TALENT AND PERSISTENCE PAY OFF – GLOBAL DISTINGUISHED TALENT AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY FROM BRAZIL TO AUSTRALIA

Perth based Brazilian singer and songwriter,  Juliana Areias, the Bossa Nova Baby –  is granted a Global Distinguished Talent Visa in Australia in the year she celebrates 15 years of living in Perth and 25 years of living outside Brazil. Catch her next concert “Juliana Areias – Viva Brazil” on Saturday 24 August at The Ellington Jazz Club.

It was way back at the end of February 2020, when just before catching a plane to perform in Singapore, that Juliana Areias ran with partner Geoffrey Drake-Brockman and her kids Jobim and Lilas to the Post Office to send her over 400 page long application requesting that to be granted a Global Distinguished Talent Visa in Australia (Permanent Resident Visa Subclass 858).  That morning she could not predict that a pandemic would shake the world and that it would also delay the outcome of her application.

The Global Distinguished Talent Visa – subclass 858 is a permanent visa for people who have an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in an eligible field of arts, sport, academia, research or the professions.  To demonstrate this exceptional and outstanding achievement in her field of Bossa Nova and Brazilian Music locally, nationally and internationally,  Areias had to submit a huge application consisting of  newspaper reviews, articles, interviews, plus award confirmations, tours photos and support letters from APRA AMCOS, WAM, Brazilian diplomats, music producers, academics, and key Brazilian Jazz music experts and musicians in Australia, Brazil, USA, Europe and Japan  – who were all keen to recognise her work as relevant in the Global Contemporary Brazilian Jazz  – Bossa Nova Musical Movement – including Bossa Nova icon Roberto Menescal and famous Brazilian journalist Ruy Castro who nicked named Juliana Areias – Bossa Nova Baby since in her teenage years.

While waiting for the application result and the  “normality” to be restored, like all artists in Western Australia, Juliana kept working locally, respecting the closed borders. During this two year plus period she developed over 12 different thematic concerts for The Ellington Jazz Club, countless outdoor Sunset Songs performances at North Cottesloe Beach and Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre and performed at The Perth Festival, at the Western Australian of The Year Ceremony with The Perth Symphony Orchestra and at The Perth Concert Hall with The WACO Philharmonic Orchestra. Yet she was afraid that the application would not be accepted because of the pandemic’s effects – making the future very uncertain for independent artists like her. 

Juliana celebrates: “You can imagine how overjoyed I felt when I received the visa approval news.  This is monumental for me not only because it benefits my career by giving recognition of my work as a composer and singer – but on many other levels as well. It brings me a very strong symbol of acceptance and belonging. It means that  Australia values my contribution to the arts and cultural diversity. It also means that both my kids Jobim and Lilas are now permanent residents of Australia due to their mum’s work as an independent artist. Symbols are so important.”

“This news marks 15 years since I moved from New Zealand to Australia with my kids and 25 years since I left Brazil to perform abroad, when I was 21 years old. Now my son Jobim is 20 and my daughter Lilas is 16. Although the three of us have New Zealand passports which means we can live and work here in Australia indefinitely (special category visa for kiwis – subclass 444) – without needing to have a Permanent Residence Visa, and although I also could have applied for Partner Permanent Residence Visa via Geoffrey, which is a much easier visa option. I did not want to do so, because that option just didn’t seem romantic to me and because I would much rather give my kids an example based on my artistic work and achievements. I thought that applying for the Global Distinguished Talent Visa, – a much more difficult visa especially when you do it without any immigration agent’s help – would be the best way to show to my kids the recognized value of the arts. Of course, Geoffrey’s love, help and support was also pivotal in this entire process.”

This news also comes just before Juliana Areias next concert at the Ellington, “Viva Brazil” on Sat 24 Sept 2022 – a celebration of the 200 years of Brazilian Independence and music. 

Juliana comments:” I hope this story can help other CALD immigrants and all artists to keep inspired, inspiring, persisting and contributing with their work and heart for our rich Australian multicultural society. “

Viva Brazil – 200 yeARS of BRAZILIAN INDEPENDENCE

Juliana Areias – Viva Brazil!

Saturday 24 September 7.00pm– Juliana Areias – VIVA BRAZIL @ The Ellington Jazz Club BOOK NOW

Juliana Areias invites you to party Brazilian-style, and experience the magical cultural diversity that gives Brazilian Music its constant abundance of creativity and excitement. Roll-up for a stunning night of rhythms and joy celebrating the 200 years of Brazilian Independence, and music of the country of bossa nova, samba and carnaval with Perth’s own award-winning Brazilian singer-songwriter Juliana Areias, the “Bossa Nova Baby”.

This vibrant and sensuous concert will embrace some of Brazil’s most evocative rhythms and fusions – bossa, samba, baiao, maracatu, samba-jazz, samba-funk, samba-rock – featuring many celebrated composers and interpreters as well as few songs from Juliana Areias’s award-winning album “ Bossa Nova Baby”. From fresh arrangements of  Jobim’s bossa classics such as The Girl from Ipanema, One note Samba and Sergio Mendes Brazil66’ popular samba recording Mas que nada to contemporary  Brazilian icons –  Djavan, Joao Bosco, Lenine, Cazuza, Tim Maia, Lulu Santos, Elis Regina, Ceu, Maria Gadu, Maria Rita, Rita Lee,  Arlindo Cruz – the Viva Brazil concert will make your heart beat stronger and your imagination fly high.

For this exceptionally colourful concert, Juliana Areias has assembled a blazing line-up of sensational musicians and special guests – showcasing the amazing talent and cultural diversity we are so lucky to have in Perth.  Juliana Areias is honoured to share the stage with:

– Paul Millard, – Australian Saxophonist, flautist (leader of Straight Ahead Big Band);

– Joshua de Silva – Australian/Srilankan 7 string guitarist and singer;

– Filippe Rimis – Brazilian drummer

– Rafael Medeiros – Brazilian percussionist

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

More information at: www.julianaareias.com

JULIANA AREIAS – BAHIA OF ALL RHYTHMS CONCERT – CAETANO & GIL 80 birthday CElEBRATION!

Juliana Areias at Kings Park Festival – Perth by Dani Mendes

Juliana Areias – BAHIA OF ALL RHYTHMS

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

Let’s face the music and Dance with Ned Kelly and Maria Bonita

“Ned Kelly & Maria Bonita” dancing together in our tableau vivant*… symbolising Australian and Brazilian cultures connecting and our statement of art rather than violence.

Maria Bonita has multiple and complex meanings to me. She embodies the paradigm of what it is to be a woman and the challenges faced only by women.

Like Ned, Maria Bonita was a bushranger captured and killed by the police. Her head was cut off and exhibited as trophy, along with the heads of her whole band, lead by her partner Virgulino Lampiao. But Maria Bonita’s body was the only one violated with a stick into her vagina. Why? Because she was a daring and powerful woman. Therefore, her dead body “deserved” extra humiliation and punishment.

I particularly thought about Maria Bonita this week for two very different reasons:

1. A male anaesthetist in Brazil was recently caught in the act of raping his patient, who was there to give birth to her baby by Caesarian. It shows that the potential for violence against women has no limit and that not much has changed since Maria Bonita’s time. A shocking reality all too close to Almodovar’s surreal film “Talk to her” – one that keeps happening every day.

2. This week is my mother’s birthday. She was initially cast to play the role of Maria Bonita in Globo TV’s first mini series in 1982, but ended up losing the role to Tania Alves – an already well known theatre actor-singer. Despite all the challenges and prejudices she faced, my mother – who has schizophrenia – has raised three kids with very little help. Thank you Mamae, happy birthday to you! Thanks to you here we are!

Every year during winter in Brazil we have our Folk Festival where we celebrate the culture, music and food of Brazil’s northeastern outback, where Maria Bonita came from. A version of this special Folk Festival will be happening in Perth this Sat 16 July at the Mess Hall – The BrazilWA July Fest. I will be there singing as a special guest and paying my respect as a woman and artist to Maria Bonita, my mother and to all women facing unique challenges every day.

Brazil WA – The Brazilian Association of Western Australia Inc, was founded on International Women’s day over 10 years ago, by four daring women: Eliane, Cema, Ester and myself. Thank you to all presidents and members for keeping it alive- Eliane, Wilson, Carlos, Cema and Raquel. Thank you also to Carina, Giba, Roberta, Patricia, Fred, Pinguim for being part of it since the very beginning and the Bamboo Production team for helping BrazilWA to keep producing the Brazilian Winter Festival every year – the main event of the association calendar since its foundation.

Thank you Brazil WA, Bamboo Productions and WTD band for making this event happen and for the invitation. More info at www.julianaareias.com and at the link below.

May we all keep learning how to dance together… More culture and art instead of violence always.

*”Ned Kelly and Maria Bonita” – Tableau Vivant by Geoffrey Drake-Brockman and Juliana Areias

9 years

9 years

I love the ocean, I love the trees
I love the sky, because of him
We go for walks and talks along the beach
The sun sets into the sea, he goes for a dip
It has been 9 years since we first kissed

In a solstice night, we planted our seeds
At Grace Busssell’s chair I seat to read
Henrietta’s words of the wide open road
We hug in the mornings, we share our dreams
We catch the waves, we open the windows

It has been 9 years since we first kissed

Happy anniversary Meu Amor… Te amo…

Juliana Areias for Geoffrey Drake-Brockman
Perth, 21 June 2022.

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Viva João Gilberto! 90 years of music

Viva João Gilberto! 90 years since he was born. Without Joao, the song “Chega de Saudade”, could be a lost samba cancao that Jobim & Vinicius forgot in a drawer. We are glad they met, and it became the very first Bossa Nova song ever recorded in 1958! Here is our sweet tribute to João, who keeps influencing new generations around the globe with his voice and guitar.

Now that the pandemic is starting to be under control, we with our Bossa Nova Baby Band hope that we can start to tour again around Australia, Brazil, USA, New Zealand, Japan, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa… anywhere our music and tributes can be appreciated. If you would like to collaborate with us, send us a hello via management@julianaareias.com / http://www.julianaareias.com (link at bio)

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Australia Awards & APRA DAY – CELEBRATION OF AUSTRALIA CULTURAL & ARTISTIC DIVERSITY

This Week on Tuesday 30 May 2022, Juliana Areias Duo featuring Juliana Areias with 7 string guitarist-singer Joshua de Silva, performed at The Australia Awards 2022 Ceremony at the WA Maritime Museum, celebrating the award’s winners and nominees and sharing their music with the event’s distinguished guests including the Australia Awards scholars and alumni, members of the diplomatic corps, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade representatives and their invited guests.

And today, Friday 3 June 2022, it’s APRA DAY in Australia, when all radio stations are encouraged to play at least 25% of home made music!

Being Australia one of the most contemporary multicultural countries of the planet – where at least half of its current population is of 1st or 2nd immigrant generations – contemporary Australian music is represented by many colours, many styles and many languages!

Juliana Areias celebrates – “thank you my heart brother Fred Ramanzini and Bay FM 99.9 for acknowledging the contribution of the Brazilian music produced in Australia! Looking forward to listening to the show today featuring Forro style music. Here are 3 superb albums of Brazilian-Australian Original Music Artists for you to enjoy and follow:

@tiagodelucca – Tiago de Lucca – Abuka – based in Sydney – NSW

@eddiegazani – Eddie Gazani – Northwesterly Winds – based in Brisbane – QLD

and yours truly @julianaareiasbraziliansinger – Juliana Areias – Bossa Nova Baby based in Perth – WA

Fred will play some tracks of our albums today at his weekly show Lusofonia every Friday at 1pm aest, 11am awst 🙂 one hour of Brazilian Music and Culture at Bay FM 99.9 Tune-in at https://www.bayfm.org/shows/

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FESTA DO INTERIOR – The Bonfire of the Heart Concert

PERTH – Sat 25 Jun – Juliana Areias – FESTA DO INTERIOR – The Bonfire of the Heart Concert @ The Ellington Jazz Club – 7pm – BOOK NOW

After Juliana Areias – Elis Star sold-out concert and her performance at the WA Maritime Museum, Fremantle – Department of Foreign Affairs and TradeAustralia Awardsexclusive event for Australia Awards scholars and alumni, members of the diplomatic corps, DFAT representatives and other invited guests – Juliana Areias prepares a new show for Saturday 25th June, her MPB way to celebrate “Festa Junina” – Brazil’s Traditional June Winter Folk Festivities. Award-winning Brazilian singer-songwriter – Juliana Areias, the “Bossa Nova Baby” – presents a blazing show to warm your winter and light a bonfire of the heart. Juliana invites you on a musical passage on the train of colours, precious gems, and songs from the Interior of Brazil. On this journey you’ll discover the beautiful horizons and sounds from the diverse inland of Brazil: its baroque mining cities in Minas Gerais State; the broad farmlands of Southern Brazil, rainforests of Pantanal, modern architecture in the capital Brasilia, the tropical expanse of the Amazon, and the folk bonfire festivals from the north-eastern dry areas where the rhythm of Baiao and the popular Quadrilha and Forro dance originate.

This eclectic concert will embrace some of South America’s most evocative rhythms – samba, baiao, carimbo, maracatu, guarania, folkpop – spanning traditional and contemporary composers and interpreters such as: Antonio Carlos Jobim (bossa-nova and beyond), Ary Barroso (composer of Brazil), Luiz Gonzaga (the king of Baiao), Joao Bosco, Djavan, Lenine, Joao Donato, Caetano Veloso, Milton Nascimento, Beto Guedes, Lo Borges, Fatima Guedes, Flavio Venturini, Roupa Nova, 14 Bis, Maria Rita, Maria Gadu, Diana Pequeno, Gal Costa, Toninho Horta, Wagner Tiso, Ronaldo Bastos, Fernando Brant, Dorival Caymmy,… as well as few songs from Juliana Areias’s award-winning album “Bossa Nova Baby”.

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, percussionist Rafael Medeiro de Souza and special guest singer Renata Garcia de Mello.

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

More information at: www.julianaareias.com

PERTH – Sat 25 Jun – Juliana Areias – FESTA DO INTERIOR – The Bonfire of the Heart Concert @ The Ellington Jazz Club – 7pm – BOOK NOW

Juliana Areias – ELIS STAR – SAt 14 May – COnCERT

Juliana Areias – ELIS STAR

Saturday 14 May 7.00pm – 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 40 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 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

More information at: www.julianaareias.com

Sat 2 April – Samba Jazz It Up Concert

Juliana Areias

PERTH – Juliana Areias – Samba-Jazz it Up Concert at The Ellington Jazz Club – Sat 2 April, 7pm. BOOK NOW

Roll-up for an entrancing night of rhythms and sultry songs from the country of bossa nova, samba and carnival with Perth’s own Brazilian singer-songwriter and best album released in the USA award winner – Juliana Areias, the “Bossa Nova Baby”.

Juliana Areias invites you to indulge your senses, savouring the perfect match between samba and jazz and celebrating some of the most iconic Brazilian songs, interpreters and composers of all time. From fresh arrangements of bossa and samba classic recordings such “One Note Samba” (by Jobim – Getz/Gilberto) and “Mas que Nada” (by Jorge Benjor – Sergio Mendes Brazil 66)  – to new compositions Juliana’s band  is preparing for her forthcoming album –  the “Samba-Jazz It Up Concert” will also pay tribute to masters and divas of Brazilian Jazz, including Elis Regina, Leny Andrade, Rosa Passos, Tamba Trio,  Simonal, Baden Powell, Joao Donato, Johnny Alf, Robero Menescal, Carlinhos Lyra and Antonio Adolfo – and the ways their music has inspired other artists including; Steve Wonder, Esperanza Spalding, Diana Krall, Herbie Hancock, George Benson, Sade, Sting,  Ivan Lins, Joyce, Djavan, Joao Bosco, Gilberto Gil, Gozaguinha, Marisa Montes, Ceu, Maria Rita, Simoninha, Marvio Ciribelli and of course, Juliana Areias herself.

For this vibrant concert, Juliana Areias has assembled a blazing line-up of sensational musicians and special guests – 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 with the grooviest cats in town; Paul Millard – sax/flute, Joshua de Silva – seven string hybrid guitar 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. In Perth some of her 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, 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. Voted in the Top 5  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

More information at: www.julianaareias.com