Last friday, the 92Y Tribeca Cafe received the Moodswing Orchestra alongside TK Wonder and the Love Trio featuring multi-talented brazilian Thalma de Freitas. Another cameo on the gig was new york's favorite percussionist Mauro Refosco, who added a lot of groove to an already groove-y show. The love trio played a mix of reggae, soul, funk, even psychedelic tunes, seasoned with dub and drum n' bass, all wrapped in experimental jazzy tortillas. Thalma vocals in portuguese gave it a cool world music vibe. The night ended with quite ear-defying performance by the Moodswing Orchestra. Truly good get down.
It might be her nationality, it might just be music itself - and definetely it's her talent -, Thalma put on a great show. Seing her live is like a jazz experience: individual expression is rewarded, though selfless collaboration is mandatory.
Thalma de Freitas is a singer and an actress. She started performing live when she was 17, in São Paulo. Later on, she had roles in Brazil's version of the musical Hair and also in Nas Raias da Loucura. Eventually, she'd sing in some Rio De Janeiro's bars, getting noticed. In 2004, she recorded an album containing "Doce de Coco"(Jacob do Bandolim and Hermínio Bello de Carvalho), "Beija-me"(Roberto Martins and Mario Rossi), among other incredible songs. And she's keeping busy. Besides being one of the crooners of all-star ensemble Orquestra Imperial, she works with the collective/label Instituto, does a whole lot of collaborations with a variety of artists and, from time to time, exposes that lovely smile on screen, acting in Tv Globo's soap operas.
Time to turn on your brazilian music antenna. This summer, she's in town bringing her sweet, tropical voice to few very interesting shows on very interesting venues. From Moma to East Village's Nublu, be ready for some awesome performances. Wacht out, however, sinceis impossible not to be carried away watching her.