Juliana Areias at Kings Park Festival – Perth by Dani Mendes


Saturday 06 August 7.00pm – BOOK NOW

Welcome to Bahia, the Bay of all rhythms! Award-winning Brazilian singer-songwriter – Juliana Areias, the “Bossa Nova Baby”, invites you on a musical voyage to the first capital of Brazil, where samba and most of Brazilian music styles and fusions were born: bossa nova, samba-de-roda, afro-sambas, tropicalia, capoeira, afoxe, samba-reggae and carnaval. Bahia is the land of Joao Gilberto, (the father of Bossa Nova), Dorival Caymmi, Assis Valente and of the main artists of the Tropicalia musical movement, including Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso who are turning 80 in 2022. Let’s celebrate their music and the magical sounds of the most African State of Brazil!

In the late 90s Juliana Areias lived in Salvador, Bahia’s capital, where colourful big drums are played in the streets and ladies still dress in the traditional African clothes made famous by the 1940s Hollywood star Carmen Miranda.

The Bahia of all rhythms concert will feature iconic songs about the heavenly beach of Itapuan, (where Juliana used to live and started her singing career); mythic creatures such as Yemanja, (the Afro-Brazilian Goddess of the Sea); African slave cultural contributions and the happiness of the Carnaval of Bahia. Juliana Areias will perform afhrodisiac Bahia related bossa and afro-sambas by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Baden Powell and Ary Barroso – to authentic tunes from Bahian artists such as Joao Gilberto, Dorival Caymmi, Assis Valente, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Tom Zé, Gal Costa, Maria Bethania, Rosa Passos, Carlinhos Brown, Olodum, A Cor do Som, Novos Baianos, Roberto Mendes, Jorge Portugal and Raul Seixas as well as a few originals from Juliana’s internationally-acclaimed Bossa Nova Baby album also inspired by Bahia.

For this exceptionally colourful concert, Juliana Areias is honoured to share the stage with her sensational Bossa Nova Baby Band – showcasing the amazing talent and cultural diversity we are so lucky to have in Perth: Paul Millard – sax/flute, Joshua de Silva – seven string hybrid guitar, Bronton Ainsworth – drums and percussionist Rafael Medeiro de Souza

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 (made famous by Bossa Nova and Elis Regina herself). In Perth some of Juliana’s iconic performances include: Koort Boodja – Heartland 2022 at the Perth Concert Hall with West Coast Philharmonic Orquestra, Perth Festival, Kings Park Festival, Perth International Jazz Festival and at the Western Australian of the Year Ceremony 2021 with The Perth Symphony Orchestra.

Dubbed the “Bossa Nova Baby” by iconic Brazilian journalist Ruy Castro, Juliana’s original album “Bossa Nova Baby” won “Best Brazilian Album” at the US Focus Brazil Awards in 2019 and spent five weeks in the US Top 100 Jazz Charts. Voted one of the Top Five Brazilian Singers around the world at the Best of Brazil Global Awards 2021 in London, Juliana has also been nominated five times for Western Australian Music Awards including Best World Music Act and Best Song.

Now it is your turn to feel spellbound by the Bossa Nova Baby, 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