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Where The Django 2 Avenue of the Americas, Cellar Level New York, NY 10013 Map It
Mar 23, 2022
Mar 23, 2022
Alexia Bomtempo - Vocals
Vitor Gonçalves - Piano
Eduardo Belo - Bass
Jake Owen - Guitar
Dennis Bulhões - Drums
Since relocating back to New York City, the Brazilian-American singer-songwriter Alexia Bomtempo has fully embraced, challenged, and redefined the Northern half of her American artistic roots. Equally comfortable wandering amidst hazy memory-inducing soundscapes as she is in delivering flowing melodies influenced by her beachside upbringing in Rio de Janeiro, Alexia is an artist of multiple worlds. Her sound is individual and confidently feminine, navigating genres ranging from classic American song to exploratory Tropicália. In 2008, she began touring throughout Brazil, Europe, Japan and the U.S in support of her debut release Astrolábio (EMI Brazil).
Her 2013 English language tribute to Caetano Veloso, I Just Happen to Be Here (Biscoito Fino) was called “an ingeniously produced, lucidly performed, and hauntingly beautiful collection...” (Village Voice). BlackBook Magazine called her 2017 album Chasing Storms and Stars “a deeply poignant meditation on lost love, broken dreams and the soul-searching confusion that comes with revisiting those memories.”
Her latest album, the jazz-meets-bossa-nova-flavored Suspiro (Ropeadope Records) was released in 2020 to critical acclaim. NPR’s The Latin Alternative named it “one of the best albums of the year”; Jazziz Magazine highlighted its timeless quality; American Songwriter defined it as “an exploratory journey”; KCRW radio hosts fell in love with Alexia’s voice. Suspiro was produced by French producer and drummer Stéphane San Juan – known for his work with a diverse group of acclaimed international artists including David Byrne, Caetano Veloso, Tulipa Ruiz, Amadou & Mariam – and American guitarist Jake Owen (Augustana, Charanga Cakewalk, Forró in the Dark). The album features Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist Michael Leonhart (Steely Dan, Mark Ronson, The Roots).
As described by the Washington Post, the “top-shelf Brazilian jazz musician” is currently working with Grammy Award nominated pianist Orrin Evans on a Brazilian inspired jazz ensemble featuring acclaimed modern jazz musicians Clarence Penn (drums), Luques Curtis (bass) and Leandro Pellegrino (guitar). Entitled Terreno Comum, the quintet has appeared at this year’s DC Jazz Festival and Exit Zero Jazz Festival and plans to release their debut album in 2022.