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Women in Brazilian Song: Kenia and Alison Crockett
October 23 @ 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Join us for the second program in our virtual performance series that features women in Brazilian song! We invite Kenia and Alison Crockett for a conversation about their careers as vocalists, and some opportunities to see and hear their work. The conversation will be moderated by Pablo Regis.
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About the artists:
Hailing from Rio de Janeiro, vocalist Kenia has become one of the foremost exponents of Brazilian song in the United States. From her debut on the great trumpet player Claudio Roditi’s, “Red on Red,” to her upcoming 2020 Mooka Records release, she has epitomized the breezy elegance, refinement and groove of the best of modern Brazilian music. In 2008, Kenia won the Brazilian Press Award for Best CD of the Year, and was nominated for a Grammy for her release, “Simply Kenia.” Along with eight critically acclaimed solo releases (and counting), Kenia has performed at national and international festivals from the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival to the Bonaire Heineken Jazz Festival in the ABC Islands.
On seminal recordings by King Britt, Blue Six, Us3, and a host of others, Alison Crockett’s voice has provided a velvety, sensual finishing touch for cutting edge beats. Her voice dripping soul with generous helpings of jazz, gospel and blues, she has taken the baton from divas of the present and past such as Rachelle Farrelle, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Donna Summer, Elis Regina, and Sarah Vaughn and forged a uniquely personal and singular musical vision. Alison’s latest project, released in November 2018, focuses on a new love: Brazilian music. After visiting the country she decided to mix her musical loves to create the project, “Obrigada.” Recorded in the city of São Paulo in the summer of 2017 with Brazilian jazz musicians Felipe Silviera, Thiago Alves, and Palinho Vicente, Alison has weaved a refreshing sound love of jazz, bossa nova, and soul that continues to highlight her fearlessness as a musical traveler boldly projecting her inimitable voice into the sonic future.