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Why Brazilians celebrate “Valentine’s Day” on 12th of June – Dia dos Namorados

Do you know why Brazilians don’t celebrate “being in love” on “Valentine’s Day”?

While around the world love birds celebrate “Valentine’s Day” on 14th February, Brazilians celebrate it on St Antony’s Eve Day (12th June) as part of the traditional “ Festa Junina” – The Brazilian June Winter Folk Festival – where couples dance around bonfires.

In Brazil around St Valentine’s Day, (14th February) it’s summer and Carnaval time – not necessarily a time associated with fidelity and romantic love.

Curiously both saints are somehow connected with the idea of marriage.

St Valentine was beheaded in Rome for secretly marrying Roman Empire soldiers against the orders of the Emperor Claudius II the cruel, on 14th February 269 AC. Legend also has it that while in jail, St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer’s daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it “From Your Valentine.”

St Antony was born in Portugal and died naturally in Padua in 13th June 1231 almost a millennium after St Valentine. He was considered a protector of lovers because he helped to finance marriages of pour families. In a time that fathers of girls were expected to pay to get their daughters married, St Antony helped them to find the funds for it.

If you love music, culture and stories, you are invited on a musical passage on the train of colours, precious gems, and songs from the Interior of Brazil. A blazing show to warm your winter and light a bonfire of the heart.

Juliana Areias – Beautiful Horizons – Festa do Interior Concert – ( Dia dos Namorados) – Sat 12 June 2021 – 7pm at The Ellington Jazz Club – Perth – Western Australia.

Tickets and information at: http://www.julianaareias.com

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Cultural Diversity at the 2021 Western Australian of The Year Awards Ceremony

Perth Symphony Orchestra nailed a stunning performance at The 2021 Western Australian of the Year Awards (WAOTY) featuring soloist singers Lois Olney, Juliana Areias, Steve Hensby and the multicultural musicians of The Spirit Ensemble under the leadership of Pavan Kumar Hari. They played a brilliant new arrangement by Jet Kye Chong of iconic Western Australian folk-rock song “Wide Open Road” (The Triffids) composed by David Richard McComb. “Wide Open Road” is regarded as one of the Top 30 Australian songs of all time (named by APRA – Australasian Performing Rights Association in 2001). It is a song about acknowledging our losses and finding new perspectives in an open horizon of possibilities. 

Jet Kye Chong, Lois Olney, Kate Pass, Julia Watson, Juliana Areias, Ciara Sudlow, Dympna Finch, Sivakumar Balakrishnan and Pavan Kumar Hari

The “Wide Open Road” eight minute orchestral arrangement performance, was a highly symbolic moment during the 2021 WAOTY Awards, uniting three voices to represent all voices of Australia – First Nations Yalbari-Yamatji singer Lois Olney’s from the Pilbara, welcoming all of us; UK-born singer Steve Hersby representing the first wave of immigrants; and Brazilian Singer Juliana Areias representing the new waves of Australian immigration. Cultural diversity was also present in the fantastic mix of instruments, rhythms, harmonies and melodies evoking ancestral sounds from Australia, Ireland, Japan, India, the Middle East and Latin America.

Lois Olney, Juliana Areias and Richard Walley

The “Welcome to country” was presented by its master, Dr. Richard Walley OAM, who reinvigorated the modern-day Welcome To Country in Noongar Country, a ceremony that is now established practice  across Australia.

The last WAOTY Ceremony happened in 2019,  before the covid pandemic – when Bourby Webster – founder and CEO of the Perth Symphony Orchestra was the recipient of the 2019 Arts and Culture WAOTY Award. Bourby had the pleasure of meeting up with this year’s Arts and Culture Category finalists Kylie Bracknell [Kaarljilba Kaardn], Iain Grandage (Perth Festival Director), Leon Pericles, Alec Coles and Julia Hales. 

The Perth Symphony Orchestra is a not-for-profit professional symphony orchestra based in Perth, Western Australia. The orchestra aims to broaden access to classical music by performing in places and spaces not naturally associated with the genre. Since 2011 over 350,000 people have attended a Perth Symphony concert. 

“What a night celebrating the exceptional people of Western Australia, this place I love to call home! Ancore! Ancore! Ancore! Viva Western Australia!  Viva the Arts and the Multicultural diversity of Western Australia! There is no better place to be and make art! It is a privilege to know and work with these amazing musicians” – says Juliana Areias. 

Geoffrey Drake-Brockman, Juliana Areias, Mark McGowan and Sarah McGowan

Richard Goyder was named 2021’s West Australian of the Year, not for his achievements in the boardroom of Telethon but for his commitment to philanthropy.

Mr Goyder took out the State’s top award at a gala ceremony on Friday the 4th of June at Crown Towers – presented by Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan. 

The individual category winners were:

  • Karla Hart (Aboriginal Award)
  • Alec Coles OBE (Arts and Culture Award)
  • Julia Redwood (Business Award)
  • Professor Jonathan Carapetis AM (Professions Award)
  • Murray McHenry (Sport Award)
  • Kendall Whyte (Youth Award)

Congratulation to all 2021 Western Australian Of The Year winners and nominees.

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Geoffrey Drake-Brockman & Juliana Areias

More about the 2021 WAOTY Award Winners: (The West Australian Newspaper Sat 5 June 2021 – https://thewest.com.au/news/telethon-chair-richard-goyder-named-2021-west-australian-of-the-year-ng-b881890814z.amp

Telethon chair Richard Goyder named 2021 West Australian of the Year, calls to ‘make WA better’

Kate Emery and Brianna DuganThe West AustralianFri, 4 June 2021 11:00PMComments

Richard Goyder AO has been named West Australian of the Year for 2021.

Richard Goyder AO has been named West Australian of the Year for 2021. Credit: Daniel Wilkins/The West Australian

He has already dominated the business world.

Now Richard Goyder has been named 2021’s West Australian of the Year, not for his achievements in the boardroom but for his commitment to philanthropy.

Mr Goyder took out the State’s top award at a gala ceremony tonight at Crown Towers. There was also recognition for one of the State’s esteemed research scientists, a former backpacker from Britain who came to Perth with a dream of making a movie, and a young woman inspired by personal tragedy.

The Telethon chairman oversaw last year’s record-breaking $46.3 million result at the fundraiser, which came at a crucial time for many in the non-profit sector that have had their coffers decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic as fundraising plans had to be cancelled or scaled back.

Mr Goyder, who grew up on a wheat and sheep farm 300km south-east of Perth, also chairs the WA Symphony Orchestra, Qantas, Woodside, the Australian Football League and diabetes not-for-profit JDRF.

Janine Goyder and Richard Goyder at the 2021 West Australian of the Year Awards.

Janine Goyder and Richard Goyder at the 2021 West Australian of the Year Awards. Credit: Daniel Wilkins/The West Australian

He beat 36 other finalists across seven categories to take out the community award and the top honour.

“I’m ambitious, not for me but for the people I work for and the place I live in,” Mr Goyder said during his acceptance speech.

“For many of us we just won lotto being born in this state.

“I think we can be better —we can always be better. I think we can be more passionate and tolerant as a community.

“I think we can and should be more creative.

“I have surrounded myself with people who are better than me. I have engaged with wonderful people, many of whom are in this room who give so much of themselves to this community.

“John Kennedy said famously ‘do something’ so I say do. Don’t criticise from the sideline — that’s too easy and destructive.

“I hope this award reinforces how important community is, and hopefully it gives the organisations I’m involved in some additional momentum because we all need it at the moment.”

Mr Goyder said in his speech he believed reconciliation needed to happen ‘a lot faster’ in the WA community.

“There are many ways we can make this happen. I have opportunities through the AFL and through the businesses I am involved in to make sure we are promoting a voice for Indigenous Australians, and I think that’s going to be very important in terms of our reconciliation journey,” he said.

“I’m most excited for the Long Walk tomorrow. The game will be great and the AFL events team will put on a really special day, but the walk is something really special. To recognise Indigenous players will be just a great feeling. It will be a good celebration for Perth.”

AFL chairman Richard Goyder at Optus Stadium.

AFL chairman Richard Goyder at Optus Stadium. Credit: Daniel Wilkins

Speaking after winning the Community Award, Mr Goyder said, “I think it’s an acknowledgement of all the people I work with. Also the passion and commitment of the community I am involved in.”

“We are ambitious, we want to raise more money and help more people. I have type one diabetes and I am passionate about finding a cure for that,” he said.

The individual category winners, also announced tonight, were:

  • Karla Hart (Aboriginal Award)
  • Alec Coles OBE (Arts and Culture Award)
  • Julia Redwood (Business Award)
  • Professor Jonathan Carapetis AM (Professions Award)
  • Murray McHenry (Sport Award)
  • Kendall Whyte (Youth Award)

Ms Hart is an award-winning artist, filmmaker and actor as well as a presenter for Noongar Radio, where she introduced the first Noongar language program.

Her work has included roles with women’s dance group Kwarbah Djookian and acting in Yirra Yaakin’s King Hit, which told the story of Noongar boxer Geoffrey Narkle.

“I’m just blown away — I didn’t expect to win because there are so many amazing people in my category,” Ms Hart said.

“This means so much to me, for my county, people and my family, especially all my Noongar people. It’s a responsibility of mine to go forth and take all the opportunities my grandma never had.”

Mr Coles is chief executive at the State’s new $405 million WA Museum. The museum’s name Boola Bardip means “many stories” in the Noongar language and one of the key features of the museum is its focus on the State’s Indigenous past and a desire to showcase Aboriginal work.

WA Museum Director Alec Coles.

WA Museum Director Alec Coles. Credit: Ross Swanborough/The West Australian

Ms Redwood is the co-founder of Prospero Productions, the production company behind documentaries about the loss of HMAS Sydney, the Piper Alpha offshore oil disaster, the world of SAS soldiers and the rise in fatal shark attacks. She, and her then business partner Ed Punchard, started the company in 1991 despite never having made a film before as a newly arrived backpacker from Britain.

“I’m totally shocked and surprised but absolutely delighted,” she said after her win.

“For the arts and entertainment sector to be recognised under the business award is extremely important for me.

“To be represented and acknowledged by Western Australia in that way, I’m just absolutely stoked.

“What would I say to someone aspiring to be in the arts community? Just go for it. Just have a go and hang in there. Just don’t give up, you just can’t. There are times when you really want to just give up but just hang in there.”

Julia Redwood.

Julia Redwood. Credit: Iain Gillespie/The West Australian

Prospero has gone on to become WA’s biggest employer in the independent screen sector and Ms Redwood told The West Australian that the industry was now “absolutely desperate” for people.

“This State is a lot more than just mining. Not that there’s anything wrong with mining, but millions of dollars come into this State through this industry,” she said.

Professor Carapetis is a world-leading expert on Streptococcus A infections and rheumatic heart disease as well as executive director of the Telethon Kids Institute and president of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes.

Telethon Kids Institute director, Professor Jonathan Carapetis.

Telethon Kids Institute director, Professor Jonathan Carapetis. Credit: Nic Ellis/The West Australian

In addition to his research, he has played a key role in boosting the number of women, trans and Aboriginal researchers at the Telethon Kids Institute. He also emerged as a leading voice in the early days of the COVID pandemic, urging West Australians to do their part to flatten the curve.

“I think it’s an amazing acknowledgement to the people who are behind me at the Telethon Institute — the people and teachers who do all the work,” he said.

“Telethon Kids Institute has some big exciting plans. We are 31-32 years old and we are in the middle of ramping up the work we do.

“Above all, be driven by what’s important to you and your values. Take your time and do the things that strike you in the heart. It doesn’t matter about the money, it’s about what makes you feel great”

Mr McHenry’s career has involved his two great loves: football and pubs. Born into a hotelier family he bought the Nedlands pub Steve’s at the age of just 27, turning it into a popular place for local musicians to play. These days he has a family winery in Margaret River and helps run a hospitality supply business. He also played a key role in the formation of the West Coast Eagles and went on to chair the WA Football Commission until 2019.

“Well it actually means a lot to people other than myself,” he said about his award.

“The people before me and the people who are going on with sports in Western Australia. For example the West Coast Eagles are a massive icon in our state. For me I was there day one and to see where it is today, it just means a lot for those involved.”

“I’m looking forward to the walk tomorrow for the Dreamtime game. It’s a wonderful thing to happen to Western Australia — sad that’s it’s COVID but it’s great for WA”

Blue Tree Project's Kendall Whyte poses next to the blue tree at Walter Point in Bicton.

Blue Tree Project’s Kendall Whyte poses next to the blue tree at Walter Point in Bicton. Credit: Kelsey Reid/The West Australian

As chief executive and co-founder of Blue Tree Project, Ms Whyte is one of the people behind the painted blue trees that most West Australians will have seen scattered across the State.

The social movement was born out of tragedy after she lost her brother, Jayden, to suicide and the inspiration was a prank Jayden had once played on his father, sneaking on to the family farm to paint a dead tree blue. There are now 612 blue trees across Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Britain and the US, each a visual reminder for people to look after their mental health and check in on their loved ones.

“It’s an absolute honour,” she said.

“It’s a very bitter sweet moment. I will use this opportunity to spread our mission further. We have lots of exciting things to come, it’s amazing.”

Premier Mark McGowan said, “it’s an excellent night and it showcases the best of Western Australian generosity, compassion and selflessness.

“It’s amazing in a world full of COVID we can celebrate events like this.

“You wouldn’t do this in Melbourne, but here you can do these sorts of events and have a great weekend of celebrations and fun.

“We can also have a range of people coming together tonight to acknowledge other West Australians who have done a great job over the course of year.”

Sarah McGowan and Premier Mark McGowan with Sandy Anghie and Michael Anghie.

Sarah McGowan and Premier Mark McGowan with Sandy Anghie and Michael Anghie. Credit: Daniel Wilkins/The West Australian, Daniel Wilkins Picture: Daniel Wilkins

Celebrate WA chair Michael Anghie said the annual awards highlighted the “extraordinary people … who make WA such an incredible place”.

“Richard has made an outstanding contribution to West Australians’ and Australians’ lives in so many ways,” he said. “Throughout his career he has ensured that supporting the community is always a key part of his focus, and I cannot think of a better person to be our 2021 Western Australian of the Year.

“I also congratulate all of the category winners and finalists, who are truly inspirational West Australians who have not only excelled in their chosen fields but also made a significant contribution to the broader community.”

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See the photos from the gala event:

Kendall Whyte.

Kendall Whyte. Credit: Daniel Wilkins/The West Australian

Kerry Stokes and Christine Stokes with Tonya and Malcolm McCusker.

Kerry Stokes and Christine Stokes with Tonya and Malcolm McCusker. Credit: Daniel Wilkins/The West Australian

Sue Skull and Professor Jonathan Carapetis AM.

Sue Skull and Professor Jonathan Carapetis AM. Credit: Daniel Wilkins/The West Australian

Julia Redwood and Rebecca Johnson.

Julia Redwood and Rebecca Johnson. Credit: Daniel Wilkins/The West Australian

Michael Henderson and Murray McHenry.

Michael Henderson and Murray McHenry. Credit: Daniel Wilkins/The West Australian

If you are “in Love” – Beautiful Horizons ahead

Juliana Areias – Beautiful Horizons – Festa Do Interior Concert (BRAZILIAN “DIA DOS NAMORADOS”

Saturday 12 June 7.00pm – BOOK NOW

If you are in love with someone and/or with life and yourself, here is a new concert coming up for you on Sat 12 June – also known as “Dia dos Namorados” (Brazilian “Valentines”Day). Juliana Areias – Beautiful Horizons – Festa Do Interior Concert (Dia dos Namorados)

Perth’s own Brazilian singer-songwriter – Juliana Areias, the “Bossa Nova Baby” – present  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 band  – showcasing the amazing talent and cultural diversity we are so lucky to have in Perth.

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

– Joshua de Silva – Australian/Srilankan Seven string hybrid guitarist

– 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.

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 Photo in the USA during Focus Brazil Awards in Florida. More information at: www.julianaareias.com

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

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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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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.

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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