Lili Araujo

Lili Araujo

 Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, BRA
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The artist mixes traditional musical styles of Brazil such as Samba, Choro and Bossa Nova with the language of modern jazz and world music.

Biography


After consolidating her career in Europe, the young Rio de Janeiro born and bred singer and songwriter Lili Araujo came back to Brazil in 2008 and launched her debut album, “Arribação”. Composed by eleven unique tracks, her work is a mix of choro and samba – rythms that were part of her childhood in the outskirts of Rio. To that were added the jazz conception, elements and instruments. At only 26, Lili came on the scene, blending references as she created her own musical identity.
The artist, graduated in canto popular at Escola de Música Villa Lobos, in Rio, emmigrated to Viena, Austria, in 2006 and it was in Europe that her career took off with important appeareances and presentations in jazz clubs, festivals and european theatres such as Tunnel Live Jazz (Viena), Theater am Spittelberg (Viena), Reigen (Viena), Birdland (Viena), Porg & Bess (Viena) and Blue Note (Paris). In 2008 the singer wanted more and launched her debut album “Arribação” with austrian record label Oficina Records. She came back to Brazil in the middle of that year, where she performed launching shows from this album at Modern Sound, Sala Baden Powell, Cinematéque, Sala FUNARTE São Paulo and Estrela da Lapa. She also had wonderful appraisals from the specialized press. In the middle of 2009, sponsored by the austrian company SKE/AKM, she went on a little tour of Europe with the concert, passing through Viena, Schwaz (Tyrol), London, Lausanne, Lisbon and Stockholm.
More than 40 musicians took part on the making of this first CD, including well known instrumentalists such as harmonica player Gabriel Grossi, multi-instrumentalist Dirceu Leite and drummer Marcio Bahia. It also featured young talented instrumentalists such as Guto Wirtti (bass), Joana Queiroz (clarinet), Gabriel Gestzi (piano), Rodrigo Villa (bass), Rafael Barata (drums), Marcelo Caldi (accordion), Vitor Gonçalves (piano), Bernardo Ramos (electric and acoustic guitar) amongst others.
The eleven tracks were arranged by saxophonist Henrique Band, trompeter Darcy da Cruz, guitarists Gabriel Improta and Marcos Amorim and by Lili Araujo.
On this first work the artist composed all the lyrics except the track “Tapete azul”, which was by Toninho Pôrto. She shone as a songwriter with her own songs and in partnership with the young violinist Kalu Coelho as well as veterans such as guitarists and songwriters Alegre Correa and Marcos Amorim.

His works have been recorded by other artists and performers, as the case of the song "Rome" which includes the CD of the singer born in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Valeria Lobao, titled "CHAMADA", published in 2011 and nominated as best album by LATIN GRAMMY in 2012.
At the time the singer released her second album, called “Casa Aberta”, where she will introduce eleven songs, some of them composed and arranged by her.
On this album there will be songs from young songwriters on the spotlight in brazilian popular music, like Chico Pinheiro and Daniel Santiago. She will also have interpretations of two songs, from pianists Joao Donato and Ivan Lins. Just like “Arribação”, “Casa Aberta” will have a jazzy feel to it and the basic arrangements will be made by Lili, by Austrian pianist Martin Reiter and by guitarist Daniel Santiago. Experienced arranger and flutist Eduardo Neves will be in charge of all the wind instruments’ arrangements. The track “Não tem nada não” will feature Joao Donato in it, who wrote the song himself. Daniel Santiago, guitarist from Brazil’s capital city, Brasiíia, will be in charge of the musical direction.
The album “Casa Aberta” had shows launch in the period September to October 2012 important Jazz clubs and Jazz festivals in the European cities like Vienna, Zurich, Basel, Estolcomo, Munich and Linz.
And also was launched in October 2012 in Brazil in the traditional and important THEATER RIVAL in the city of Rio de Janeiro.

“Back in Brazil, at age 26, Lili launches her first solo album and shows quality as an interpreter, updating samba-jazz-gafieira with new songs, good arrangements and pleasing a lot.”
Nelson Motta – August 2009- Program "Sintonia Fina" on "Rádio MPB".

“Singer and composer Lili Araujo launches her good album Arribação (Oficina Records). With a beautiful voice, she astounds with a repertoire bringing varied references (...)”
João Pimentel – August 2008 – "O Globo" newspaper
“Amongst some good surprises this year, I got ‘Arribação’, launching CD from a young composer from Rio de Janeiro, age 26. Her album has jazzy arrangements, but her repertoire is within what we understand to be MPB (Brazilian Popular Music).”
Antônio Carlos Miguel – October 2008 - "O Globo" newspaper
“Lili Araujo, from Rio de Janeiro, launches her first album Arribação (Oficina Records), with songs written by her. Flattered by the standing comparison with Elis Regina, Lili has got her eye on the international market (...) However, little by little, she proves she has personality, not on

Discography

"ARRIBAÇÃO" - 2008 - OFICINA RECORDS
"CASA ABERTA" - 2012 - DELIRA RECORDS