| Anna Salleh
"An outstanding talent" - Jazz Scene
Sydney-based singer/guitarist Anna Salleh (pronounced 'Sah-lay') was first captivated by the beauty of Brazilian music as a child, when she saw the film 'Black Orpheus'. It introduced her to the enchanting world that is bossa nova and much more.
Over the years, Anna's vocals have featured in world/jazz ensembles from Sydney and Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur and the Edinburgh Festival. Most recently she spent time in Rio de Janeiro performing with local musicians, seeking out the wisdom of bossa nova elders and other teachers, and broadening her repertoire to include other styles of Brazilian music, including samba and choro - her journey of musical discovery there featured in an ABC radio documentary.
Anna's live album 'A Felicidade' (pronounced 'Ah Felee-see-dah-jee') includes a gorgeous selection of Brazilian tunes as well as other gems. From honey-smooth bossa and ballads to irrepressible samba, playful swing, cool jazz, enchanting Brazilian choro and surprise favourites all in the mix.
Songs of beauty, sorrow, irreverence and joy...
'A Felicidade' means 'Happiness' in Portuguese. But the song is really about both sides of life as embodied in the melodies and voices from Brazil and beyond that have become part of the air that I breathe.
The album features some of Sydney's best world/jazz musicians including Jess Ciampa on percussion, Lukas Maio on piano/piano accordion, Clare O'Meara on violin/mandolin, Stan Valacos on bass/7-string guitar, together with Tim Bradley and Calvin Welch on drums.