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Teka and Newbossa Quartet


Teka and Newbossa Quartet

A native of São Paulo, Téka mastered the traditions of Brazilian music at an early age. Along the way, she became equally entranced by American jazz. As her artistry grew, her talented singing and guitar playing fused the sensual rhythms and harmonies of Brazil with the sophistication and improvisation of jazz – a fascinating musical blend she calls New Bossa. A graduate in Music Education and Arts at São Paulo State University, Téka went on to study at Boston’s Berklee School of Music and Longy School of Music. Téka has performed and recorded with Brazilian legends Hermeto Pascoal , Gilberto Gil, Flora Purim and Airto Moreira. Her first CD, Garden Planet, included original music with an environmental theme. Both Garden Planet and her second release, Watercolours of Brazil, received high praise from critics and audiences. Reviewing those first two albums, The Los Angeles Times wrote that, “Like João Gilberto, Téka brings everything into a unified expression, combining her vocal lines and rhythmic guitar accompaniments into a single, elegantly buoyant musical blend.” Her latest release, So Many Stars, was described by the International Review of Music as “a definitive statement that she has matured into a gifted, world-class musical artist. Téka has a summer evening breeze quality to her voice always. She is as smoooooooooooth as bossa nova can be and that is very smooth indeed.” 

“… a fine guitarist with a velvety sounding voice… an innate musicality that touched every aspect of her performance.  Like João Gilberto, she brought everything into a unified expression, combining her vocal lines and rhythmic guitar accompaniments into a distinct buoyant musical blend.” Los Angeles Times by Don Heckman

“Everything she does sounds so easy and comfortably centered, even though much of it is actually very difficult in terms of chops and focus. For example, the extraordinary guitar playing with which she accompanies her vocals and the easy control she exerts over her beautifully textured, lyrical voice. Her intonation is right on and her time is impeccable; she swings gently and it feels exhilarating to the listener”. L.A. Jazz Scene by Stanley Naftaly