Poet, singer and composer Beatriz Azevedo is a Brazilian multi-artist. She won the "Bolsa Virtuose", grant from the Ministry of Culture of Brazil in 2002. In 2003 she presented her concert at Verizon Music Festival and at Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) “Brazil Premiere!” in New York.
“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]” is the newest CD of Beatriz Azevedo produced by Alê Siqueira, whose production credits also include Tom Zé, Elza Soares, Carlinhos Brown and Marisa Monte recent albums.
Beatriz Azevedo’s music features on the compilation ”Brazil: The Essential Album”, alongside Tom Jobim, Chico Buarque, Elis Regina, João Gilberto and others 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.
TV Cultura produced a Musical Special Program on her show “Bum Bum Do Poeta”, which was broadcast in December 2000. Editora Iluminuras published her poetry books “Idade da Pedra” (2002) and ‘Peripatético’ (1996).
Graduated in Performing Arts, Beatriz has received prizes in Theatre, Poetry and Dramaturgy. She won a scholarship from the Instituto de Cooperacion Iberoamericana in Spain, studying theatre at ‘Sala Beckett’ in Barcelona. Beatriz Azevedo also studied at Mannes College of Music and at Jazz and Contemporary Music Program in New York.
Beatriz Azevedo’s band in NY includes Smokey Hormel (Tom Waits, Beck), Mauro Refosco (David Byrne), Didi Gutman (Bebel Gilberto), Marivaldo dos Santos and David Heilman (Stomp), Michael Leonhart (Grammy winner) and Bill Holcomb(U-town).
She performed at important music venues in NYC, including Tonic, Knitting Factory and Joe’s Pub. Beatriz also appeared as Vinicius Cantuaria’s special guest in his shows, developing a partnership and new songs for his next album.
“Perhaps the latest in a great, historic line of poet-songstresses from Brazil, Beatriz's singing is reminiscent of the most recent world star of MPB, sassy Marisa Monte, as much as the likes of the late, vulnerable-voiced Elis Regina. The album from which Cena is taken ('Bum Bum do Poeta', which also boasts the Celso Sim-sung, Azevedo-penned gem Circo) ranges from lounge lizard dub to quirky country samba, with the São Paulo siren announcing herself as a major songwriter and singer of great personality.”
RICK GLANVILL [ENGLAND / UK]
one of the UK's most respected world music writers, has contributed articles and reviews to the Guardian, NME, Vox and Blues&Soul, as well as compiling over 70 world music CDs.
“Beatriz Azevedo embodies originality and class in the world of contemporary Brazilian music. Having earned the respect of discerning music lovers around the world, particularly in her native Brazil, in the UK, and in Japan, she makes a rare appearance in NY tonight.”
DANIEL SHIRAI [Flavorpill NY]
"Brazilian singer Beatriz Azevedo is as much poet as songwriter. Her samba-driven arrangements may put you in mind of Arto Lindsay, as will her relaxed vocal delivery".
K. WILLIAMS [Time Out NY]
“Beatriz Azevedo is a recognized Brazilian artist currently making an extended visit to New York. She is an extremely energetic creative artist and performer. Her lyrical side extends to songwriting and performing, as she has released the CD "bum bum do poeta" on Caetano Veloso’s label Natasha Records. All these achievements and her bright personality make Beatriz Azevedo a special artist.”
CHARLES ANDREWS PERRONE [USA]
Ph.D., author of the books "Masters of Contemporary Brazilian Song" and "Brazilian Popular Music and Globalization".
“Beatriz Azevedo’s position musically stands alongside Tom Zé (Bahian, longtime inhabitant of São Paulo), Itamar Assumpção, Arnaldo Antunes, André Abujamra (Karnak), all Paulistas, all multi-artistes. With this CD, one can gauge that Beatriz is not the mistress of a certain type of culture or philosophy, nor a complicated musician. It’s Pop – not the pop music of mass-consumption - she is Pop in the sense of Pop Art.”
JIN NAKAHARA [JAPAN]