Téka is an artist with roots firmly planted in the traditions of Brazilian music…the samba, bossa
nova, and choro. From an early age, she fell under the spell of American Jazz and began soaking
up the sounds of the jazz greats of the day.
Today, her music has become a fusion of Brazil's sensual rhythms and harmonies with the
sophistication and improvisation of Jazz, which she calls New Bossa. After graduating in Music
Education from Sao Paulo University, Téka studied at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. She has performed and recorded with Brazilian legends Hermeto Pascoal, Gilberto Gil, Flora Purim, and Airto Moreira. Her first CD, “Garden Planet”, was original music with an environmental theme.
Her second release, “Watercolours of Brazil,” received uniformly high praise from critics and
audiences alike. Don Heckman of the Los Angeles Times said, “Like João Gilberto, she brings everything into a unified expression, combining her vocal lines and rhythmic guitar accompaniments into a single, elegantly buoyant musical blend.”
Téka appeared as the contralto soloist with the Santa Barbara Oratorio Chorale in the 1996 California premiere and subsequent performances in 1997 and 2006 of “Canto General” by Mikis Theodorakis and Pablo Neruda.
She has been featured as a soloist with The Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, The San Luis Obispo
Symphony Orchestra, and The Glendale Pops Orchestra. She has been featured at the International
Jazz Festivals and performs regularly at some of Los Angeles', Boston's, and New York’s best-known jazz venues.
Her latest release, “So Many Stars,” is a definitive statement that she is a mature, world-class artist.