Happy Harmony Week! A celebration of the extraordinary cultural diversity of Western Australia! In this week, Juliana Areias is honoured to be one of the Arts nominees of the Western Australia Multicultural Awards 2022 and be among artists she admires!
Congratulation to all winners and nominees of the ten award categories. Special congrats to winners Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa (Arts Award) and City of Stirling (Local Government Award) to their pivotal work! Two thirds of the population of the City of Stirling comes from a diverse background and it is beautiful to see how much this is valued and celebrated by its local government! The culture and the arts are always very alive and well supported by The City of Stirling!
Last weekend, the true colours of generosity, femininity, plurality, friendship and the arts were present at the magical Brazilian Divas Concert – a celebration of International Women’s Day, at The Scarborough Amphitheatre last Saturday 12 March 2022. This free open air concert at the heart of Scarborough Beach (City of Stirling) featured Juliana Areias with her Bossa Nova Baby Band , plus over 20 female singers and performers as her special guests – celebrating the International Women’s Day as well as the extraordinary diversity and talent we have in Western Australia.
Juliana Areias sends all her love and gratitude to all involved on stage and behind the scenes and to everyone who came to celebrate the special occasion!
Thank you so much to Bamboo Production, Fyme, Sandpit Dancing Scarborough,Brazil WA, Rio 40 for the vision and opportunity. To all performers and production team for making this dream come true. The Bossa Nova Baby Band featured: Juliana Areias-lead singer, Joshua de Silva- seven string guitars and vocals, Paul Millard-sax and flute, Rafael Medeiros de Souza-percussion and Filipe Rimis-drums and backing vocals. Special guests singers in alphabetical order: Brenda Lee, Danielle de Silva, Lois Olney, Luciana Negroni, Mariah HLatywayo, Renata Garcia Mello, Victoria Newton and actors Mari Mazzio and Viviane Coentro. Female Drumming group Banda Ziriguidum , featuring over 10 nationalities and composed by: Aartee Vindetzis, Bianca Costa, Brigitte Underwood Legeron (Afro-dancer – Oxum Dance), Claire Hegarty, Denise Salomao, Emilie Miesch, Jimena Garcia Vega, Karen Hill, Laila Santos Oliveira, Miranda Wiltshire, Patricia Costa, Rikki Walsh and Sandrinha Barbosa. Production and support team featuring: Juliana Areias as artistic director, Alice de Freitas – graphic designer, Eduardo de Franca – stage support, Fábio Macarrao – drumming conductor and stage sound tech, Fábio Rosa – photographer, Geoffrey Drake-Brockman – presenter, John Roberts – venue manager, sound and film, Mari Mazzio general production, Raquel Ribeiro Louro -support and Wilsinho Torres – filmmaker.
Juliana Areias celebrates: “Thank you my dear samba de gafieira family and Perth Samba – Perth Forro, your beautiful dance moves while I am singing fill my heart with joy! Thank you dear friends and musos who came to support us and enjoy the show, including Annalisa Powell, Randa Khamis & James Vinciullo, Mike Burns, Matt Price and The Walker! It is always wonderful to see musos supporting musos! Thank you to all WA music lovers and the Brazilian Community for being there! We put a lot of love on what we do and all we do is always for you. Thank you Perth, this amazing city we all are so lucky to call home !”
Juliana Areias & The Bossa Nova Baby Band
Brazilian singer-songwriter Juliana Areias & her Bossa Nova Baby Band invite you to “Brazilian Divas” – free concert at Scarborough Amphitheatre, a celebration of International Women’s Day and WA extraordinary cultural diversity – this Saturday 12 March 2022, 6pm.
Juliana Areias – Bossa Nova Baby Band is composed by a blazing line-up of sensational musicians – showcasing the amazing talent and cultural diversity we are so lucky to have in Perth. Juliana is honoured to share the stage on this musical journey to the Feminine Universe with the grooviest cats in town: Paul Millard – sax/flute, Joshua de Silva – seven string hybrid guitars, Filipe Rimis – drums, and percussionist Rafael Medeiro de Souza. The band has been performing together for almost 4 years, although some of the members – Paul Millard and drummer Bronton Ainsworth – have been together with Juliana Areias already for 12 years. All together they have enchanted audiences with multiple sold-out performances at The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth Festival, Jazz by the Beach Festival, WAM Festival, Harmony Week, Fremantle Arts Centre, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre and 2022 New Year Event at Indigo Oscar (Indiana House – iconic Cottesloe landmark).
Based in Perth since 2007, Juliana Areias has performed on major stages internationally including the Sydney Opera House, Ronnie Scott’s in London, Green Room in New York, Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Fukiagi Hall in Japan, Auckland Festival in New Zealand and the legendary Beco das Garrafas in Rio de Janeiro. In Perth some of her iconic performances include: Koort Boodja – Heartland 2022 at the Perth Concert Hall with West Coast Philharmonic Orchestra, Perth Festival, Kings Park Festival, Perth International Jazz Festival and at the Western Australian of the Year Ceremony 2021 with The Perth Symphony Orchestra. Her first original album “Bossa Nova Baby” produced in Perth reached the top 100 USA Jazz Charts in 2019-2020. She has also been nominated five times for Western Australian Music Awards including Best World Music Act and Best Song.
At Brazilian Divas, they will present some of the most acclaimed Brazilian songs, female composers and interpreters of all times with an extraordinary lineup of WA special guest artists singing in Portuguese.
Juliana Areias ‘s special guests short bios:
Indigenous Australian Jazz legend Lois Olney is Juliana Areias’s special guest of honour at “Brazilian Divas” – free concert at Scarborough Amphitheatre a celebration of International Women’s Day – this Saturday 12 March 2022 6pm.
A singer with a distinctive, blues-bound style, she is a unique storyteller and a symbol of resilience having faced a number of personal challenges in her life.
Lois was born in her mother’s country at Roebourne, in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Her father was a Yamatji man from Meekatharra. Her story is of the stolen generation and reconnection to family and culture. For Lois, healing the wounds of stolen generation is a life long journey, but as she shares in her story, “music helps heal the people that I love and the sorrow that we all have in common.”
Lois Olney and Juliana Areias performed together at the Western Australian of the Year 2021 Ceremony as soloists of The Perth Symphony Orchestra. At Brazilian Divas, Lois Olney will be accompanied by her guitarist Dave Johnson.
Western Australian Lady of Jazz and UK Pop Star Victoria Newton is Juliana Areias’s special guest at “Brazilian Divas” – free concert at Scarborough Amphitheatre a celebration of International Women’s Day – this Saturday 12 March 2022, 6pm.
Recognised as one of the most exciting and dynamic singers on the WA & London jazz scene, Victoria Newton has appeared at many festivals including The London International Jazz Festival, The Soho Jazz Festival and at The Perth Internacional Jazz Festival. However one of Victoria’s favorite gigs to date has been performing Brazilian music whilst cruising up the Amazon! 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 Newton and Juliana Areias have performed together at The Kings Park Festival and The Ellington Jazz Club. At Brazilian Divas, they will be together on stage again presenting a tribute to one of their favourite female Brazilian singer-composers.
Australian-Eurasian Lady of Jazz, Brenda Lee is Juliana Areias’s special guest at “Brazilian Divas” – free concert at Scarborough Amphitheatre a celebration of International Women’s Day – this Saturday 12 March 2022, 6pm.
A descend of Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese, and Irish ancestors, Brenda Lee was born in Kuala Lumpur and grew up in historical Portuguese speaking Malacca before relocating to Perth, Australia in her early teens. Trained as a jazz vocalist at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Brenda has traveled and performed in Sydney, Kuala Lumpur, New York and Canada with a diverse range of established jazz artists around the globe.
Brenda Lee and Juliana Areias have co-produced concerts including “ The Ladies of Latin Jazz at St George’s College Quad – UWA, and “Coraçao” at The Ellington Jazz Club and Fremantle Jazz Club. At Brazilian Divas, they will perform together one of their favourite Brazilian samba hits of all times.
Female Drumming Group Banda Ziriguidum is Juliana Areias’s special guest at “Brazilian Divas” – free concert at Scarborough Amphitheatre a celebration of International Women’s Day – this Saturday 12 March 2022, 6pm.
Banda Ziriguidum was born in 2012 in Salvador, Bahia when its founders – Sandrinha Barbosa, Karen Hill, Miranda Wiltshire and Claire Hegarty visited Brazil during Carnaval.
Inspired by Brazilian most iconic female drumming group “Banda Dida”, Banda Ziriguidum deeply believes in the power of women and cultural diversity. The band is currently composed by women from 10 different countries: Brazil, England , Australia, Japan, Argentina, Mexico, Seychelles and France and Mauritius; and their youngest player Bianca Costa is 12 years old. Others members of the band are: Brigitte Underwood Legeron, Rikki Walsh, Aartee Vindetzis, Emilie Miesch, Denise Salomao, Laila Santos Oliveira, Jimena Garcia Vega, Patricia Costa, Bianca Costa.
Ziriguidum and Juliana Areias will perform for the very first time together at The Brazilian Divas concert, a dream about to come true. This presentation will also features their special guest and instructor Fabio Macarrao. They will present a tribute to Bahia and the Afro-Brazilian rhythms and Orixas.
Extraordinary Gospel-Jazz singer-composer Mariah HLatywayo is Juliana Areias’s special guest at “Brazilian Divas” – free concert at Scarborough Amphitheatre a celebration of International Women’s Day – this Saturday 12 March 2022, 6pm.
Mariah Hlatywayo is a singer songwriter and drummer from Perth, WA. Inspired by her upbringing in a musical family and studies as a jazz vocalist at The Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts, her songs are a mix of jazz and gospel harmonies with infectious Latin American rhythms that are sure to get you dancing and singing along. Mariah’s debut single ‘My One and Only One Jesus’ was released on the 18th of November, 2021. It draws on her own life experiences and Christian faith to uplift and encourage people from all walks of life.
Mariah Hlatywayo and Juliana Areias have previously performed together at The Ellington Jazz Club. At Brazilian Divas, they will present a tribute to Bossa Nova also featuring Mariah’s brother Joshua de Silva on vocals and seven string guitar.
Danielle de Silva
One of Perth’s greatest new talents Australian-Sri-Lankan singer-songwriter Danielle de Silva is Juliana Areias’s special guest at “Brazilian Divas” – free concert at Scarborough Amphitheatre a celebration of International Women’s Day – this Saturday 12 March 2022, 6pm.
Danielle de Silva’s melodic voice and heartfelt songs are inspired by human expression, personal experience and faith. This 21 years old full artist has recently graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) with a Diploma in Contemporary Performance(2020) and released her debut single titled, ‘The Player,’ in March 2021. She performed for the WAM festival 2021 and she presents regular concerts at The Lyrics Underground, The Bird and other music venues around WA.
Danielle de Silva and Juliana Areias have previously performed together at The Ellington Jazz Club. At Brazilian Divas, they will present a beautiful samba by Arlindo Cruz called “Meu Lugar” (My Place).
Brazilian-Australian soulful gospel singer Luciana Negroni is Juliana Areias’s special guest at “Brazilian Divas” – free concert at Scarborough Amphitheatre a celebration of International Women’s Day – this Saturday 12 March 2022, 6pm.
Luciana Negroni formed her Pop Gospel Duo with guitarist Jonas Viana in Perth in 2008, when she arrived from Brazil. After living in Adelaide for many years where she performed with award-winning “Gospo Collective” (Australia’s leading Vocal Powerhouse Gospel Choir) and with “Sounds of Brazil” at Adelaide Fringe Festival and other festivals and events, Luciana Negroni, is finally back in WA.
Luciana Negroni and Juliana Areias have performed together at The Ellington Jazz Club and at Juliana Areias very first concert in Australia in 2009. At Brazilian Divas, they will present a tribute to Brazilian Female singer-songwriter Adriana Calcanhoto.
Renata Garcia de Melo
Brazilian singer, guitar & ukulele player Renata Garcia de Melo is Juliana Areias’s special guest at “Brazilian Divas” – free concert at Scarborough Amphitheatre a celebration of International Women’s Day – this Saturday 12 March 2022, 6pm.
Renata Garcia de Melo has been dedicating her multiple talents as an artist and teacher to inspire waves of kids in Australia to experience and learn Brazilian music, culture and Portuguese language at Projeto Cabana and at her weekly Roda de Musica” at Kings Park Project. She has also performed at major events of the Brazilian Community including Brazil WA “Festa Junina” Winter Festival and at the 2nd and 3th productions of “Saltimbancos” – Brazilian’s most loved kids play.
Renata Garcia de Melo and Juliana Areias have previously performed together at Juliana Areias – Sunset Songs at North Cottesloe Series. At Brazilian Divas, they will present a tribute to Marisa Montes – one of the most important contemporary Brazilian artists.
Viviane Coentro & Mari Mazzio
Exuberant Brazilian actors Viviane Coentro & Mari Mazzio are Juliana Areias’s special guests at “Brazilian Divas” – free concert at Scarborough Amphitheatre a celebration of International Women’s Day – this Saturday 12 March 2022, 6pm.
Known in the WA Brazilian Community and beyond as our super doula Vivi & super event producer Mari, these two super cat women can transform themselves in anything they like. They have over two decades of experience in storytelling and acting as a circus-street-stage-television-videoclip-film performers in Brazil, Europe and Australia.
In 2020 they staged together in Perth “As Saltimbancas”, directed by Eduardo de Franca, bringing a new female perspective and metalanguage (theatre inside the theatre) to the iconic kids play “Os Saltimbancos” which was already produced 3 times in Perth, with Juliana Areias, Viviane Coentro and Mari Mazzio playing the cat character respectively in each production.
Viviane Coentro, Mari Mazzio and Juliana Areias performed together at Chico Brasileiro Concert at The Ellington Jazz Club in 2021. At Brazilian Divas, they will present one of the most iconic songs of “The Saltimbancos” Play.
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