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SUNSET SONGS AT NORTH COTTESLOE IS BACK

JULIANA AREIAS – SUNSET SONGS AT NORTH COTTESLOE – EVERY FRIDAY 6-8PM (Beside Barchetta).  Starting on Friday 2nd December 2022 until 28th April 2023.

Bossa Nova & the Beach, the perfect combination. The New Ipanema and New Copacabana is right here at North Cottesloe, with Juliana Areias – the Bossa Nova Baby and friends.

Enjoy Perth’s perfect open air summer nights by the sea featuring Juliana Areias breezy vocals accompanied by guitarists Joshua de Silva, Shon Boublil and percussionist Rafael Medeiros de Souza.

Award-winning Brazilian Jazz singer-songwriter Juliana Areias 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.  

Living in Perth since 2007, Juliana Areias celebrates the 3rd consecutive year of her Sunset Songs at North Cottesloe project: “It has been my dream come true to sing gentle bossa nova and bring a bit of the Copacabana 60’s atmosphere to North Cottesloe, my favourite beach in Perth, the place I love to call home. North Cottesloe in many ways is more beautiful than iconic beaches such as Malibu, Bondi, Copacabana and Ipanema. It is wonderful to see that our Sunset Songs Series have been contributing to enhance this perception”.

Recently considered as a Distinguished Global talent by Australia, 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.

–“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

JULIANA AREIAS – ALEGRIA CONCERT – SAT 17 DeC – LET’S CELEBRATE THE HIGH NOTES OF 2022

Juliana Areias – Alegria Concert

Saturday 17 December 7.00pm – BOOK NOW

Juliana Areias invites you to celebrate the end of the year in Brazilian style, and experience the magical diversity that gives Brazilian Music its abundance of creativity and excitement. Roll-up for an entrancing night of rhythms and sunny songs from the country of bossa nova, samba and carnival with Perth’s own award-winning Brazilian singer-songwriter – Juliana Areias, the “Bossa Nova Baby”.

This vibrant concert 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 – and will feature some of the finest Brazilian songs of all time. From fresh arrangements of bossa classics such as “The Girl from Ipanema” 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 Alegria Concert will make your heart beat stronger and your imagination fly high.

Alegria is the word for Joy in Portuguese and Spanish. Come to rediscover the Brazilian spirit of joy! Let’s celebrate the high notes of 2022: the year the world controlled the covid pandemic, Brazilians elected a democratic president and Juliana Areias herself was officially acknowledged as a “Global Distinguished Talent” by Australia.

For this exceptionally colourful concert, 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).

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. 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: www.julianaareias.com

Great Sertão: Meanderings: talk, workshop and Brazilian music

FREE EVENT – REGISTER NOW (Sunday 4 December 2022 – 1-5pm) at Mattie Furphy House

An afternoon celebration of the work of Brazilian writer João Guimarães Rosa, literary translation, creative writing and Brazilian music.

In 1965 João Guimarães Rosa published Grande Sertão: Veredas, Brazil’s most iconic work of literature, written in a blend of backlands dialect and made-up language. The award-winning Australian literary translator Alison Entrekin is working on a new English-language translation of this literary masterpiece with the support of the Itaú Cultural and the Australia Council.

Join Alison for a talk on this most innovative of writers, and then get creative in a “transcreation” workshop (translation + creative writing), in which participants recreate passages of this work in English. No knowledge of Portuguese is required and support materials will be provided.

Afterwards, enjoy a late-afternoon snack and take in the beautiful woodland setting of the Fellowship of Australian Writers WA’s Mattie Furphy House as the award-winning Juliana Areias performs Brazilian music.

Juliana Areias says: “One of the most astonishing books of Brazilian literature “Grande Sertao: Veredas” by superstar author Guimarães Rosa is about to gain a new translation by superstar Australian translator Alison Entrekin – and guess what, if you are in Perth on Sunday 4th December, you will have a rare opportunity to spend a delicious afternoon with her and be transported to Guimarães Rosa land. I will be there, experiencing every moment of her talk and workshop and singing at the end of it as well! Free event. Make your reservation at eventbrite. Event link also available at my website: www.julianaareias.com . Thank you The Brazilian Embassy in Canberra for supporting the arts and cultural exchange between Brazil and Australia”.

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OCEANO CONCERT AND OTHER MUSICAL ADVENTURES

JULIANA AREIAS – OCEANO CONCERT – SAT 12 NOV 2022 – 7PM at the Ellington Jazz Club – Book now

After being officially acknowledged as a “Global Distinguished Talent” by Australia, Perth’s own award winning Brazilian singer-songwriter – Juliana Areias, the “Bossa Nova Baby”, invites you on a magic musical voyage.

Hoist the colours high and set your imagination free! The Oceano concert will feature songs about the seven seas, iconic beaches, mythic creatures, lost treasures and tales of Neptune, Poseidon, Yemanja, sirens, mermaids, pirates, fish-men, African slave ships and Atlantis’s mysteries.

Dive into Brazil’s most evocative rhythms  – bossa, samba, baiao, afoxe, maracatu, and samba-jazz fusions – featuring fresh arrangement of classics such as “The Girl from Ipanema” and “Beyond the Sea” (“La Mer”) as well as alluring songs by iconic Brazilian artists such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Djavan, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Alceu Valença, Tim Maia, Maria Gadu, Marina, Lenine, Lulu Santos, Marisa Montes, Ceu, Chico Buarque and Edu Lobo.

The concert will also reference Christiane Anu’s iconic rendition of Warumpi Band’s Australian song “My Island Home” and UK artists who influenced Juliana Areias when she lived in Europe during the 90’s – David Byrne’s record with Caetano Veloso “Dreamworld – Red Hot” (1998) and Smoke City’s record “Underwater Love” (1997) – as well as Madonna’s 1989 hit “Cherish” which includes a line from 1966 “Cherish” by California band “The Association”.

Aboard with Juliana for this musical adventure are her captains of groove, showcasing the amazing young talent and cultural diversity we are so lucky to have in Perth: Joshua de Silva (guitar), Paul Millard (sax/flute), Bronton Ainsworth (drums) and Rafael Medeiros de Souza (percussion).

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. 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: www.julianaareias.com

OTHER MUSICAL ADVENTURES

DARLINGTON ARTS FESTIVAL – 6 NOV 2022

Last weekend, Juliana Areias had a beautiful day performing with Ziriguidum Band at The Darlington Arts Festival as their special guest! “Thank you groovy & talented women! We performed together a song called “E d’Oxum” (by Geronimo) – dedicated to Oxum, the Brazilian Afro Goddess of the fresh water – with its ability to flow and to be flexible. From Oxum to Yemanja – the Goddess of the Salt waters – you are invited to Juliana Areias – Oceano Concert on Sat 12 Nov -7pm at The Ellington Jazz Club. Tickets at www.julianaareias.com

POLITICS AND BOSSA NOVA – AIIA Event – Monday 7 Nov 2022

Last night, We had a wonderful event dedicated to Brazil’s Democracy future. Thank you AIIA WA and super Political Scientist Flavia Bellieni Zimmermann for the fantastic evening, and for the pleasure to be part of it.

On 30 Oct 2022, I voted against Bolsonaro and so did the majority of the Brazilians voters. Our votes must be respected, this is democracy. Coping Trump style, Bolsonaro and his fanatic supporters are shamefully not accepting the democratic results. There is no acceptable excuse for it.

Since I was a child, the songs that come to my mind every day reviews my feelings and state of spirit. Since the official results of the the 2022 Brazilian Presidential election was announced, where Brazilian democratic candidate Lula won, defeating Brazilian autocratic Bolsonaro, this is the song that has been in my mind. It was a joy to perform it for the first time last night Monday 7 Nov 2022. See the song’s translation below

Pra Começar ( Marina Lima & Antônio Cícero)

(Let’s face it) To begin with,

Who will repair the broken shard pieces of the Old World? ( No one will)

Patriarchies, Families, religions and prejudices

When they break, no way to fix them.

Now it is time to discover who you truly love, for the world can be yours

If everything has fallen, let it fall, let in dawn on, for the world can be yours.

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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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