A Little Bit About the Band....
Co-founders Anje West & Kym Ambrose met and fell in love in 1994, in Brisbane. Not much going on then
Brazilian-music-wise, apart from the godfather of Brazilian music in Australia, Jaider de Oliveira, who they met at the
Woodford Folk Festival in 1999 when Anje needed a better translation of a bossa nova tune she was about to perform.
The band has worked consistently for 22 years, never wavering from their belief that this music deserves a wider
audience. In the beginning, there were precious few musicians playing this music anywhere in Australia,
(and even fewer Australian musicians playing it!), and their commitment to bringing this music to tune Australian ears
has seen them heralded as pioneers of Brazilian music on home soil.
Influenced primarily by Brazilian jazz and bossa nova, theirs is a seductive, elegant and lush sound, underpinned always
by the impeccable groove of Owen Newcomb on bass, Lachlan Hawkins on drums, and completed by the beautiful guitar
work of Bruce Woodward. You can count on one hand (maybe two?!), the number of musicians dedicated to performing
Brazilian music in Australia for more than two decades, and in this ensemble, you have some of the most experienced,
superb players of this music in Australia. For real.
The group is based in Brisbane, Australia, where they have a loyal following, and have maintained a high profile on the
national world and jazz music scenes through the quality and consistency of their live shows. They tour occasionally,
slotting in around the heavy touring commitments of their fellow band-member's other groups.
( OJ's epic European and U.S. tour as John Butler's bassist in 2019, for one!!).
Anje & Kym have lived in Brazil three times in the past 15 years, immersing themselves in the life and culture of the country they've grown deeply attached to, studying with exceptional teachers, establishing and nurturing relationships with musicians and venues, and loving the fact that their music is embraced so whole-heartedly in Brazil. Not for its authenticity, but for its respectful re-interpretation and difference. The band has always acknowledged that it's not about trying to sound like they're Brazilian....because they're not. It's always simply been about exploring the music they love, and playing and composing with commitment and integrity. And that probably has something to do with why they are still being sought after for festival and concert appearances, and continue to explore this music and grow with it as the years pass.
Over the summer of 2012/13, on their third adventure to Brazil, Anje and Kym embarked on an 11 date concert tour which took them across three states and four cities, becoming a truly international group with addition of legendary Brazilian jazz rhythm section; drummer Marcio Bahia (Hermeto Pascoal/Hamilton de Holanda) and bassist Mazinho Ventura (Marcos Valle), along with guitarists Dino Rangel and Beto Lopes (MIlton Nascimento).
The band released their latest album, Bossa Nova Sunset Club, (recorded in Australia with Marcio Bahia on drums), to critical acclaim at the end of 2019
Photo Credit: Chris Osborne