Juliana Areias is an AWARD WINNING Brazilian Singer-Songwriter based in Perth, Western Australia.
Juliana Areias brings a new edge to traditional Brazilian rhythms, and has created a contemporary Latin Jazz musical fusion which is taking the Australian and International music scenes by storm.
Her debut original album ‘Bossa Nova Baby’ had charted at #70 on the US Jazz Top 100, following her win of ‘Best Brazilian Music Album’ at the US Focus Brazil Awards earlier this year. She has performed on major stages in Europe, USA, Japan, Latin America and Australia, including the Sydney Opera House, and the Montreux Jazz Festival.
Originally from São Paulo, Juliana has lived in Perth since 2007. Growing up in Brazil, Juliana was personally introduced to the Bossa Nova founders by legendary Brazilian Music historian and journalist Ruy Castro. This direct and unique learning experience inspired her to become a professional singer and songwriter. It was Ruy who nicknamed her ‘Bossa Nova Baby’, which she would go on to use as her album title.
‘Bossa Nova Baby’ was recorded and produced in Perth with the support of the Western Australian Department of Culture and the Arts, and features some of Australia’s finest musicians, including seven-string guitarist Doug De Vries, bassist, arranger and producer Pete Jeavons, many jazz lecturers from WAAPA, and the late pianist and Perth jazz scene luminary Graham Wood.
No stranger to international acclaim, Juliana Areias has performed around the world at iconic venues, jazz clubs and festivals such as the Sydney Opera House, The Montreux Jazz Festival, 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 Beco des Garrafas in Rio de Janeiro, but she still calls Perth home.
When she isn’t touring the globe, Juliana performs multiple sold-out concerts at Australian iconic jazz clubs such as The Ellington Jazz Club in Perth, Foundry 616 / Venue 505 in Sydney and Doo Bop Jazz Bar in Brisbane. Lauded by critics and fans the world over, Juliana Areias’ concerts are always bursting at the seams – you’ll seldom see an empty seat!
Juliana Areias music invites you to party Brazilian-style, and experience the magical cultural diversity that gives Brazilian Music its constant abundance of creativity and excitement. Her colourful harmony concert embraces some of Brazil’s most evocative rhythms and Latin Jazz fusions – bossa nova, samba, carnaval, forro, maracatu, afro-samba, samba-reggae, pop, rock, funk fusion. Her concerts mix both her award-winning original music and exclusive arrangements of well-known bossa and samba songs such as ‘Mas que Nada’, ‘The Girl from Ipanema’ and ‘Water of March’.
Juliana Areias has also previously lived in Switzerland and New Zeland – and recorded for the poet, composer and Brazilian diplomat Marcio Catunda, 6 of his albums produced respectively in Switzerland (Anima Lirica -1997), Bulgaria (Crescente – 2000), Brazil ( Mistica Beleza – 2003/ Itinerario Sentimental – 2008) , Spain (Agua de Flores – 2009) and Portugal (O Jardineiro da Vida – 2010).
Now it’s 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. Rhythmically perfect and passionate vocal delivery.” – The Australian
– “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
– “The idea of mixing styles and cultures is reflected in Areias’ life and her music” – Daily Record, USA