Celia Malheiros's music is unique. A prolific composer, songwriter, multi- instrumentalist and impressive singer, Celia is self-taught, eclectic, rooted in the myriad of folkloric sounds of her native Brazil and equally immersed in the universality of the music from her adopted country – American jazz.
Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, since early childhood Celia was immersed in the world of Candomblé (an Afro-Brazilian religion), the schools of samba, bossa nova, choro, baião, frevo and indigenous music, as well as Tropicalia and political revolutionary movements. By the age of 18, Celia was completely supporting herself through music – she composed, she played at festivals, theatrical productions, nightclubs, radio and TV shows, she scored films, taught music and led bands performing her music.
After moving to the States, she began to perform and compete in San Francisco’s popular street carnaval, and garnered many music awards. For thirteen years, she was the musical director, arranger, and performer of the Brazilian All Star Big Band at San Francisco’s annual Carnaval Ball, featuring such performers as Elza Soares, Emilinha Borba and Walter Wanderley. With her own band she has performed throughout the U.S. at venues which include the Monterey and San Francisco Jazz Festivals where she opened for Santana, Tony Bennett, the Modern Jazz Quartet and the late Ray Charles.
If you haven't heard her name yet, you will soon. Celia Malheiros has been a
part of the music scene for years, and has been respected as both performer
and composer. With the debut of her CD, Sempre Crescendo, the recording is
being lauded by major figures in Brazilian music, and by music critics alike.
- Latin Beat Magazine -
Celia's attention to detail to Brazilian culture continues to shine. She writes
lyrics that not only tell a story, but they also explore the richness of Brazil,
whether in culture, language or scenery.
- Musica Brasileira. org -
Celia Malheiros evokes the spirits of tradition in a thoroughly modern
- Daniella Thompson -
Voice / vocals
Willing to teach
Intermediate to advanced
Guitar and voice workshops in Germany
BrazIlian Music : California Coastal Music Camp (2006,2007,2008, 2009
Stanford Jazz Brazilian Music talk
Artist in Residence: Wheton College, MA
Composer in Residence Music OMI 2009
California Brasil Camp
SF Symphony AIM program, 2004, 2009
Music and Spiritualy.
History of Brazilian music and dance
Brazilian music repertory