Gabriela Kozyra – an evening of Brazilian song, opening the London International Arts Festival

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"A love note from a singer to Brazil" (Songlines). Originally from a Polish family of musicians of mainly vocal tradition, Gabriela Kozyra has a beautiful new album, recorded in Rio de Janeiro, where she immersed herself in the rich world of music-makers, some of whom, including the extraordinary guitarist and composer Guinga, contributed to this latest project. She invites us to discover Noites Brasileiras, her exquisite collection of unpublished Samba, Valsa, Choro and Marcha Rancho treasures from the new Brazilian songbook. "A Brazilian trip of the highest quality" to quote renowned Brazilian singer Monica Salmaso. We are delighted to be partnering again, for the second time, with the London International Arts Festival curated by Indian violinist Jyotsna Srikanth.

Monica Salmaso goes on to say that Gabriela presents a beautiful and mature work on an album in which "exquisite songs of new and important composers [are] treated as they should be and sung with precision and much love." She continued, "I was proud to see Brazil give a fruit to a CD like this, at a time when Brazil needs to understand itself, to recognize itself."

About Noites Brasileiras it has also been said "With a playful flair accentuated by the clarinet sound of Rui Alvim and Aquiles Moraes' trumpet, vigorous samba (Eduardo Neves and Mauro Aguiar) gives lightness to an album set in the sometimes dense atmosphere of the Brazilian song that resists the pressure of the phonographic industry" (Mauro Ferreira, G1, March 2019)

For more than 10 years Gabriela Kozyra has performed on the stages of European jazz festivals and jazz houses in London, where she lives. Gabriela graduated in jazz singing from The Royal Conservatoire of the Hague and holds a Master’s in Brazilian music from the Codarts Conservatoire in Rotterdam. In 2010, she had the opportunity to immerse herself in the vast universe of Brazilian music when she lived in Rio de Janeiro and studied samba at the Escola Portatil de Música. It is there she met many of the musicians and composers of the songs of her first album: Marcelo de Macedo Noronha, Miguel Rabello Bastos, João Camarero, Luis Barcelos, Eduardo Neves, João Sholl, Guinga, Anna Paes and the lyricists Paulo César Pinheiro, Vidal Assis, Mauro Aguiar and Renata Macedo.

The album, recorded between July and August of 2018 in Rio de Janeiro, counts with the participation of the composers themselves as arrangers and instrumentalists. Among them is the extraordinary guitarist and composer Guinga, who plays guitar in the waltz Noites Brasileiras, which gave the title to the album and which he composed 50 years ago in partnership with Paulo César Pinheiro, and in Bordado de Rancho, a marcha rancho composed by Anna Paes and Vidal Assis. Although released in February this year, the opportunities to hear these songs live have been few.

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Listen to them on Resonance FM in session live on A World In London:

The venue is a deliciously sumptuous sofa-filled home-crafted cinema like none other, housed in a beautiful building oozing the history both of the neighbourhood and of costume creation. Even the loos are like none other in London!! Uniquely again, a ticket entitles you to free tea/coffee. Stronger stuff is available at the riverside Mayflower Pub, only a few cobble stones away. We recommend the nearby Ship Pub too. Sands Films is an inspiringly intimate place to hear fabulous music.

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