Friday, November 30, 2012

December 2012 / Since 1998

I was writing lyrics for a new song the other day when I got a call from engineer/producer Lynne Earls saying our song CABEÇA (Earls, Buratto, Moraes) is one of the finnalists of the USA Songwriting Contest 2012!
Have you seen Cabeça's video? Check it out. The song is part of my EP produced by Lynne that will be released on January 26, 2013. I'll also be exhibiting my drawings for the first time! YES! SIM! Here we go! One more adventure!

Tuesday, December 4 at 9pm @ Blue Whale
Sambaguru - The Original Quartet
123 Astronaut E S Onisuka St. Suite 301
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Info: (213) 620-0908
Featuring Bill Brendle, Tony Shogren and Hussain Jiffry.
With my friend Tony Shogren many years ago at La Ve Lee - the old music hang in Studio City, CA

@ Queen Mary (Long Beach, CA)
More info:

DAY OF THE SAMBA (December 2)

By Brazilian painter Di Cavalcanti (1897-1976)
In Los Angeles, The Day of the Samba will be celebrated on December 27 @ Zanzibar (Santa Monica) with Samba Society. I'll be there : )

My first bike made by CALOI. Actually it was my sister's bike! In the 1960's Caloi became very popular producing folding bicycles. The company was founded by an Italian immigrant in 1898 in São Paulo.

And here's my mental bike...

"Quando a gente acha que tem todas as respostas, vem a vida e muda todas as perguntas."
(When we think we know all the answers, Life comes and changes all the questions)
By Brazilain writer Luís Fernando Veríssimo

Peace, Joy, Art & Wisdom!
Feliz Natal
Feliz Ano Novo

Kátia : )

By my beautiful cousin...she was a young girl when she painted it. This image always makes me smile : )

So far, I've mailed my cards to Florida, New Mexico, Maryland and many parts of California. Send me a message if you wanna get a set or if you have a sugestion of a place that would love to sell it. Thank you / Obrigada.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Brazilian Heart 
November 2012
Since 1998

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night urging to write something down? Is it an artist habit? Here's one of my notes after drawing and coloring...

"Ah, nothing changes but the forever moving.
While expressions continue and colors explode on paper
The heart unconsciously smile at actions and seconds.
All is perfect:
The movement and devotion contained in them,
The inner sun and the lack of competition in Nature."

Few years back, my yoga teacher told me to embrace and trust. When I started drawing this last August, I decided to do just that; I let the pen move to create what wanted to be created. Then, I received a lovely quote by Don Heckman from the International Review of Music:
"Katia has done something remarkable with her drawings. She's found a way to visually transform the rich, dynamic emotions of her dancing and singing into the equally high spirited colors and imagery of her drawings. The results are irresistible." 

Design by Silvia Barandier from Brazil Today Newspaper based in San Francisco. Obrigada : )

Tuesday, November 6th at 7:30pm (YES! ELECTION DAY!)
@ The Charleston
2460 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403
Featuring Roberto Montero on guitar, Zé Bruno Eisemberg on drums and Antonio Sant'Anna on bass.

With bassist Antonio Sant'Anna few years back.
Happy belated birthday, Santa!

Ary was born in Ubá, Minas Gerais on November 7, 1903. Coincidently, he passed away on Carmem Miranda's birthday, who was his personal friend and recorded many of his songs.
Here's his first success "Vamos Deixar de Intimidade" (1929) with Mário Reis and Pan American Orchestra. 

Spanish singer/actress Sara Montiel singing Ary Barroso's "A Baixa do Sapateiro" in the 1964 documentary "Samba" by Rafael Gil. Cool scenes of city of Salvador, Bahia. 

"Rio de Janeiro" from the movie "Brazil"that was nominated for Best Song in 1943.

Last but not least, his big success in the US and all around the world, "Aquarela do Brasil." Here's a scene from the Walt Disney animation.


With singers Gretchen Parlato and Jessica Jeza Vautor, and guitarist/composer/arranger Marcel Camargo during Marcel's project "Brazil as You Never Heard" at The Virgil in Los Angeles.

THE BRAZILIAN HOUR - Music+Video+Podcast+Streaming
This radio programa was created in 1978 by the Cultural Sector of the Brazilian Consulate in Los Angeles and is written and produced by Sergio Mielniczenko. Check it out!

"When I was born
A crazy, very crazy angel
Come to read my palm
It wasn't a Baroque angel
It was a crazy, crooked angel
With wings like a plane
And behold, this angel told me
Pressing my hand
With a clenched smile"
Go on, pal, sing off key
In the happy people's choir."

By Torquato Neto - poet/lyricist and one of the founders of the Tropicalism Movement in Brasil.

Peace, Joy and VOTE!
Katia : )

Phelps visiting the Brazilian younger swimmers at Complexo do Alemão (group of favelas outside of Rio de Janeiro)

Monday, October 1, 2012

Brazilian Heart / October 2012

October 2012 / Since 1998

It's official !
On Saturday, January 26, 2013  I'll be releasing my EP produced by sound engineer/producer Lynne Earls (K.D.Lang, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim). There'll also be an exhibition of my drawings that night.
Thank you, Joe Perez for the beautiful photo/painting above.
Here's one of my new drawings. It's called "O Dia do Cantor" (Singer's Day)

Wednesday, October 10 at 8pm @ The Virgil
Singing with Brazilian guitarist Marcel Camargo's  "The Brasil You Never Heard"
(323) 660-4540
Episode 1 - "Chiclete Com Banana," Brazilian pop music of the 70's and 80's 

 With Sambaguru - The Original Quartet + part of the audience @ Laxson Auditorium at Chico's World Music Festival on September 15, 2012. 
NEXT: December 4 @ Blue Whale (Downtown Los Angeles)
On stage: Tony Shogren, me, Bill Brendle and Hussain Jiffry.

In 1979 I had the pleasure of meeting in Rio de Janeiro a new songwriter called Fatima Guedes. This talented human being that I so much admire, visited Los Angeles in 1990's and performed at La Ve Lee in Studio City. Her first recording was produced and arranged by Bossa Nova icons: Roberto Menescal and Oscar Castro Neves. Here's a link to Fátima's "Mais uma Boca" (One More Mouth) from 1980.

(Tropicália is a Brazilian artistic movement that arose in the late 1960's)

with my rock group O Espírito da Coisa @Teatro Cândido Mendes in Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro in 1986.
Listen to the original arrangement of the hit song Ligeiramente Grávida (Slightly Pregnant) produced by Paulo Coelho ( yeap, the writer of The Alchemist ) 

Roberto Menescal, Brazilian composer/guitarist - Rio de Janeiro - October 25, 1937
Here's Menescal and Wanda Sá playing and singing his famous Bossa Nova anthem: "O Barquinho" (Little Boat)

Tuesday, October 23 at 8pm Gilberto Gil @ Walt Disney Concert Hall
I'll be there!

"Eu tô te explicando
Prá te confundir
Eu tô te confundindo
Prá te esclarecer
Tô iluminado
Prá poder cegar
Tô ficando cego
Prá poder guiar"

I'm explaining to confuse you
I'm making you confused to clarify
I'm illuminated so I can get blind
I'm getting blind so I can guide
(Quote of a song by Tom Zé)

OH, YEAH, POLITICS! Jimmy Fallon and James Taylor:
Peace nd Joy!
Katia : )

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

SINCE 1998 

Do you like to draw? Lately, I've been drawing... Sometimes I think it's a way to clear my mind from one musical project to another... It feels like a meditation. I never know what will appear on paper...

LATEST REVIEW: Sambaguru @ Vibrato by Don Heckman:

Monday, September 3rd (Labor Day) at 4pm 
@ Tropico de Nopal (Echo Park)
Singing with Samba Society 
(Beto Gonzales' 12-piece band playing sambas from the 1970's) 

8th Brazilian Day in Los Angeles!
Join me! I'll be the Master of Ceremonies again!
@ LACMA / Tar Pits (Los Angeles)
Saturday, September 8th - Noon to 6pm
Live music, Arts & Crafts, Food and Los of Smiles!
Bring your family! It's FREE!
Main sponsors: General Consulate of Brasil in Los Angeles:
Doris and David DeHister from Sambala Samba School + Renni Flores: 
With Renni Flores (Sabor da Bahia) and producer David DeHilster from Sambalá 
@ 2011 Brazilian Day in LA!  

Saturday, September 15 @ CHICO WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL (Chico)
SAMBAGURU featuring Katia Moraes
1pm at Laxson Auditorium
3pm at Sycamore Stage
Sambaguru - The Original Quartet: Tony Shogren, Bill Brendle, Katia Moraes & Hussain Jiffry

(Celebrating Jorge Amado and Nelson Rodrigues' Centennial!)
Jorge Amado:l
Nelson Rodrigues: 
Nelson and his controversial quotes: "A thunderous boo is one thousand times stronger, nobler, and more powerful than a standing ovation. Admiration corrupts."

A rare video made in Japan: 
A piece of this song (Chant of the Three Races by Mauro Duarte & P. C. Pinheiro) was played at the 2012 Olympics in London.

Based on Jorge Amado's novel: Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon (trailer) Featuring Sonia Braga and Marcelo Mastroiani - 1983


September 28 @ Royce Hall
Bebel Gilberto and Forró in the Dark  

The other day I was wondering if another country has as many days off as Brasil.  After a little search I found out that we have  8 national holidays, but there are 5 "movable festivities" as well; all of them related to Catholicism. On top of that, there is the annual paid vacation. Which countries take 30 days off per year? France, Spain, Denmark, Brasil and Germany.  "According to the survey, Japan is the most vacation-deprived nation in the world, with respondents saying they receive 11 paid days each year but only use five of them. South Koreans take seven out of their 10 days." 
(Quoted from Business.blogs.cnn)

Went to see Grammy-winning vocalist Luciana Souza @ The Broad in Santa Monica.
She's inspiring! Do not miss her show next time she plays in your town!
I wanna sing like her when I grow up! : )

“He who sings scares away his woes.” 
Miguel de Cervantes
(In Portuguese: "Quem canta seus males espanta")

"Canta che ti passa."
"Sing and it will pass."

Peace and Joy,
Katia : )
P.S.: Yes, Obama + Biden!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Brazilian Heart / May 2012

“If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.” Joseph Campbell.

Photo taken at Fontenelle Forest by the Missouri River in Omaha, Nebraska.

On May 31st will be the first time I’ll have a whole 5 minutes (!) to explain and convince the California Presenters that my new project entitled “Heart to Heart – An Open Letter to Brasil” is a great buy! They usually pick 1 or 2 artists out of ten. 
I’ve been nurturing this project for a long time, and sometimes I ask myself why now.  Well, I know why. It all happened after a one-week spiritual experience last year.

June 2nd at 5pm  @ LACMA
Guest singer with “Falso Baiano” Band - CD release show, featuring Ami Molineli on percussion, Zack Pitt-Smith on reeds, Brian Moran on 7-string guitar, Jesse Appelman on mandolin/bandolim.  I’m grateful for your invitation. Obrigada.

Back in Los Angeles after singing with Viver Brasil Dance Company on our second East Coast Tour that took us to Maryland, NY, Wisconsin, Iowa and Nebraska.
Part of Viver Brasil Dance Company outside Omaha Airport: Rachel, Vera, Nikki, Kahlil, Kana, Rick, Linda, Derf, Shelby, Katiana, Keyan, Katia and Cynthia.

Below is the poem I wrote after visiting Malcolm X’s birthplace in Omaha.


They said there was nothing there.
My heart sank,
Puzzled I was of such simple words.
Not convinced, I insisted on seeing with my own eyes.
I was right.
The tall weeds protected the land
And dressed the abandoned skeletons 
Of the garden of gardens.
The grass smiled at me
With its Frida Kahlo's skulls faces.

In those few acres
Some folks left a message planted in the dirt.
I sighed
Content, for I had seen his name on a street sign,
Saddened, for his words were silence to his own people.

My impatience went away after I watched the video below.

Peace and Joy!
With gratitude,
Katia : )

Wednesday, March 7, 2012



“ELIS, A CELEBRATION” performed on January 21, 2012  @ Brasil Brasil Cultural in Los Angeles was a successful self produced multi media event celebrating one of the most popular Brazilian singers of all time: Elis Regina. A short version of the show will be presented on March 22, 2012 @ Zanzibar in Santa Monica California.
Picture by Jorge Vismara

Few quotes from the audience...

" “katia broke my heart tonight. ...then, in the middle of the show, she did it--belted out milton nascimiento's morro velho in such a sorrowful, painfilled, passionate rendition, that she cried at the end--so did i, even though i didn't understand a word she said.  brick, it was amazing, a life time performance--the last time i was so moved was hearing dwight trible sing strange fruit at the whale.  she did lots more, all good, but that one transfixed me--i've still got the gooseflesh." 

 Just a note to thank you for the wonderful celebration of the life of a major personality in the music of Brazil and the entire world. You are carrying on the tradition in a most amazing way!..... And thank you for your very beautiful performance. We enjoyed it immensely! Muito obrigado"

"We came from Riverside, arrived at 6:30 and were a little bit anxious about waiting because of our 6 yr old but then..., it was gold, we stay until the end, you are a terrific performer and entertainer. Cant wait for your next performance. thanks again"

"A very heartfelt one congrats Katia. It was a pleasure to be there. You, the atmosphere and band were great, great art exhibition on Eli's pictures and video."
Band: Bill Brendle, Mitchell Long, Katia, Antonio de Sant’Anna and Leo Costa. 

Released on March 1st, 2012 “Cabeça” (Head) is already playing at Unifran FM in São Paulo. “Cabeça” was composed with Lynne Earls (sound engineer for K.D.Lang, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim) who also produced the track, and with Grecco Buratto (Shakira, KD Lang, Airto and  Flora Purim, and Sambaguru)
“Tranquility,” the next video, will be released in May 2012. It was filmed entirely in São Paulo on December 2011 at the Botanical Gardens, at a subway station and in downtown.
Here's the  CABEÇA QUEEN! Photo by Caesar Lima.
Director Rinaldo Lima and his assistant follow Katia strolling at the Botanical Garden. The day was beautiful after weeks of unusual rain in São Paulo. Picture by Denise Prado.


Katia sings compositions of important Brazilian composers of the 20th Century that marked her childhood. The songs are performed interspersed with short stories about the composers. Katia + Quartet.
It won the L.A. Treasure Award, granted in part, by the California Traditional Music Society, a facility of the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Dept. & The California Traditional Music Society.
Voice + piano + percussion! (New CD project!)
The soul of Brasil with its simplicity and magic!

This music + theatre experience portrays the story of a Brazilian female artist searching for her purpose in life after reviewing the artistic gifts inherited from South American Indian, black and European ancestry. The songs are introduced by short stories in English. Set design by Brad Austin. 
Release date: November 3rd, 2012 @ Brasil Brasil Cultural Center (Los Angeles, California)
Release date: November 3, 2012 @ Brasil Brasil Cultural Center

6- piece band playing contemporary Brazilian music beyond samba and bossa nova.

SAMBAGURU featuring Katia Moraes
6-piece band playing reperoire from TRIBO, their 4th released CD.

"(...) But there ain’t a Brazilian singer in town who is as irresistible as Katia Moraes. Crowds go nuts when she performs. The energy, the charisma, the sheer joy of Brazilian music just fills a space." 
“Blessed with a songbird’s voice, a poet’s heart, an educator’s enthusiasm and an entertainer’s vision, Moraes is the complete package.”
“Moraes strutted on stage with the grace and attitude of an Amazon princess...Moraes danced, sang and communicated with her fans for over an hour, delivering an impressive performance.”
“Brazilian singer Katia Moraes -- a born afternoon sunshine performer...”
“Katia is an absolute dynamo on stage.”
“Kátia’s voice can be powerful and heartfelt, coy and compelling, expansive or intimate.”


(310) 838-0849

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Brazilian Heart / March 2012 / Since 1998

Enjoy and share with your friends! We all need a little laugh!
(Translation below)

Cabeça was composed with Lynne Earls (sound engineer for K.D.Lang, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim)  who also produced the track
and Grecco Buratto (Shakira, K.D. Lang, Airto and Flora, Sambaguru) who also appears on the video. 

Thank you to Leo Costa, Dre Santanna, Evan Hillhouse, Carla Hasset, Megan Todd and Grecco Buratto for playing on the track and making it magical. Thank you Jonia McClenney and Daiana Koren for spending an afternoon at the PuffyBrain studio in Calabasas adding their body grooves.

THANK YOU  to Rinaldo Lima and Caesar Lima who directed it, Felipe Silva for producing it, and Veronica Hernandez for taking care of the make up.

1301 Fifth Ave. (corner with Arizona Ave) Santa Monica, CA  310 451-2221
If you missed the show “Elis Regina, a Celebration” last January, this will be a good opportunity to remember one of the most popular Brazilian singers of all time. The band will feature Rique Pantoja on keys, Antonio de Sant’Anna on bass and Leo Costa on drums. There will be a slide show with Elis images made by Jorge Vismara.

Ask me 
For silence 
You say I’m a talker
That I don’t know how to contain myself

You breath in slowly
I continue to talk
My business is to solve problems
If this calmness continues 
I won’t be myself anymore

They call me
Insane head
I won’t shut up
I won’t contain myself
I wanna talk
I have a lot to say

I make you think twice
To reflect, to reconsider
I multiply options
You don’t have way 
And courage to gag me

You breath in slowly
I continue the blah blah blah
I adore to solve problems
My life is to create a lot of confusion

They call me
Insane head
I won’t shut up
I won’t contain myself
You’ll have to put up with me
You’ll listen to me until you die

They call me head, insane head...

March 1st, 2012: 447 Years of Rio de Janeiro, my beautiful hometown! 
Music for the movie Cidade Mulher (Woman City/ 1936): 
Rita Lee singing Valsa de Uma Cidade (Waltz of a City)  playing tribute to Rio in 2007: 

Photo taken by Fernanda Moraes in Lapa, Rio de Janeiro on December 2012
Photo taken by Denise Prado at Ilha da Gigóia, Rio de Janeiro on December 2011

Peace and Joy,
Katia ; )
P.S.: Coming up in May 2012: “TRANQUILITY,” filmed in São Paulo, also directed and edited by Rinaldo Lima. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Brazilian Heart
Since 1998
February 2012

Yep, it’s February!  And February 2nd is Iemanjá Day, an important date of the Brazilian calendar. ODO YÁ!
“The Candomblé (Afro Brazilian religion) worships Iemanjá as one of the seven orixás of the African Pantheon. She is the Queen of the Ocean, the patron deity of the fishermen and the survivors of shipwrecks, the feminine principle of creation and the spirit of moonlight. A syncretism happens between the catholic Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes (Our Lady of Navigators) and the orixá Iemanjá of the African Mithology. In Salvador, Bahia, Iemanjá is celebrated by Candomblé on the very same day consecrated by the Catholic Church to Our Lady of Navigators (Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes). Every February 2, thousands of people line up at dawn to leave their offerings at her shrine, the sea."

“Se você quiser amar
Se você quiser amor
Vem comigo a Salvador
Para ouvir Iemanjá”

If you want to love
If you want love
Come to Salvador with me to hear Iemanjá 
(Quote from Canto de Iemanjá by Baden Powell and Vinícius de Moraes)

Here’s one of the most beautiful recordings of “Canto de Iemanjá” from the CD “Afro Sambas” released in 1966 in Brasil. 

Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes - Our Lady of the Navigators

I’ll be singing with Viver Brasil Dance Company on:
February 13 @ Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson, VT
February 14 @ Fine Arts Center, 
Castleton, VT
February 18 @ Frank Arts Center Theater, Shepherdstown, WV

“Galo da Madrugada or Rooster of the Dawn is the symbol of the Brazilian Northeastern’s Carnaval.  This carnival tradition begins with bugle calls at dawn on Carnival Saturday, heralding the start of the Pernambucano carnival. The show features some of the best rhythmically and acrobatically influenced dancers from Brazil.” 

“Music According to Tom Jobim”
This sweet movie about  composer Tom Jobim and directed by Nelsom Pereira dos Santos and Dora Jobim just opened in Brasil!

“Enchanted Word”
“A documentary that weaves together performances and interviews with singers, songwriters and poets to reflect the interplay between these art forms. Winner of the Best Documentary award at the 2008 Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival.”
(Full movie in Portuguese)

AROUND Los Angeles
Sat, Feb 18 Carnaval @ Gaucho’s Village (Glendale)
Sat, Feb 25 Carnaval Exotica @ Nokia (Downtown LA)

Genetically modified food now accepted by Health Food stores in the US
“Quando se ama não é preciso entender o que se passa lá fora, pois tudo passa a acontecer dentro de nós” 
When you love, there is no need to understand what goes on out there because everything starts happening inside of us. (Quote by Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector)

Enjoy “Shimbalaiê” with Maria Gadu
Peace and Joy,
Katia : )

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Feliz Ano Novo!
Happy New Year!

I fell in love with Brazilian singer Elis Regina when I was 15 years old.  At 17, with a broken heart over loosing my first love, I decided to make a recording hoping to have him back. Edu, a childhood friend, helped me produce a cassette tape with emotionally charged songs by Elis.  He brought his silver 1976 Philips tape recorder to my parents’ house and we did everything in the living room. I read some of my poems on top of the songs and he mixed it on the spot. Did my first love come back to me? No, but I learned a lesson. I expressed my feelings and Elis’ music helped me heal. 
Last December, my first sweetheart told me he still has that tape. I felt special. Just like Elis was special to me.  

Join me on Saturday, January 21 at 7pm @ Brasil Brasil Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California for a special Tribute to Elis. 

We’ll celebrate her life with a Photo Art exhibition + Video Screening + Live Show.
"It's a shame Elis Regina never appeared in the USA. She was the greatest, my favorite singer ever. All that power and emotion and incredibly expressive phrasing. Had she toured here even once they'd still be talking about her."  Brick Wahl, LA Weekly 

“ELIS, A CELEBRATION” is a tribute to one of Brazil’s greatest and most influential singers. “Elis & Tom,” recorded in Los Angeles in 1974 with the master of modern Brazilian popular music, Antonio Carlos (Tom) Jobim is considered one of the top ten Brazilian records of all time. Her extraordinary expressive voice and incredible sense of rhythm mixed with a controversial personality was cut short when she died tragically in January 1982 of a combination of cocaine and alcohol. 
Elis began her career in the 1960’s during the dictatorship and helped launch the career of composers Milton Nascimento, Ivan Lins, João Bosco, Aldir Blanc, Tim Maia, Gilberto Gil, Chico Buarque, and many more.  Singers Marisa Monte, Leila Pinheiro and Daniela Mercury cite Elis as a strong influence in their music. Among her 31 recordings between 1961 and 1982 are the extremely popular three live records (Dois na Bossa) with singer Jair Rodrigues.  

“Elis, a Celebration” hopes to enrich the knowledge of an audience who wants to discover what Brazil is all about. The night will mix live music with a slide show, video screening and a photo exhibition by photographer Jorge Vismara.
The event will feature music by Katia Moraes featuring musicians Antonio Sant’Anna, Leo Costa, Mitchell Long and Bill Brendle. Brad Austin is in charge of the set design and Brazilian photographer Caesar Lima signed the official poster. This is the first time Brasil Brasil Cultural Center will present a tribute to a great Brazilian singer. 
Crew of the event! From left: Brad Austin (set designer), Katia Moraes (concept/production), Marcia Argolo (production/marketing), Amen Santo and Nayla Santo (directors of Brasil Brasil Cultural Center) and Jorge Vismara (Photo/art exhibition and video screening)

A creative invite:

Calendar Listing

DATE/TIME: Saturday, January 21, 2011 -  7:00 pm 
VENUE: Brasil Brasil Cultural Center 
11928 Washington Blvd. (c/s Inglewood), Los Angeles, CA 90066
(310) 397-3667 /
TICKETS: $15 General, $10 Students and seniors
For more information, call: visit: www.
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