From circus clown to songwriting, from São Paulo to the world: Brazilian multi artist Tchella has a lot to tell!
(GF) How was your first contact with music?
(Tchella) Probably it must have been in my mother's womb, because my father always liked music (laughs). When I was two, my parents gave me a little piano toy and I was fascinated by it. At the age of five, I got a microphone recorder and recorded thousands of songs on it. At 8, I entered the choir of the school and at 12 I started at the musical conservatory to study popular keyboard and theory. Despite to my strong connection to music, I never imagined that I would become a singer. At 12, I got in contact with performing arts and decided that I wanted to be an actress. I´ve spent my teenage years preparing myself to apply for a good performing arts school. I took circus, theatre, dance and music classes and workshops. Finally, I graduated in Performing Arts and worked professionally in the field since I was 17 years old. I have experience with theatre, street theatre, circus, cinema, advertising and music. But then, when I was 23 I started composing and I wrote many songs. That was the beginning of my career in music.
(GF) What are your musical references?
(Tchella) The biggest influence is Elis Regina, with her soulful and passionate interpretations. I also like Rita Lee and Maria Bethania very much and also Pitty, Tulipa Ruiz, Céu.
(GF) Working with all those forms of expression, you probably have some amazing stoires to tell. Any particular one?
(Tchella) Many ones, actually. I witnessed, for example, an audience that could not understand a word of Portuguese being moved to tears, while I sang and played the song "A Triste Partida", by Brazilian author Patativa do Assaré and I almost froze my toes once doing a tour in Portugal, in the middle of the winter, performing texts from the same author. Once I have starred in a production that won the Cannes Film Festival. I had my picture printed in international newspapers, but I only heard of the award a long time later. But one of the most memorable experiences is the presence of pianist Pepe Cisneros, who already played with Elza Soares, Caetano, Fabiana Cozza, Toninho Horta recording a track in my first album: Transmutante.
(GF) Any new projects?
(Tchella) The Transmutante Tour begins in May 2019. It will start in Rio de Janeiro, with a presentation at Audio Rebel on the 19th. On the 28th I'm in São Paulo at Centro Cultural São Paulo. This year, I will also visit Brasília, Curitiba and Belo Horizonte. In the second half of the year, I will release the music video Supernatural, a super production with a super team and a Tchella totally transmuted on stage. And new singles are also planned to be released in music platforms by the end of the year.
Written by Geisa Fernandes - Brasil / Rio de Janeiro
The repertoire of this jazz singer and awarded songwriter from Rio de Janeiro reveals influences of Brazilian popular music, the French chanson and Latin American rhythms, but most of all, Geisa Fernandes is a jazz singer. Billie Holiday aficionada (back in college folks used to call her "Lady Doc"), this PhD holder and Comics researcher was a former vocalist of several bands in São Paulo.
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