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”, says Thalma, also known as the “maestro’s daughter”, regarding her father Laércio de Freitas, an acclaimed arranger, composer, pianist, and conductor who currently lives in São Paulo.
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 distinguished movies and in 17 popular TV shows at Rede Globo, the major television network in Brazil, and became one of the most successful actresses at a time with very few visible Black Brazilian women on-screen in that country.
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, Marcelo D2, Madlib, and Love Trio.
Among her most recents collaborations, Thalma sings on chorus on the acclaimed Kamasi Washington’ jazz album The Epic (XXXX). Also XXXX Quantic’s album Magnetica (band project of British musician Will Holland) brings the artist’s sensual voice featured on Águas de Sarongo, which she performed live in New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Los Angeles.
In 2012, Thalma de Freitas moved from Rio de Janeiro to Los Angeles 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.”
On Serendipity Lab, Thalma join forces with producer Georgia Anne Muldrow, saxophonist/producer Sylvester Onyejiaka, also known as Sly 5thAve and bassist/producer Gabe Noel. The repertoire blends interpretations of Brazilian classics like Sergio Ricardo’s Esse Mundo é Meu and original songs like Ecstasy, a bolero recently recorded by Gal Costa, and created with legendary Brazilian pianist João Donato .
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.
Download Thalma’s compilation A Trilha da Filha.
Serendipity Lab by Thalma de Freitas
August 4th, 2016
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N Sepulved Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049