Beatriz Azevedo is a poet, singer and composer, multi-artist from São Paulo, based in Rio de Janeiro, who has emerged in recent years as “one of Brazil's most innovative artists”. She has collaborated with leading Brazilian musicians such as Tom Zé and Vinicius Cantuária, as well as with renowned Teatro Oficina’s tropicalist diretor Zé Celso.
This year, label Biscoito Fino is releasing her first live album, antroPOPhagia, recorded at Lincoln Center in New York. So far, Beatriz has released 3 CDs with her original music, by labels Biscoito Fino and Natasha Records (Brazil), Nippon Crown (Japan), Discmedi (Spain), DG (France) and Mondomix (France).
Beatriz Azevedo’s music features on the compilation ”Brazil: The Essential Album” alongside Tom Jobim, Chico Buarque, Elis Regina, João Gilberto and other Brazilian masters, released by the UK label Union Square Music. Also in England the CD “Bossa Nova Nights” contains a further two tracks by Beatriz Azevedo.
“Bum Bum do Poeta”, first CD by Beatriz Azevedo, was released in Brazil by Caetano Veloso’s label Natasha Records and in Japan by Nippon Crown Records. “Mapa-mundi [samba and poetry]”, the second CD of Beatriz Azevedo, was produced by Alê Siqueira, whose production credits also include Elza Soares, Carlinhos Brown and Marisa Monte recent albums.
“Alegria” the third album, released by Biscoito Fino in Brazil and Discmedi (Spain), DG (France) in Europe, was produced by Beatriz Azevedo, with arrangements by Cristóvão Bastos, partner of Chico Buarque and Paulinho da Viola, maestro to Gal Costa and Nana Caymmi.
Beatriz has performed widely throughout Brazil, Europe and the United States. In recent years she has performed at many international festivals, as CELEBRATE BRAZIL at LINCOLN CENTER (New York), CMJ MUSIC MARATHON & FILM FESTIVAL (NewYork), FEMMES DU MONDE (Paris, France), MIRADA FESTIVAL IBERO-AMERICANO (Brasil), POPKOMM FESTIVAL (Berlim, Germany), DUNYA FESTIVAL (Rotterdam, Netherlands), COPA DA CULTURA (Berlim, Germany), ART ANTHROPOPHAGIE AUJOURD'HUI (Paris, France), FLIP (Festa Literaria lnternacional de Parati), VERIZON MUSIC Festival (Nova York), MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) Brazil Premiere, and more.
Beatriz Azevedo’s band in NY included Smokey Hormel (Tom Waits, Beck), Mauro Refosco (Forro in the Dark, David Byrne), Didi Gutman (Bebel Gilberto, Brazilian Girls), Marivaldo dos Santos and David Heilman (Stomp), Michael Leonhart (Vinicius Cantuária) and Bill Holcomb (U-town).
In addition to her career as an artist, she is a PhD in Performing Arts at UNICAMP and has an M.A. in Literature at USP Universidade de São Paulo (thesis about Oswald de Andrade's "Anthropophagia" and "Cannibalist Manifesto" (1928). Graduated in Performing Arts, she studied music at Mannes College of Music and Jazz and Contemporary Music Program in New York. She won a scholarship from the Instituto de Cooperacion Iberoamericana in Spain, studying dramaturgy at ‘Sala Beckett’ in Barcelona. She won the "Bolsa Virtuose", renowned grant from the Ministry of Culture of Brazil, and many other prizes in Theatre, Poetry and Dramaturgy.