Covid kills Brazilian artists Paulo Gustavo & Aldir Blanc in the same day 4 May , but one year apart

Brazilian star actor and comedian Paulo Gustavo died of Covid in Brazil, 42 years old after fighting the virus since March 2021. Over 400k people already dead there from Covid , including star lyricist Aldir Blanc who we lost on 4 May 2020 – same day – one year apart. My respect to all families… How many more people will have to die until the President Jair Bolsonaro and his government is hold accountable for their disastrous management of the pandemic in Brazil ?

Since Aldir’s death, I have been singing at least an Aldir Blanc song in every concert. For our Juliana Areias Jobim Songbook Concert this Saturday 8 May 2021 at the Ellington Jazz Club in Perth, I will include a song Guinga and Aldir Blanc made for Antonio Carlos Jobim, as a tribute, after Jobim’s death.”Pra quem quiser me visitar”.

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International Jazz Day – Jobim Songbook Concert

Today is the 10th International Jazz Day – 30 April 2021 – recognised by UNESCO and The United Nations “to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe.”The idea came from jazz pianist and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock – Grammy Award Album of the Year 2008 winner for his album “River: The Joni Letters,” an all-star tribute to Canadian singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell featuring Norah Jones, Tina Turner, Corinne Bailey Rae, Leonard Cohen and Brazilian singer Luciana Souza.

The very first time a Jazz Album won a Grammy Award Album of the Year was in 1965 with the Getz/ Gilberto Album featuring the hit “The Girl from Ipanema”(sung in English by Astrud Gilberto) and many other Antonio Carlos Jobim songs played by American saxophonist Stan Getz and Brazilian guitarist and singer João Gilberto, the father of Bossa Nova.

Jazz and Bossa Nova have enriched and influenced each other for decades and this fusion has inspired other styles as well, including Rock and Pop iconic artists such as Elvis Presley, Sade, Stevie Wonder and Sting.

By coincidence, last night 29 April 2021 as part of the Bossa Nova Club 10th Anniversary celebration I had the pleasure to be interviewed and have a delicious chat with presenter Bernardo Martins based Miami, son of Pery Ribeiro. I met Pery during my teenage time, he had one of the most beautiful male voices of Brazil and he was the first singer who recorded the Girl from Ipanema. Pery’s parents were Brazilian music icons Dalva de Oliveira and Herivelto Martins. This interview series will also feature Bossa Nova master Roberto Menescal and Marcell Powell (son of Baden Powell) and few other artists around the globe.

To celebrate this happy marriage of Bossa Nova and Jazz, we are presenting Juliana Areias – Jobim Songbook Concert on Saturday 8 May at the Ellington Jazz Club – featuring some of the songs of the iconic Getz/Gilberto including Desafinado – Paul’s favorite! Always a pleasure to share the stage with these talented and groovy cats: Paul Millard on sax/flute , Joshua de Silva (7 string guitar/vocal), Filipe Rimis (drums) and Rafael Medeiros de Souza (percussion).

If you are in Perth -Western Australia, come to celebrate with us!

Tickets at: http://www.ellingtonjazz.com.au/event/juliana-areias-jobim-songbook-concert/

Happy Jazz International Day! Viva Bossa Nova!

Juliana Areias – Jobim Songbook Concert

Saturday 08 May 7.00pm @ THe Ellington Jazz Club Perth

After a busy summer performing at The Perth Festival, WAMFest and open air Sunset Concerts at North Cottesloe and Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre; award winning Juliana Areias, the Bossa Nova Baby is back to present a special tribute to her favourite composer and bossa nova master; Antonio Carlos Jobim.

The concert will embrace timeless Jobim bossa classics – such as; The Girl from Ipanema, One note samba,  Corcovado, No more blues (Chega de Saudade), Waters of March (Aguas de Marco)  – which were introduced to the English Speaking world by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao & Astrud Gilberto, Sergio Mendes, Stan Getz, Charlie Byrd, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Diana Krall, Herbie Hancock, and Al Jarreau, Esperanza Spalding; –  as well as other breathtaking Jobim compositions that may sound new for the audience.

Juliana was personally introduced to the Bossa Nova founders when she was a teenager by the legendary Brazilian music historian and journalist Ruy Castro who also named her “The Bossa Nova Baby”. This direct contact with the bossa masters inspired her to become a professional singer and songwriter.

For this exceptionally special 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 on this sensuous musical journey with the grooviest cats in town: Paul Millard – sax/flute, Joshua de Silva – 7 string hybrid guitar, Filipe Rimis – drums and percussionist Rafael Medeiro de Souza.

Juliana Areias has performed multiple sold-out concerts around Australia and on major stages internationally including the Sydney Opera House, the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London, the Green Room in New York, the Fukiagi Hall in Japan, the Auckland Festival in New Zealand and the legendary Beco das Garrafas in Rio de Janeiro.

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

–“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

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

–“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

More information: www.julianaareias.com

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Hamony Week Celebration at Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HARMONY WEEK IN BRAZILIAN-AUSTRALIAN FUSION STYLE AT THE SCARBOROUGH BEACH AMPHITHEATRE

SATURDAY 20 MARCH – 4-9PM – FREE EVENT

As part of the official Harmony Week Program, Perth-based Brazilian Jazz singer Juliana Areias, “The Bossa Nova Baby” with her six piece band will perform the “BrazilWA Harmony Concert” at the Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre.  Scarborough, known by Brazilian locals as  “ScarBrazil” is the area with the greatest Brazilian Expatriate Population in Perth. The event will also feature free Brazilian dance classes (by “Let the Dance Speak – Perth Samba -Perth Forro”) and free Capoeira – Brazilian Martial Arts presentation (by “Perth Capoeira CDO – Cordao de Ouro”).  It is a free event created by Juliana Areias in partnership with BrazilWA – the Brazilian Association of WA Inc and WAZouk Scarborough Sandpit Dancing with the support of  DLGSC (Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries), City of Stirling and the Scarborough Beach Association.

After an electrifying summer of performances including “Wild Things” for The Perth Festival, “Summer Samba Sunday Series” at The Ellington Jazz Club and “Sunset Songs” at North Cottesloe (every Friday extended until 26 March)  –  Perth-based Brazilian Jazz Singer Juliana Areias teams up with BrazilWA and WAZouk Scarborough Sandpit Dancing to presents BrazilWA Harmony Concert celebrating the colourful Brazilian-Australian Intercultural fusion we have in Western Australia. 

Juliana Areias’s love story with Perth starts in 2007, when she moved here after living in New Zealand, Switzerland and Brazil (her birth country). Since arriving in Perth, she has been busy raising her two young kids Jobim and Lilas;  while also acting as one of the founders of  BrazilWA – Brazilian Association of WA Inc;  becoming passionate about learning the “Samba de Gafieira” Brazilian couple dance in Scarborough;  falling in love with Australian Cybernetics Artist Geoffrey Drake-Brockman; producing her award-winning USA Jazz Top 100 Chartd original album  “Bossa Nova Baby” with the cream of the Perth Jazz Scene (including Perth Lumiere pianist Graham Wood), touring the planet performing at iconic stages (including the Sydney Opera House, Ronnie Scott’s in London, the Green Room in New York, Fukiagi Hall in Japan and  Beco das Garrafas in Rio de Janeiro); starting new collaborations with WAAPA-graduate young talents such as seven string Australian-Shirilanka guitarist Joshua de Silva, and having one of her original songs “Belas Artes”  (dedicated to her love Geoffrey Drake-Brockman and co-composed with Australian Virtuoso guitarist Doug de Vries)  selected to be part of the 2020 Perth Jazz Society Compilation “Open your ears Vol.1  – Perth Women in Jazz”.

Now Juliana Areias is overjoyed about her upcoming BrazilWA Harmony Concert at the Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre on Saturday 20 March as part of Harmony Week Official Celebrations. At this event she will be combining all the influences and inspirations of Brazil with her life in Australia. Juliana Areias explains: “As an artist I am fascinated by sounds, symbols and origin stories. Musically-speaking, you cannot create harmony alone, with one note only. To create a rich harmony it takes many different notes played in tune. We are in-tune only when we can listen and respond  to each other with harmony. This BrazilWA Harmony Concert is about that. It is about having many talented people and admirable organisations working together to celebrate this unique fusion of Brazilian-Australian Culture and Arts that we have created in Western Australia. It is about celebrating each other’s beautiful work and contribution to this place we love to call home. I am a huge fan of the tireless volunteer work undertaken by BrazilWA’s current president Raquel Louro – representing all Brazilians present  in WA, and of the fantastic dance scene created by John Robbins – founder of WAZouk Scarborough Sandpit Dancing. Many years ago, John taught me an iconic Australian Song “My Island Home” (first recorded by Warumpi Band and later by Christine Anu). To celebrate our Australian-Brazilian Fusion we  will perform “My Island Home” in Brazilian “Baiao” rhythm at the BrazilWA Harmony Concert. We are so looking forward to it!”

The event will start at 4pm – with free Brazilian dance classes (samba de gafieira and forro style) with Ana Lucia Pereira and Sarah Quinn (Let the Dance Speak – Perth Samba – Perth Forro),  followed by the Brazilian Martial Art – ‘Capoeira’ presentation by Ourico Lee Coumbe (Perth Capoeira CDO Cordao de Ouro).

Juliana Areias’s Concert will start at 6pm and will feature Paul Millard (sax-flute), Joshua de Silva (seven-string acoustic and electric guitars), Filipe Rimis(drums) and percussionists Rafael Medeiros de Souza and Ourico Lee Coumbe.

To appeal to all senses, there will also be delicious Brazilian Food available – provided by the “Rio 40” and “Braza Churros” Food trucks.

Juliana Areias –  Short Biography and Feature reviews

Juliana Areias is an award-winning Brazilian singer-songwriter. Her debut original album “Bossa Nova Baby” won “Best Brazilian Album” at the US Focus Brazil Awards in 2019 and spent five weeks in the US Jazz Top 100. Juliana has been nominated five times for Western Australian Music Awards including Best World Music Act and Best Song. Dubbed the “Bossa Nova Baby” by iconic Brazilian journalist Ruy Castro, Juliana has performed across Europe, USA, Japan, Latin America and Australia – including shows at the Sydney Opera House, Montreux Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott’s in London, the Green Room in New York, Fukiagi Hall in Japan, Auckland Festival, and Beco das Garrafas in Rio de Janeiro. 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

For more information visit: www.JulianaAreias.com Juliana Areias
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BOSSA NOVA BABY
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Ph: 0405279160

Summer Samba Sunday Session – 14 March featuring Choro music with special guest Danilo da Paz

Music is magic when shared with beloved and talented friends! Thank you Lu Lu Luciana Negrao & Dani Danielle De Silva for singing with us! Thank you everyone and special people of my life for being there! Only one week to go for our next Summer Samba Sunday Session at The Ellington Jazz Club celebrating the best Brazilian Music of all times – the most beautiful bossa and samba classics and much more… See you there on Sunday 14 March featuring Choro music with special guest Danilo da Paz !

Book now:www.julianaareias.com

MARCH 14th SUMMER SAMBA SUNDAY SESSION III – special guest Danilo da Pazwww.julianaareias.com

Juliana Areias invites you to celebrate summer vibes Brazilian-style, and experience the magical cultural diversity that gives Brazilian Music its constant abundance of creativity and excitement. Roll-up for an entrancing night of rhythms and sunny songs from the country of bossa nova, samba and carnaval with Perth’s own Brazilian singer-songwriter and USA Music Award winner – Juliana Areias, the “Bossa Nova Baby”.

This vibrant concert series will embrace Brazil’s most evocative rhythms and fusions – bossa, samba, baiao, choro, maracatu, Afro-samba, samba-jazz, samba-funk, samba-rock and samba-reggae featuring some of the finest Brazilian songs of all times. From fresh arrangements of bossa classics such as The Girl from Ipanema, One note Samba, So Nice (Summer Samba) and Mas que nada to some of the most iconic songs of Brazilian Popular Music (MPB), as well as a few tunes from Juliana Areias’s award-winning album Bossa Nova Baby – the Summer Samba Sunday Sesh Series will make your heart beat stronger and your imagination fly high.

For these exceptionally colourful concerts, Juliana Areias has assembled a line-up of sensational musicians – showcasing the amazing talent and cultural diversity we are so lucky to have in Perth. Juliana Areias is honoured to share the stage with Joshua de Silva (seven string guitars /vocals), Paul Millard (sax/flute), Bronton Ainsworth (drums) and Rafael Medeiros de Souza (percussion) and Lee Coumbe (percussion).The Juliana Areias – Summer Samba Sunday Sesh Series will happen on a Sunday in every month from January to April 2021, each time also featuring a unique Perth young talent as a special guest performing with Juliana in a particular nuance of the Brazilian Musical Spectrum. In March, featuring special guest Brazilian accordionist Danilo da Paz – the leader of Perth Choro (a.k.a Chorinho da Paz) – a group of local musicians who get together to learn and play the rich Brazilian instrumental music, precussor of Samba.

** Video description:Summer Samba Sunday Session II by Juliana Areias Band featuring special guests:- Luciana Negrao ( song: Aguas de Marco by Antonio Carlos Jobim)- Danielle de Silva ( song: Meu Lugar by Arlindo Cruz / José Mauro Diniz) Band:Juliana Areias – vocals, Joshua de Silva – guitar and backing vocals, Paul Millard – sax/ flute, Bronton Ainsworth – drums, Ourico Lee Coumbe – percussion, Rafael Medeiros de Souza – percussion. Juliana Areias wears Totem Australia by Melko – www.melko.com.au. Recorded on 21 February 2021 at the Ellington Jazz Club – Perth, Western Australia. Next Concert: Sunday 14 March 2021Book now: www.julianaareias.com #perth #summersamba #sundaysession

Perth Summer wrap up and what’s on for March

Juliana Areias at Perth Festival – 28 Feb 2021 – Wild Things – Perth Zoo Stage concert for Kids

What a wonderful 3 months full of performances we had in Perth this summer, culminating with this concert at the Perth Festival last Sunday 28 Feb 2021. We feel surreal, lucky and grateful all at the same time…

We haven’t had time to process each moment yet… more photos and videos to come… But I just want to say thank you for each one of you for joining us musicians, public, dancers, producers, venues, journalists, sponsors, friends and family. It only makes sense with you.

And March brings more! Sunset Songs at North Cottesloe was extended for all Fridays of March! Summer Samba Sunday Session at the Ellington Jazz Club on Sunday 14 March is on! And Harmony Week surprises coming soon! Stay tuned! Book your tickets in advanced.

www.julianaareias.com

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A wild weekend with Juliana Areias at Perth Festival, Cottesloe and Scarborough

This weekeed, fans in Perth will have three opportunities to enjoy Juliana Areias Live:

  • Friday 26th February 6-8pm Juliana Areias Trio – Sunset Songs at North Cottesloe.

For the delight of local residents and visitors who say that “Sunset Songs” is the best thing that ever happen in North Cottesloe”, The Town of Cottesloe has just approved the extension of the Sunset Songs until the end of March, every Friday. The project created by Juliana Areias aimed to recreated the bossa nova atmosphere of Rio de Janeiro’s iconinc beaches – Copacabana & Ipanema at her favorite beach in Perth, where she lives. This extension means that during March 2021 people will be able to enjoy Sculpture by the Sea and Sunset Songs at the same time!

  • Saturday 27th February 5.30pm-8pm – Juliana Areias Band at Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre Sandpit Dancing.

This is the third and last performance of this free concert series proudly sponsored by the City of Stilrling, always celebrating diversity and culture. Juliana Areias presents at the Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre all colours of Brazilian Music, from Bossa and samba classics to rhythms such as baiao (forro), maracatu, afoxe and a fine selection of Afro Bahia Carnival songs.

  • Sunday 28th February -3.30 -4pm – Juliana Areias at Perth Festival – Wild Things Program at the Zoo.

This is a whole day of music for kids and “all wild creatures” at the Zoo, featuring Juliana Areias as well as the very best local musicians and bands in Perth:

MAIN LAWN STAGE SCHEDULE
Session 1
– Morning

9:00am – 9:30am DJs Girlname & Yikes
9:30pm – 10:00am Zagoria Quartet

10:00am – 10:30am DJs Girlname & Yikes

10:30am – 11:00am De Cuba Son
11:00am – 11:15am Zoo Keeper Animal Call Competition
11:00am – 11:30am DJs Girlname & Yikes (during competition)
11:30am – 12:00pm Soukouss Internationale



Session 2
– Afternoon

2:00pm – 2:30pm DJ Daniel Dalton
2:30pm – 3:00pm Natasha Eldridge

3:00pm – 3:30m DJ Daniel Dalton

3:30am – 4:00pm Juliana Areias
4:00pm – 4:15pm Zoo Keeper Animal Call Competition
4:00pm – 4:30pm DJs Daniel Dalton (during competition)
4:30pm – 5:00pm Grace Barbe’s Afro Kreol

SUMMER SAMBA SUNDAY SESSION II – feat. Special guest Dani de Silva

 

Juliana Areias invites you to celebrate summer vibes Brazilian-style, and experience the magical cultural diversity that gives Brazilian Music its constant abundance of creativity and excitement.

Roll-up for an entrancing night of rhythms and sunny songs from the country of bossa nova, samba and carnaval with Perth’s own Brazilian singer-songwriter and USA Music Award winner – Juliana Areias, the “Bossa Nova Baby”.

This vibrant concert series will embrace Brazil’s most evocative rhythms and fusions – bossa, samba, baiao, choro, maracatu, Afro-samba, samba-jazz, samba-funk, samba-rock and samba-reggae featuring some of the finest Brazilian songs of all times.

From fresh arrangements of bossa classics such as The Girl from Ipanema, One note Samba, So Nice (Summer Samba) and Mas que nada to some of the most iconic songs of Brazilian Popular Music (MPB), as well as a few tunes from Juliana Areias’s award-winning album Bossa Nova Baby – the Summer Samba Sunday Sesh Series will make your heart beat stronger and your imagination fly high.

Get ready for this musical odyssey blending traditional and contemporary Brazilian composers and interpreters such as: Antonio Carlos Jobim, Jorge Benjor, Sergio Mendes, Joao Gilberto, Elis Regina, Carmen Miranda , Ary Barroso, Joao Bosco, Djavan, Chico Buarque, Rita Lee, Gal Costa, Gonzaquinha, Noel Rosa, Cartola, Pixinguinha, Toquinho, Paulinho da Viola, Luiz Melodia, Emilio Santiago, Zeca Pagodinho, Arlindo Cruz, Dom Bras, Assis Valente, Eduardo Godin, Dorival Caymmi, Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso,Tim Maia, Milton Nascimento, Lo Borges, Beto Guedes, Joyce, Maria Rita, Marisa Montes, Martinalia, Ana Carolina, Leny Andrade, Rosa Passos, Roberto Menescal, Joao Donato, Carlos Lyra, Marcos Valle, Baden Powell, Maria Gadu, Ceu, Marina, Cazuza, Lenine, Carlinhos Brown and Lulu Santos.

For these exceptionally colourful concerts, Juliana Areias has assembled a line-up of sensational musicians – showcasing the amazing talent and cultural diversity we are so lucky to have in Perth. Juliana Areias is honoured to share the stage with Joshua de Silva (seven string guitars /vocals), Paul Millard (sax/flute), Bronton Ainsworth (drums) and Rafael Medeiros de Souza (percussion).

The Juliana Areias – Summer Samba Sunday Sesh Series will happen on a Sunday in every month from January to April 2021, each time also featuring a unique Perth young talent as a special guest performing with Juliana in a particular nuance of the Brazilian Musical Spectrum.

In February, featuring special guest singer-songwriter Dani de Silva, WAAPA graduated young talented sister of Joshua de Silva.

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. 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. 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 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

More information at : www.julianaareias.com

Australia Day – 2021

Should Australia Day on the 26th of January be changed to a new date which has a positive meaning for Aboriginal people and properly acknowledges and respects them as the First Nations of this land?  Absolutely Yes, we must talk about and embrace this positive change.

We spent last night in a special group of family and friends to reflect on this question, as an “act” of love and appreciation – expressing our thoughts and listening to our kid’s ideas. 

In the meantime, while the celebration date has yet to change, we take the 26th of January as an opportunity to reflect on Australian Identity – to understand its paradoxes and understand how it has been built from the nation’s history – in all its beauty and ugliness. Today we ask ourselves how we too can evolve from this, how we can make our positive contributions to Australia and keep learning about this wonderful place we all love to call home.  

The 26th of January is the date that Capitan Arthur Phillip arrived in 1788 to “claim” a continent that was already inhabited by Aboriginal people. Of course, from an Aboriginal perspective this date feels like not so much a “Foundation Day” but rather an “Invasion Day”. Nowadays, it is also a happy day for many immigrants when they are officially accepted as new Australian Citizens. As a nation of many people, we understandably have mixing feelings about the current date.

Our identities are expressed via our everyday lives – in our choices, interactions, friendships, the symbols we adopt and our feelings of belonging, or otherwise… The Arts have a critical role to help us to understand who we are – both by exploring our own feelings and helping us to understand the perspectives of others. 

So, on this 26th day of January – yet another Australia Day, here are some suggestions of amazing Australian films and books which have helped me to understand and feel more connected to Australia. In these works I have found some of the multiple Australian histories that, along with all our individual stories, act to shape our shared Australian Identity. Truly worthy watching and reading: The films “Australian Dream”, and “Ladies in Black”, and the books: “The True Story of The Kelly Gang”, “My Place”, and the play “Men Without Wives”. The last two being written by Western Australian female writers. Thank you Meu Amor Geoffrey Drake-Brockman for presenting these books to me. Details of these fine works are….

“Australian Dream”, 2019 documentary film by Stan Grant and Daniel Gordon about Adam Goodes.
“Ladies in Black”, 2018 drama film directed by Bruce Beresford. starring Angourie Rice.
“The True Story of The Kelly Gang” 2000 novel by Peter Carey, about the life of Ned Kelly.
“My Place” 1987 autobiography by Sally Morgan.
“Men Without Wives” 1938 play by Henrietta Drake-Brockman.

Thanks also to my beloved son Jobim for your insightful comment last night: Australian movies must showcase not only how Aboriginal people were mistreat in the past, but highlight that the problem persists in the present.  

As a new immigrant I feel excited and privileged to be living in this time of positive transformation! On 1st of January 2021, The Australian National Anthem “Advance Australia Fair” had its official lyrics changed from “for we are young and free” to “for we are one and free” a powerful symbolic change of a single word to acknowledge that Aboriginal people have cared for and occupied this land for over 65.000 years. Always was, always will be, their land. We can only become “one” when we embrace Aboriginal culture and history.  In the words of another famous song: “We are one but we are many” (from “I Am Australian” 1987 by Bruce Woodley and Dobe Newton).

Happy Australian Identity!

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This weekend Juliana Areias on the sands of Cottesloe Beach & Scarborough Beach

Choose your favorite beach and come frolic to enjoy Juliana Areias free concerts at North Cottesloe ( Every Friday 6-8pm until 26th Febraury) and at Scarborough Beach Amplitheatre Sandpit Dancing this Saturday 16 January 2021 ( proudly sponsored by the City of Stirling).

At North Cottesloe, Juliana Areias presents an intimate perfomance of Sunset Songs featuring bossa nova (Brazilian Jazz), samba, baiao and MPB classics, accompagned by 7 string guitarist Joshua de Silva and parcussionist Rafael Medeiros de Souza.

At Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre, Juliana Areias performed with a full 6 piece band a reportoire of up-beating songs to make you dance forro, samba de gafieira and feel like you are at Porto Seguro – Bahia, with free Brazilian dance and capoeira classes happening by the sea.

Enjoy Perth summer in Brazilian style in this beautiful place we live in!

Juliana Areias – Sunset Songs at North Cottesloe – every Friday 6-8pm until 26 February 2021. Dresses by Melko – Totem Australia (Discount code VIP10 at http://www.melko.com.au )

Juliana Areias at Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre Sandpit Dancing – proudly sponsored by The City of Stirling.

“Our tribute to Yemanja – The Queen of the Sea, Bahia and Afro Brazilian Culture on the sands of Scarborough Beach Sandpit Dancing! See you there this Saturday 16 Jan – Juliana Areias Band at Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre + dance classes and capoeira from 4pm. Free Event

Summer Samba Sunday Session – 10 Jan 2021

Hello Perth! The week has arrived! Check out what we got for you this Sunday! Only few tickets left for our Summer Samba Sunday Session concert! Book now! www.julianaareias.com

Juliana Areias invites you to celebrate summer vibes Brazilian-style, and experience the magical cultural diversity that gives Brazilian Music its constant abundance of creativity and excitement. Roll-up for an entrancing night of rhythms and sunny songs from the country of bossa nova, samba and carnaval with Perth’s own Brazilian singer-songwriter and USA Music Award winner – Juliana Areias, the “Bossa Nova Baby”.

This vibrant concert series will embrace Brazil’s most evocative rhythms and fusions – bossa, samba, baiao, choro, maracatu, Afro-samba, samba-jazz, samba-funk, samba-rock and samba-reggae featuring some of the finest Brazilian songs of all times. From fresh arrangements of bossa classics such as The Girl from Ipanema, One note Samba, So Nice (Summer Samba) and Mas que nada to some of the most iconic songs of Brazilian Popular Music (MPB), as well as a few tunes from Juliana Areias’s award-winning album Bossa Nova Baby – the Summer Samba Sunday Sesh Series will make your heart beat stronger and your imagination fly high.

Get ready for this musical odyssey blending traditional and contemporary Brazilian composers and interpreters such as: Antonio Carlos Jobim, Jorge Benjor, Sergio Mendes, Joao Gilberto, Elis Regina, Carmen Miranda , Ary Barroso, Joao Bosco, Djavan, Chico Buarque, Rita Lee, Gal Costa, Gonzaquinha, Noel Rosa, Cartola, Pixinguinha, Toquinho, Paulinho da Viola, Luiz Melodia, Emilio Santiago, Zeca Pagodinho, Arlindo Cruz, Dom Bras, Assis Valente, Eduardo Godin, Dorival Caymmi, Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso,Tim Maia, Milton Nascimento, Lo Borges, Beto Guedes, Joyce, Maria Rita, Marisa Montes, Martinalia, Ana Carolina, Leny Andrade, Rosa Passos, Roberto Menescal, Joao Donato, Carlos Lyra, Marcos Valle, Baden Powell, Maria Gadu, Ceu, Marina, Cazuza, Lenine, Carlinhos Brown and Lulu Santos.

For these exceptionally colourful concerts, Juliana Areias has assembled a line-up of sensational musicians – showcasing the amazing talent and cultural diversity we are so lucky to have in Perth.  Juliana Areias is honoured to share the stage with Joshua de Silva (seven string guitars /vocals), Paul Millard (sax/flute), Bronton Ainsworth (drums), Rafael Medeiros de Souza (percussion) and Ourico Lee Coumbe (percussion).

The Juliana Areias – Summer Samba Sunday Sesh Series will happen on a Sunday in every month from January to April 2021, each time also featuring a unique Perth young talent as a special guest performing with Juliana in a particular nuance of the Brazilian Musical Spectrum. For this first concert Juliana Areias invites Brazilian guitarist and singer Arthur Freitas on stage to showcase the rich and authentic sounds of Minas Gerais music, the mining state of Brazil where he was born.

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. 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. 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 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

More information at : www.julianaareias.com