In this series, we present our new composers. We are proud to introduce Julie Bevan
Please tell us about yourself and what you do.
I’ve been in love with playing the nylon string guitar ever since I got my hands on one when I was 14. Since then I’ve explored many musical styles before discovering the music of Brazil. I am passionate about composing and recording. Two stand out concerts of career so far, have been a concert in TribOz Rio de Janeiro Brazil. It was the first time I had performed a programme of my own compositions. The other was when, (with assistance from CNZ) I directed and participated in performances of the the Afro Sambas of Baden Powell. Together with 10 other musicians and dancers we performed at several festivals around NZ.
Please choose 2-3 of your works/albums and tell us about them.
The first piece I ever composed was ‘Saudades’, (meaning a longing or a yearning) I wrote that while performing and studying in Brazil. Later I had the opportunity to record it there. https://juliebevan.bandcamp.com/track/saudades.In late 2018 I recorded my new album ‘Kaleidoscope’This was my first album of my own music. I recorded 6 tracks in Brazil with producer Marcelo Nami and with some fantastic Brazilian musicians. The remaining four tracks were recorded here in NZ with Nick van Dijk, Aaron Stewart and Alistair Frazer. My two favourite tracks are ‘Danca dos Gnomos’ (Dance of the Gnomes) and ‘A-Frame Lullaby’https://juliebevan.bandcamp.com/album/kaleidoscope
What are you working on at the moment?
Currently, I am working on setting up a tour for 2020. I am looking at performing in Aotearoa, Brazil, Israel, Sweden, Britain and Australia, promoting ‘Kaleidoscope’.
I am also composing music for my next recording project which I hope to start recording in 2020.
Where can people connect with you online?
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