Juliana Areias – ELIS STAR CONCERT

Saturday 20 May 6.00pm –BOOK NOW

Award-winning Brazilian singer Juliana Areias and her Bossa Nova Baby Band invites you to celebrate the music of Elis Regina – Brazil’s most loved voice.

Brazilian Popular Music (MPB) would not be the same if Elis Regina hadn’t discovered and given voice to so many new composers. She was among the first mainstream artist to champion the works of an up-and-coming generation of Brazilian songwriters, including many that had their songs censored by the Brazilian Military Dictatorship – Edu Lobo, Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Milton Nascimento, João Bosco, Ivan Lins, Joyce, Rita Lee. Elis’s rendition of João Bosco and Aldir Blanc’s “O Bêbado e o Equilibrista,” became the anthem of Brazil’s political amnesty movement, as the days of the junta drew to a close in 1984. At the same time, she was probably the finest-and most loyal interpreter of the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Bossa Nova’s most defining composer, immortalising many of his songs including “Waters of March”.

Elis Regina signed her first recording contract at the age of fifteen at her hometown of Porto Alegre, in South Brazil, and by 1965 had relocated to Rio and taken Brazil and the world by storm, with triumphant performances such as her Montreux Jazz Festival Concert 1979, TV shows and 30 albums released included the iconic “Elis & Tom”, with Antonio Calos Jobim.

It has been 41 years since Elis tragically died in 1982 of an overdose – mother of three and aged only 36. Yet the beauty of her work keeps inspiring the following generations, including her children; music producer João Marcello Boscolli and singers Pedro Mariano and Maria Rita.

To honour and celebrate Elis’ music and life, Juliana Areias is excited to share the stage with her Bossa Nova Baby Band, comprising the grooviest cats in town; 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 around the world 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. Her 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. Juliana has also been nominated five times for Western Australian Music Awards including Best World Music Act and Best Song. Based in Perth since 2007, Juliana’s local performances include Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall with West Coast Philharmonic Orchestra, Kings Park Festival, Perth International Jazz Festival, Western Australian of the Year Ceremony 2021 with The Perth Symphony Orchestra and multiple sold-out concerts at The Ellington Jazz Club.

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

–“The idea of mixing styles and cultures is reflected in Areias’ life and her music.”, Daily Record – USA

–“Rhythmically perfect and passionate vocal delivery. 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

–“We celebrate the changing face of Australian music with Brazilian-born, Perth based singer Juliana’s excellent, Bossa Nova-centred album.” – ABC Radio National

–“It’s bossa that plays soccer with Jazz – as it has since the 60’s – and scoring a goal.” – O GLOBO – Brazil

–”A wonderful Brazilian-Australian bossa nova baby with contemporary bossa nova songs.“– Key and Chords – Belgium

ELIS ALSO RECORDED RITA LEE (who died on 8 May 2023) –

Next Concert will be a tribute to Rita Lee, my very first reference as a singer-songwriter. Stay tuned.

Juliana Areias and Rita Lee – 1991

Next Concert will be a tribute to Rita Lee, my very first reference as a singer-songwriter.