Brazilian singer and songwriter Thalma de Freitas is just catching up what she’s done in the last decade – but that doesn’t mean she is hitting the stage with more of the same. Her new show entitled Serendipity Lab kicks off on August 4th at Skirball Cultural Center, bringing an intoxicating musical experiment on samba, jazz, world music and bossa nova. “Many of the songs I’ve never performed onstage before.”
In Brazil, Thalma is widely known as a multifaceted artist. Her professional career began in 1992 in musical theatre with the Brazilian production of Hair. From there, she has performed in three movies and in 17 soap operas at Rede Globo, the major television network in Brazil.
Simultaneously, Thalma was actively engaged in the Brazilian music scene, with a passion for singing, garnering much respect as an independent artist. She was crooner of carioca big band Orquestra Imperial and has collaborated with many prestigious artists such as Caetano Veloso, Céu, Madlib, and Nublu Orquestra. Among her most recents collaborations, she sings on chorus on the acclaimed Kamasi Washington’s jazz album The Epic, released in 2015. In that same year, she added her sensual voice to Quantic’s album Magnetica with Águas de Sarongo.
Thalma de Freitas moved from Rio to Los Angeles in 2012 to start a family with photographer and filmmaker Brian Cross aka B+, of the eminent production company Mochilla. From their marriage was born the sweet Gaelle, and different music projects such as the video clip of San Bernardino’s native Moses Sumney, Replaceable, which Thalma produced. “Since my daughter was born, I’ve been seriously focused in quality over quantity but I’ve never stopped making music.”
With her most intimate project, the one woman show DiscoCanto, Thalma has performed in small venues in California, playing and singing along a number of Brazilian tunes – watch below her rehearsal for a recent presentation at Record Store Night, in Los Angeles.
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On Serendipity Lab, Thalma join forces with singer and songwriter Carla Hassett, pianist Catina Deluna, saxophonist/producer Sylvester Onyejiaka aka Sly 5thAve, Jonas Sá on guitar and synths, Ana Barreiro on drums and Gibi da Bahia on percussions. The repertoire brings Thalma’s original songs like Ecstasy, a bolero she composed with legendary Brazilian pianist João Donato and recently recorded by Gal Costa.
Serendipity Lab is more than a retrospective of Thalma de Freitas’ career on music, the sonic experience celebrates her rich heritage and strong creative expression.