Elis- A Celebration- A Brazilian Night in Los Angeles

If you like Samba you shouldn’t miss this performance at the Brazil Cultural Center Jan.21st and start your New Year with some Brazilian beats. The night will mix live music with a slide show, video screening and a photo exhibition by photographer Jorge Vismara, capturing intimate images of Nature, human emotions and the performing arts and music by Katia Moraes featuring musicians Antonio Sant’Anna, Leo Costa, Mitchell Long and Bill Brendle. Brad Austin is in charge of the set design and Brazilian photographer Caesar Lima signed the official poster.

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Katia Moraes began her career as a singer in 1979 influenced by Elis Regina. After playing “The Singer” in the play “The Chalk Circle” by Bertold Brecht, Katia was invited to join the band  "O Espirito da Coisa" with whom she recorded and toured Brazil.

 After moving to Los Angeles in 1990, she started lending her voice to films and television found The Rio Thing band with Mario Costa. She sang from Bossa Nova to Axé, to Forró, MPB and Jazz.

 In 1994 she found “Brazil Nuts” band with her musician friends and started composing and writing lyrics. In 1996 she released her first CD entitled "Ten Feet and the Sun”. Writing lyrics ignited the creation of “Brazilian Heart” newsletter and her contributions to Soul Brasil magazine and Brazil Today. Brazilian Heart explores issues of culture, art and music following her personal whims and passions. Blog: www.katiabrazil.blogspot.com   

“Brazilian Heart” also became the name of her class “Introduction to Brazilian Culture Through Movement.”

 While performing with Sambaguru, Katia created “Pure Samba,” a special project where she sang old sambas from her childhood years. Pure Samba won the L.A. Treasure Award, granted in part, by the California Traditional Music Society, a facility of the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, and The California Traditional Music Society.

 In 1999 she released "Ginga" with Sambaguru, followed by "Live" by Kufala Records in 2003. Her 4th CD with Sambaguru by Moondo Records is called "Navegar ao Sol". In 2009 Sambaguru released "Tribo" that was on the Preliminary Nominating Ballot for the Grammy 2009.

 Kátia is currently creating a new show to premier in 2012 entitled Heart to Heart – An Open Letter to Brazil. She keeps singing with Sambaguru, Pure Samba, Brazilian Hearts, Samba Society, Oscar Castro-Neves, and Viver Brasil Dance Company. 

This is the first time Brasil Brasil Cultural Center will present a tribute to the great Brazilian singer Elis.

Don’t miss this opportunity!


DATE/TIME: Saturday, January 21, 2011 -  7:00 pm

VENUE: Brasil Brasil Cultural Center

11928 Washington Blvd. (c/s Inglewood), Los Angeles, CA 90066

(310) 397-3667 / www.brasilbrasil.org

TICKETS: $15 General, $10 Students and seniors

For more information, call: visit: www. www.katiamoraes.com

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