The L.A. Tribute to Luiz Melodia w/ Carla Hassett, Emina Shimanuki, Jessica Vautor, Sonia Santos, THALMA de FREITAS
Sat · March 24, 2018
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm
This event is 21 and over
The Brazilla Music Collective and Zebulon Café present the LA Tribute to the great Brazilian singer-songwriter Luiz Melodia with an exclusive band + two special guests:
Guitarist Renato Piau, Melodia's musical partner for decades; and stellar percussionist Steve Thornton!
Starling the singers Thalma de Freitas, Carla Hassett, Sônia Santos, Emina Shimanuki, and Jessica Vautor, the dream-team is music directed by guitarist Denys Cristian and features André de Sant’anna on bass, Gibi Dos Santos on percussion, Léo Costa on drums; Mika Mutti on piano, Randal Fisher on saxophone, and Ted Falcon on violin and mandolin.
Carla Hassett is a Los Angeles based session singer, guitarist, songwriter, recording artist, producer, and music educator. Native of São Paulo, Brazil, and schooled in the recording studios of Chicago, she has an accomplished career as a musician, having recorded with Gino Vannelli, Enrique Bunbury, Michael Bublé, among many others. Carla sang in the 2012 Latin Grammy Person of the Year Show honoring treasured Brazilian composer Caetano Veloso. She also sang on several feature films, including the Oscar nominated (for best original song) RIO for composers Sergio Mendes, Carlinhos Brown, and John Powell, and RIO 2 with Janelle Monae and her band.
In Brazil, Carla’s song Teu Olhar became the theme song for the telenovela Amor e Ódio and soon after she released her first EP, appropriately titled First. Her second album, Quero Saber, features a duet with Mike Patton. Carla dug deep into her Brazilian roots and released the critically acclaimed album Circulo in 2010, with guest appearance by legendary drummer James Gadson. Carla graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Music Production from the Berklee College of Music and is currently on faculty at Flea's (Red Hot Chili Peppers) Silverlake Conservatory of Music, and the Commercial Music faculty at California State University LA.
Emina Shimanuki comes from both Brazilian and Japanese backgrounds and has built a successful career as a singer in Los Angeles. She has been involved with the local Brazilian music community for almost ten years. She has been part of two accomplished Brazilian bands: Samba Society, focused on sambas from the 60’s and 70’s, for nine years; and MoForro, playing a rhythm from Northeast Brazil, for five years. Emina has been singing since she was a child, but the wish to pursue the career emerged in high school, when she was part of a mixed choir. She was also part of an acapella group in college. The many years playing classical piano also helped with theory, rhythm, and pitch. She has had the privilege to sing at places such as the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre and Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
Jessica Jeza Vautor is a singer and songwriter from the Caribbean Island of Martinique. Her father Robin Vautor, a gifted composer and guitarist and member of the Caribbean Jazz Band “Fall Frett”, groomed her for Jazz music. From an early age, she would perform with her dad’s band in concerts and festivals. At the age of 17, she left the island to study Jazz at the “Centre d’Information Musical”, the most prestigious Jazz School in Europe and Opera at the “Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris” one of the best French schools for classical music. She also attended the renowned “Musicians Institute” in Los Angeles. Jessica’s artistic journey has inspired her to revisit classic bossa nova songs with the particularity of restoring their vintage/classical DNA while enhancing their underlying Caribbean/South American traits/grooves. The lyrics are adapted in French and Portuguese bringing back the sonorities of bossa nova’s golden age. The arrangements range from classicism to Caribbean accents to appeal to both listening and dancing moods. Jessica currently lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches at the Cornel School of Music, LACM (Los Angeles College of Music) and the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. She is a resident performer at the Jazz incubator venue “Blue Whale” and has collaborated with many talented artists.
Sonia Santos started her career as a singer and actress in the early seventies. Her slow and version of the song “Brasileirinho” (by Valdir Azevêdo), part of her debut solo album entitled Sonia Santos, became a hit in 1975. The famous carioca singer-songwriter Jorge Ben Jor gave her the song Speed, in 1978, one of her greatest hits. In 1988, Ms. Santos starred the show “Verão Brasil” with Tom da Bahia, and toured many countries gaining rave reviews. After the tour, Santos moved to Los Angeles, where she has built a successful career as recording and performing artist. In 1997, she recorded her solo album “Sorte”, which features a Spanish version of a song that her good friend Luiz Melodia wrote for her called Juventud (originally Gerações). In 1999, she teamed up with singer Ana Gazzola, a fruitful partnership that has resulted in four albums, two DVDs and touring around the world.
THALMA de FREITAS
Thalma de Freitas is a pioneer actress of color in the era of Afrocentric affirmation in Brazil, having performed in the theater and in over 15 telenovelas at Rede Globo. As a singer, she is one of the most prominent voices of her generation and continues to grow the legacy of her father, pianist and maestro Laércio de Freitas. DeFreitas smooth silky mezzo alto and charismatic performances were, for over a decade, a highlight of the big band Orquestra Imperial. Her songwriting and vision have led to a wide variety of collaborations with both contemporary and legendary musicians, such as João Donato, Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, Céu, Anelis Assumpção, Tulipa Ruiz, Felipe Catto, Quantic, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Kamasi Washington and Moses Sumney. Living in Los Angeles since 2012, Thalma has been invited to perform her charismatic SambaJazz in venues like Blue Whale, Grand Performances, ArtPower at UCSD, Skirball Center, Union Station and UCLA's Royce Hall. She is married to hip-hop photographer Brian ‘B+’ Cross, co-founder of Mochilla, and founded its sister-brand, the Brazilla Music Collective.