Over four years, the band brought The Bossa Nova Sunset Club to the Anywhere Festival, for four sold-out seasons, (and, eventually the title of their latest album!)
The series put the spotlight each year on different styles of Brazilian music; bossa nova, samba, music and composers of the North East of Brazil, and finally, in a departure for the band and the re-birth of an old band (To Sergio With Love), they showcased the music of Sergio Mendes and Brazil 66.
From the streets of Rio, the clubs of Minas Gerais and the towns of the north-east, come the sounds of rejoicing and sharing in the spirit of Brazilian life.
Saideira is a festival that simply and joyfully communicates the rhythms of the everyday in an exuberant celebration of a beautiful and rich musical and cultural heritage. The festival ran independently for five years, and was the first dedicated Brazilian festival in Queensland. Unable to find any funding assistance to continue, we had to leave everyone with awesome memories, and let the festival go.
Perhaps one day we'll be back!
Madcouch Productions sees Anje in the producer's chair, directing and programming festivals and creating and writing shows.
Aside from the work generated directly through the Brazilian side of things, Anje has also been working as a freelance producer for Brisbane City Council for 20 years, and is currently a producer for the Lord Mayor's City Hall Lunchtime Concerts. She co-produced six years of Fete de la Musique for BCC, and was the artistic director and producer for one of the most acclaimed and highly attended cultural events programmed for the G20 Summit in 2014 (The Ladysinger's Social Club).
Anje's latest project is as far from bossa nova as you can get, with the creation of Beyond The Blue Horizon, a show that lovingly
pays tribute to the great songwriting of Mike Nesmith (ex-Monkee), and features pedal-steel maestro Michel Rose.