Pianist and singer from São Paulo, Brazil, Abelita Mateus is passionate about Brazilian music and Jazz. She began classical piano studies in her teens, and gradually developed a passion for jazz, which brought her to the U.S. to pursue her Master in Jazz Performance at William Paterson University. In Brazil she performed with such great artists as Vinicius Dorin, Raul de Souza and Hermeto Pascoal.
Living in New York since 2012, Abelita has become immersed in the jazz scene and is applying the “new sounds” into her recent work as a performer and composer. In 2014, Abelita started composing for her latest project, “Mixed Feelings,” which is a fusion of her samba and bossa nova roots with contemporary jazz. In 2016 she had the great opportunity to record the Mixed Feelings Project with the great Peter Slavov on bass, Alex Kautz on drums, Matt Marantz on saxophone, Romero Lubambo on guitar and Phillip Gillette on percussion and drums. Also in 2016 she composed new songs and recorded her new Project Vivenda, which is a mix of some of her compositions and compositions of the great Brazilian composers Tom Jobim, Djavan and Gilberto Gil. Abelita recorded the Vivenda project with the wonderful Romero Lubambo on guitar, Claudio Roditi on trumpet, Itaiguara Brandão on bass, Portinho on drums, Adriano Santos on drums and Phillip Gillette on percussion