The new voice in Brazilian jazz
Camila Ronza. Born on February 10, 1995, in São Paulo, Brazil. From an early age, she had contact with music because of her very musical family, who always inspired and encouraged her. As a child, she joined OSESP Children's Choir and performed as a solo singer, so she soon decided to be a singer and make music her profession. Camila completed her bachelor's degree in Popular Music Vocal Performance at Faculdade de Música Souza Lima, in the city of São Paulo, in 2016. In the following year, she was granted a scholarship from the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation to continue her studies in France, at the Center des Musiques Didier Lockwood (CMDL), where she graduated from the professional course “Le Jazz et les Musiques Improvisées”, returning to Brazil in July 2019. During her undergraduate course, she became a member of the Youth Choir of the State of São Paulo, and of Nômade, a vocal and body percussion group. She also participated as a representative of her college at the International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ) in South Africa, and at the Painel Instrumental Festival, at the Tatuí Conservatory, having classes with professor André Marques, pianist of Hermeto Pascoal & Grupo. She keeps working on her studies for vocal improvement, and lately she has produced music videos in partnership with musician friends to disseminate her work.
My Jazz Story
I love jazz because in jazz I feel free to do whatever I want through the improvisation that is present all the time. I was first exposed to jazz when I was a kid listening to some music at home and when a music teacher introduced me to some standards, then I fell in love and I never stopped listening. I met [musician name]: Hermeto Pascoal, Esperanza Spalding... The best show I ever attended was: Egberto Gismonte e Camerata Romeu (São Paulo - Brasil 2016) The first jazz record I bought was: A Billie Holliday's album. My advice to new listeners: listen also with your heart, trying to perceive not only the virtuosity, but also the beauty and love deposited in the notes. Or whatever else you have in mind.
My House Concert Story
Yes. I have already attended and performed concerts in jazz houses. The feeling between one and the other is quite different. At the concert I watch I appreciate and get inspired by the artists and their ways of playing, being "outside" the stage, while performing I do the same things, but now being "inside" and participating in the exchange of musical ideas between the musicians and taking responsibility for what I will deliver the audience.