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