CANTAR – Who are we:
David Treece – Adviser
Camoens Professor of Portuguese in the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies at King’s College London, where he directed the Centre for the Study of Brazilian Culture and Society from 1996 to 2010. Since 2000 his work has concentrated on Brazilian popular music, and the culture and politics of race and Afro-Brazilian identity. His book Brazilian Jive: From Samba to Bossa and Rap (Reaktion, 2013) brings together these most recent research interests. At King’s he leads a research group on Brazilian popular music and he is currently researching the cultural translation of Brazilian song in the UK. David is Chair of the Council of Management of Latin America Bureau, a non-governmental news and analysis organization. He has been singing with the Brazilian vocal group Nossa Voz since 2007, and is an adviser for Creative Brazil.
Gui Tavares – Producer and Instructor
Music professional residing in London for the last 12 years. He is the founder of ‘Nossa Voz’, www.nossavoz.org embraces various nationalities, mixes voices and musical arrangements with drama and dance elements. It aims to show the British public the richness diversity of Brazilian Popular Music and contemporary songs.’He is one of the creators of Minas Heart of Brazil’ www.minas-heart-of-brazil.com, a multi-media event that brings arts and culture of Minas Gerais state a partnership with Brazilian Institute of Kings College London and Brazilian Embassy. Also facilitated workshops at Guildhall College of Music and Drama, Canning House, Young Vic and Southbank Centre.
Nuno Faisca – Producer
Professional actor since 2007, Nuno has also worked as Marketer, PR, Assistant Producer and Stage Manager Assistant. A quiet creative individual with further experience in events organization, logistics, dealing with the public. Speaks Portuguese as mother tongue and is fluent in English, German and Spanish. Nossa Voz Singing Group member since 2008. His role in CANTAR project is related areas such as Production, Strategy and Marketing.
Laura Arantes – Stage and scene
Actress, director and designer. Laura worked in plays in Minas Gerais – Brazil amd in London. Directed the show “Circus Buarque de Holanda” with Nossa Voz and Orquestra at Guildhall Music and Drama auditorium in a memorable show. As a scenary and costume designer made shows in London with Nossa Voz providing appropriate costumes for different themes and epocas. She sings at Nossa Voz since 2005.
Julia Kalache – Singing interpretation
Visual artist with a background in Fashion and Print design. She has worked as a costume designer and teacher of a variety of art techniques in the field of art and performing arts. In her artistic work she endeavors to capture live dance movement in drawn line and fabric both on and off stage. Nossa Voz Singing Group member since 2008.
Alba Cabral – Group practice
Singer and teacher, plays the percussion, dances, practises Body Percussion, studies the guitar. All the arts seem to scintillates in front her eyes. She was born in Sao Paulo, Brasil and her greatest school was the Street, a “Rua” since the first parades at Mangue, a village in Sao Paulo, where musicians from all parts of Brazil used to meet and share melodies, rhythms, traditions. Alba created all body movements of the great show “Ritmos do Brazil”
Gabi Kozyra – Singing Technic
Jazz and Brazilian music singer and a teacher of singing. Sang and let many close harmony project as well as choirs. Participated in various jazz, latin and Brazilian music projects among them her own entitled “Uma gringa canta Guinga”. Performed at many jazz festivals across Europe including North Sea Jazz festival to mention only one. Received a scholarship to study choro and samba at Escola Portátil de Música in Rio de Janeiro. Worked with Nueva Manteca, Roberto Taufic, Nelson Faria, Billy Hart, Rick Margitza, Anna Elis de Jong among many more. Currently, works on new projects in London.
Specialties:jazz and brazilian music, vocal coaching,
Alua Nascimento – Rhythm tutor
Multi-instrumentalist, toured around Europe with Sam Lee, the winner of 2011 Arts Foundation Awards. His first tour around Europe with an international group called Interkunst, a mixture of dance, circus, capoeira, theatre and music. In collaboration with Afro Reggae he developed and directed the project “Bigga Bloco”, a drumming line composed of young people from East London, which performed at the Barbican, Stoke Fest, Astoria and Carling Academy in Highbury and Islington.At the end of that year he passed an audition for STOMP where now he is in the cast.
Fabricio Azevedo – Music theory
Instrumentalist, composer and workshop leader. A experienced music teacher and versatile musician who studied Bachelor of Music. Throughout his career and university, Fabricio has worked with renowned musicians and conductors. He specializes in percussion and drumming, playing various types of music including Classical, Latin music, Jazz and Samba Drumming. Fabricio have been playing with Vibe & Bossa Project developing the interpretation of Bossa-Nova, Chorinhos and Northeast Brazilian Music together with Jazz and Universal music concepts.
Roberto Manzin – Musician
Has an extense carrer with big names of Jazz music and performances including Brazilian shows, bands and gigs, He also worked as in Southbank Singing Workshop event with Gui Tavares Manzin continues to be a popular session player (he recorded on eight albums in 2010, ranging in style from Pop to Latin, Rock/Blues, Ska and Jazz) and appears in music festivals throughout Europe, as well as performing regularly at many venues in London.
Susannah Flack – Tuning aspects
Steel pan player and occasional vocalist based in London. She trained at Glissando Steel Orchestra in London and Starlift Steel Orchestra in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Susannah specializes in Jazz, Latin and Brazilian music and performs regularly with various ensembles in and around London.
Trevor Antonio Kentish – Musician
Professional percussionist with over twenty years experience working with a varied and eclectic mix of African, Latin American and Jazz artists, in various venues in London, including Ronnie Scotts, Pizza Express, Royal Festival Hall and also internationally. Shows and groups he has been involved with include: Billy Ocean and the West End musical Thriller-Live the music of Michael Jackson.