Beatriz Azevedo is a brazilian poet, singer and composer, multi-artist from São Paulo, based in Rio de Janeiro, who has emerged in recent years as “one of Brazil’s most innovative artists”.
PhD in Performing Arts and Master in Comparative Literature from the University of São Paulo (USP). She studied music at Mannes College of Music in New York and dramaturgy at Sala Beckett in Barcelona. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at UNICAMP (State University of Campinas). She won the Virtuose Artists Grant from the Ministry of Culture.
Beatriz Azevedo wrote the books: Antropofagia Palimpsesto Selvagem (Cosac Naify), with preface by Eduardo Viveiros de Castro and drawings by artist Tunga http://www.beatrizazevedo.com/livros/antropofagia-palimpsesto-selvagem/; Abracadabra (Demônio Negro) with preface by Zé Celso Martinez Correa, Idade da Pedra and Peripatético (Editora Iluminuras). Her poetry is in the anthology and LP Garganta, with 20 Brazilian contemporary poets, and in the book Acabou Chorare, alongside Caetano Veloso and Arnaldo Antunes.
Beatriz created partnerships with the poet Augusto de Campos, Cristovão Bastos, the writer Hilda Hilst, Moreno Veloso, Oswald de Andrade, Raul Bopp, Vinicius Cantuária and Zélia Duncan. Her musical compositions were sung by Adriana Calcanhotto, Matheus Nachtergaele, Moreno Veloso, Tom Ze, Zelia Duncan and Zé Celso Martinez Correa, among others.
She has collaborated with leading Brazilian musicians such as Jaques Morelenbaum, Moreno Veloso, Tom Zé and Vinicius Cantuária, as well as with renowned Teatro Oficina’s tropicalist diretor Zé Celso.
The label Biscoito Fino released her álbuns A.G.O.R.A , antroPOPhagia ao vivo in New York, recorded live at Lincoln Center in New York, and Alegria, featuring Tom Zé.
Beatriz Azevedo’s music features on the compilation ”Brazil: The Essential Album” alongside Tom Jobim, Chico Buarque, Elis Regina, João Gilberto and other Brazilian masters, released by the UK label Union Square Music. Also in England the CD “Bossa Nova Nights” contains a further two tracks by Beatriz Azevedo. Bum Bum do Poeta, first CD by Beatriz Azevedo, was released in Brazil by Caetano Veloso’s label Natasha Records and in Japan by Nippon Crown Records. Mapa-mundi [samba and poetry], the second CD by Beatriz Azevedo, was produced by Alê Siqueira, whose production credits also include Elza Soares, Carlinhos Brown and Marisa Monte recent albums.
Beatriz has performed widely throughout Brazil, Europe and the United States. She created the performance poetry Peripatetic ground poem presented at international festivals.
In the last years, she performed at the MoMA Museum of Modern Art in New York and Lincoln Center, as well as participating in various international festivals such as Womex (Spain), Nublu Jazz Festival (New York), CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival (New York), Femmes du Monde (Paris), Mirada Ibero-Americano Festival (Brazil), Popkomm Festival (Berlin), Dunya Festival (Rotterdam), Copa das Culturas (Berlin), Art Anthropophagie Aujourd’hui (Paris), Paraty International Literary Party (FLIP), Verizon Music Festival (New York), among others.
Beatriz Azevedo’s band in NY included Smokey Hormel (Tom Waits, Beck), Mauro Refosco (Forro in the Dark, David Byrne), Didi Gutman (Bebel Gilberto, Brazilian Girls), Marivaldo dos Santos and David Heilman (Stomp), Michael Leonhart (Vinicius Cantuária) and Bill Holcomb (U-town).