listen to a live version of Mare Cheia – composed by Johannes Dimyadi and Juliana Areias.