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Téka is an artist with roots firmly planted in the traditions of Brazilian music… the samba, bossa nova, and choro. Born into a musical family, singing was a natural part of growing up in Brazil. From an early age, she fell under the spell of American Jazz and began soaking up the sounds of Sarah Vaughan, Billy Holiday and Frank Sinatra.
Today, her music has become a fusion of the sensual rhythms and harmonies of Brazil with the structure and improvisation of Jazz, which she has coined New Bossa. A graduate in Music Education and Arts at São Paulo State University, Téka went on to study at Boston’s Berklee School of Music and Longy School of Music
She was a 1993 nominee for the Boston Music Award as Outstanding Latin Act.
Téka has performed and recorded with greats, including Brazilian legends Hermeto Pascoal and Gilberto Gil, Flora Purim, Airto Moreira, Mike Shapiro, Russel Ferrante, Luis Conte and many others. In 1995, she moved to Santa Barbara and released her first CD, “Garden Planet”, comprised of original music on an environmental theme.
Her second CD, “Watercolours of Brazil,” has received uniformly high praise from critics and audiences alike. Don Heckman of the Los Angeles Times, said, “Like João Gilberto she brings everything into a unified expression, combining her vocal lines and rhythmic guitar accompaniments into a single, elegantly buoyant musical blend.”
In an inspiring venture into classical music, Téka appeared as the contralto soloist with the Santa Barbara Oratorio Chorale in the 1996 California premiere and subsequent performances in 1997 and 2006 of “Canto General” by Mikis Theodorakis and Pablo Neruda. In past three years, Téka has been featured as soloist with The Glendale Pops Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony Orchestra and The San Luis Obispo Symphony.
She has been featured in many International Jazz Festivalsl and she performs regularly at some of Los Angeles, Boston and New York’s best known jazz venues.
Since coming to Santa Barbara, Téka has established herself as a mature, world- class talent.
Téka’s new 2013 CD, titled So Many Stars is now available everywhere.
Téka joined the JazzTimes community on Aug 21, 2013