How did your music journey start?
"My father's love of music greatly influenced me. And so did Elis Regina, Tom Jobim, Djavan, Ivan Lins, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Rosa Passos, Maria Betânia, Gal Costa, Jorge Vercilo, Barbara Streisand, Eliane Elias, etc. I started singing as a teenager at school in Rio and birthday parties, then in Brazilian community events in Sydney. Later joined the Sydney Music scene with my MPB band, Marilane & Brazil 6 and more recently Marilane & Brazilian Sound Waves in the Northern Rivers and GC. I organised many Brazilian music and culture events including many fundraiser events for Brazilian disadvantaged children in Sydney and Byron." - Marilane remembers.
Marilane de Mello also toured throughout Australia, Brazil and Portugal - performing with and recording with top Jazz and world music musicians, including the famed late Don Burrows, a legendary multi horn instrumentalist and musician who originally created Jazz studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and who loved Brazilian Music. " It was from then that he was invited by the Brazilian Embassy twice to tour Brazil. I joined him and Kevin Hunt, Don's friend & great pianist, in his last Brazilian tour in 2006 to launch my last Cd-Marilane In Flight ! I was blessed and fortunate to sing with great musicians such as, Rodric White, Guy Strazz, Sean MacKenzie, Mark Bromley, Amirel Lacsich, my son, Marcus de Mello-Weinberger, and others."
Albums: Marilane and Brazil 6 Live(recorded at SBS Radio studios) and Marilane In Flight with Don Burrows and Friends include famous standards and her original material. Both available for sale on Marilane de Mello Facebook Page.
Meet the crew
- "I’ve been living in AuS for the last 8 years. Love music and sports... I play guitar, love to sing and have played in Meninas da Lua, a women's Brazilian grass roots folk song, dance and percussion group in Byron Bay. I’m an art lover!" (Ilana Kamilla, 35)
- "Since I was a kid Music has always been the biggest passion of my life, it has always driven me and motivated me for everything in life. About 5 years ago I started playing guitar, then I became the backing vocal of a local Byron Bay Reggae band called "Radio Cigana". Now I'm part of the MPB Choir with Marilane and other 4 very inspiring women. And the music never stops!" (Camile D'Agostini, 26, from Porto Alegre)
-"Music has always been a way to meet my hidden feelings. The urge to sing came in moments that I realise that words weren't enough to express what I felt inside. Music can heal and inspire, and for that I'm forever grateful for more than being able to sing, being able to listen. I've sung with Telmo Anum at Byron's famous Beach Hotel, a women's percussion and males instrumentation band w 5 alfaias/drums, 2 guitars, bass, etc. , and also at a Women's Festival with a 6 piece female vocal group. And now with Marilane's acapela group." (Giulia Furtado, 22)
Yolanda Santiago, from Mexico, is also part of the group, but her participation in Meninas da Lua's rehearsal prevents her from being able to attend this Friday. Yolanda is an old friend of Marilane's who has sung with her for years doing backing vocals. She has a well known Byron Bay radio program at BayFM RAdio Latina.
Juliana Areias - Australia's contemporary bossa nova singer and composer will be welcoming Marilane de Mello and her acapella quintet to our virtual stage tonight.