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.
Currently she is a postdoctoral researcher at UNICAMP (State University of Campinas) / FAPESP. She won the Virtuose Artists Grant from the Ministry of Culture.
Invited by Princeton University, she created Now Clarice to celebrate 100 years of Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector. Filmed live, the presentation brings together Beatriz Azevedo & Moreno Veloso, Jaques Morelenbaum on cello and Marcelo Costa on percussion. The concert has special guest Maria Bethânia reading texts by Clarice Lispector.
Comissioned by Lincoln Center in New York, Beatriz created the show antroPOPhagia, presented at the Walter Reade Theater. The live recorded show, later became the music album antroPOPhagia live in New York, released by Biscoito Fino in Brazil, and by Discmedi in Europe.
Beatriz created partnerships with the poet Augusto de Campos, 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 Cyro Baptista, 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 albuns 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.
Beatriz has performed widely throughout Brazil, Europe and the United States. 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).
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.
In 2019 she opened her new play Cabaré Transpoético, directed by Aderbal Freire Filho, at the Sesc Pompeia theater in São Paulo, acting alongside actress Lucélia Santos and musician Jorge Helder. As an actress, directed by Zé Celso, she performed Ham-Let and Bacantes, plays by Teatro Oficina. She performed alongside Giulia Gam and Rosi Campos in a dramatic reading of Matamoros, by Hilda Hilst (Teatro do Sesc Copacabana Rio de Janeiro). Matamoros, with dramaturgy and direction by Beatriz Azevedo, debuted at the CCBB in São Paulo, with Beatriz, Luiz Paetow, Maria Alice Vergueiro and Sabrina Greve in the cast.
She performed in Ópera Urbana Zucco, translating and staging the work of French playwright Bernard Marie Koltès, published for the first time in Brazil. Beatriz also translated Le Funambule, text by writer Jean Genet, acting in dramatic readings alongside Zé Celso Martinez Corrêa. She founded her own theatrical company, Cabaret Babel, writing and directing several plays, including Bilitis and I Love: Maiakovski and Lili Brik.
In 2019, Beatriz opens the Brasil Cena Aberta festival, talking about anthropophagy at Praça das Artes in São Paulo. She was the curator of the project Encontros Antropófagos at the Research and Training Center of SESC SP, of the EIA! International Meeting of Anthropophagy at Sesc Pompeia, of the cycle Palavra Viva Oswald de Andrade and Palavra Viva Hilda Hilst at Sesc Pinheiros, in São Paulo, of the cycle Poetry and Music at CPFL in Campinas, among others.
She created the performance poetry Peripatetic ground poem presented at international festivals.