• Fabio Keldani
    Actor, Singer, Songwriter

    Exclusive to the Brazilian Day in LA: Braizlian Actor, Singer, and Song writer Fabio Keldani will be performing for a second year at the Brazilian Day in LA on September 7, 2013. He has appeared in serveral Globo novelas including Fina Estampa. He sang on "Crianca Esperanca" on Globo TV this year and has appeared in various novelas including .  He is also a singer, composer, and musician as well as an athlete playing in the US Open Tennis Celebrity tennis match in New York city.

    Joining up with best of LA’s Brazilian musical talent including Rodney D’Assis, Fabio will sing for the crowd of admirers of this multi-talented Brazilian.

  • Monobloco
    Samba School All-Music Styles

    The percussion group Monobloco, renowned for incorporating diverse rhythms and musical styles to a samba beat, was created in 2000 by the components of the band Pedro Luís e A Parede, also known as PLAP - Pedro Luís (vocals, acoustic and electric guitars), Mário Moura (bass guitar), C.A. Ferrari, Sidon Silva and Celso Alvim (drums and percussion). Today, Monobloco is among the Brazilian acts with the greatest number of performances all year round.

    Monobloco's eclectic repertoire goes from traditional carnival marchinhas by João Roberto Kelly to sambas by Cartola and Clara Nunes; from xotes by Alceu Valença to forrós by Luiz Gonzaga; from the Brazilian funk of MC Leonardo to pop songs by Paralamas do Sucesso, Raul Seixas and Tim Maia. Among the hits performed during the shows are Taj Mahal, Fio Maravilha, País Tropical and Santa Clara Clareou (all by Jorge Benjor), Rap do Real (by Pedro Luís and Rodrigo Maranhão) and São Gonça (by Farofa Carioca). This unexpected mixture is also seen in the array of instruments - electric and bass guitars are added to traditional samba school instruments such as cavaco, repique, tamborim, shaker, surdo and agogô.

  • Karen Keldani
    Spiritual Singer

    Exclusive to the Brazilian Day in LA: Karen Keldani is a singer who started early in life recently singing with a youth group in Rio for the Pope's 2013 visit to Brazil.

    At 7 she was a soloist in the choir of the composer mirim Waldeci Farias at Notre Dame College in Ipanema school where she studied for a lifetime. At 10 participated novel Araponga Globo and has not stopped working with music and theater. Very religious, age 17, she became a catholic in the parish of the Resurrection where he also taught dance and theater for children. She graduated in Arts and 20 years represented the life of Santa Clara in the musical "Francis of Assisi" Cyrus Barcelos, show that toured throughout Brazil and the world for seven years. In the same period, she recorded the Christmas special of Xuxa.

    Karen Maria represented the Passion of Christ of Arcos da Lapa and Ipanema beach at the meeting of the Parishes of Our Lady of Peace and Resurrection. She participated in the choir coming of Pope John Paul II as a singer and preparing the voices of children outdoor Mass held in Flamengo.

    After integrating various musical success in 2009, Karen was invited by the composer Ricardo Brito recording his songs on the album Soul Women. Through this experience, and performing several shows in Rio de Janeiro, decided to devote himself to an old dream: to record a cd to speak of their faith and love for God. In 2012 she released the album "My Faith". Produced by her brother, actor, singer and songwriter Fábio Keldani and arranged by Fernando Monteiro, the album features songs already known by all.

  • Engels Espiritos
    Musician, Composer

    The musician Engels Espiritos is one of the most versatile, expressive and respected harmonica players of Brazil, who brings a fusion composition between Afro-American music and Brazilian music. An artist recognized, who has already played in circuits and fests from several countries likewise: Canada, the USA and countries of Europe. He began his musical studies in lyrical singing course at EMB ( Music College of Brasilia) and it was the technical basis for the survey and practice of the sounds, tones and soul of the expression of many Blues/Jazz/Rock singers. Black Music has always been his greatest aim. Engels Espiritos is self-taught and the pioneer to work with harmonicas in Brasilia city. He developed the first harmonica course with his own methodology, and was responsible for the first generation of professional harmonica players in town. And was also the first harmonica player to present shows of Afro-American Music in fusion to Brazilian music in the city. He is a researcher who tried to know deeply the harmonica in its origin, history and trajectory covering all of the most varied characteristics of this instrument.

  • The 7 Boys

    After a long and fruitful journey fishing King Crab in Arctic seas (or not!), the four members of The 7 Boys gathered in Hollywood to conquer the music scene on the west coast of the U.S., honoring the reputation of being the most coveted Brazilian band in LA.

    With a rhythm session to envy the more ornate French chefs, Dan Elias (Drums, Percussion and Vocals) and Gui Bodi (Bass and Vocals) provide a consistent basis and danceable groove needed to support the dexterity of the virtuoso and musically hungry Pablo Martins (Guitar, Voice and Cavaco) which in turn hold together all the charismatic force, irreverence without commitment and talent of Joao Boy (Guitar and Voice). Together they form The 7 Boys, synonymous with joy, fun and Brazilian music. With them, you can't get stuck on the dance floor, because even if you try,Joao grabs you to dance and have fun with everybody!

    And you can expect anything from the set list: MPB, samba-rock, forró, reggae, pop, among others. They have everything in store to please Greeks and Trojans!

  • Carnaval Artist

    The Carnaval Artist (carnavalesca) for the event, Doris de Hilster does not perform herself, but her costumes are a very important part of the performance.

    Dris de Hilster, a Brazilian and native of Rio de Janeiro, is a natural-born clothes and costume designer. Dris clothes and costumes have been featured and seen all over the world including a 2011 Hondacommercial, the 2010 Rose Parade, the Latin Grammys, Macy's Brazilian Celebration, Dancing with the Stars (2 times), in the Rio Sambadrome in Brazil in the year 2000, and in front of celebrities including all the Fondas at Bridget Fondas wedding, and Carl Lewis 45 birthday party to name a few. Doris was honored in 2006 by a national tour of carnaval arts at the Fowler Museum at UCLA.

    This lover of all things fashion first displayed her talent for clothes in a small store in Copacabana Beach in Rio. Her ability to spot the trends and what would be hot and what would not, attracted the attention of the owner who relied on Doris to make major purchase decisions.In 1989, Doris married American David de Hilster and moved to Los Angeles. There In 1992, Doris opened the doors to her first store and her first label: Samba Collection. First located in an artist loft in Long Beach, she soon moved her store to the main street in the heart of downtown where her fashions were recognized by many appreciative customers. She then moved her store to the Long Beach Mall. During this same time In 1995, she entered the world of the internet where her talent went worldwide. Today, Doris has hundreds of clients around the world from over 30 countries.

    Being a clothes designer, it was a natural for Doris to start making costumes for the samba group SambaLa Samba School started by her husband. Soon, it was apparent that her talent for design easily made the transition to the colorful costumes of Brazilian Carnaval.

    Doris' costumes were also displayed on the biggest samba stage of them all: Rio's famous Sambadrome during Carnaval 2000. Her mestre-sala porta-bandeira (ballroom master and flag-bearer) costume were on display for over 20 million Brazilians to see.

  • Katia Moraes
    M.C., Singer, Composer

    The unique Brazilian singer and lyricist Kátia Moraes began her career in Rio de Janeiro in the 80's with her energetic band "O Espirito da Coisa" . Since then she has performed and/or recorded with top Brazilian acts like Sergio Mendes, Airto Moreira, Oscar Castro-Neves, Rita Lee, Elba Ramalho, Sandy and Junior, Banda Cheiro de Amor, and also with George Duke, Latin Grammy nominee Alex Acuña and Justo Almario's Tolú, Grammy nominee "Latin Project", and Chill artist Praful, saxaphonist from Netherlands. 

    After moving to Los Angeles in 1990, she started lending her voice to films and television for dubbing and "Voice-overs" while performing with The Rio Thing, Midnight Drums, 22-piece Orchestra Feijoada Completa, Sol & Mar, Viver Brasil Dance Company, Folk Ballet of Brasil, Badauê, Man and Machine, and many more. 

    In 1996, she released her first CD "Ten Feet and the Sun" in the U.S. with Brasil Nuts band. In 1999 she released "Ginga" with Sambaguru, and in 2003 "Live" by Kufala Records. Her 4th CD with Sambaguru is called "Navegar ao Sol" by Moondo Records. In 2009 Sambaguru released "Tribo" that was on the Preliminary Nominating Ballot for the Grammy 2009.

    In 1998, Kátia started putting out a monthly newsletter, Brazilian Heart, to challenge her as a writer and "communicator". Brazilian Heart explores issues of culture, art and music following her personal whims and passions. She also wrote for Soul Brasil magazine and Brazil Today newspaper. Blog:   

    Kátia is currently creating a new show for 2012 entitled "Heart to Heart - An Open Letter to Brasil," while singing with Sambaguru, Pure Samba,  Brazilian Hearts, Samba Society, and Viver Brasil Dance Company. Pure Samba won the L.A. Treasure Award, granted in part, by the California Traditional Music Society, a facility of the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Dept. and The California Traditional Music Society.

  • Daniel Carneiro
    Composer, Musician, Singer

    Guitarist, composer and singer, Daniel Carneiro was born in 1979. Originally from Brazil, Daniel started playing bass at the age of 13 while at the Curitiba conservatory of Brazilian popular music. Outside of the classroom Daniel performed at many of the local clubs in his hometown.

    At the age of 16 he started playing the guitar and also started writing his first songs. A few years later he relocated to Los Angeles, CA to study at Los Angeles Music Academy (LAMA) in Pasadena. Here he studied with Frank Gambale, Jeff Richman, Ross Bolton.

    After finishing his degree in guitar, he began performing his original compositions in the local LA circuit with his 7 piece band New Cycle. He is currently taking Jazz guitar lessons from Sid Jacobs. Daniel has also studied composition, conducting, harmony and orchestration at UCLA (film scoring program). He was very enthusiastic about film scoring from an early age, his music shifts from orchestral to acoustic.

    Daniel is a dynamic composer who brings a refreshing approach to each project, with considerable experience writing music for different media. Daniel released his first album Naquela Noite in 2007. Daniel’s main instrument is the acoustic nylon guitar. He also plays the bass, cavaquinho  (brazilian small 4 string guitar) and various traditional Brazilian percussion instruments.

  • SambaLeza Dancers
    Rio-Style Parade
    Director Valeria Ruggieri joined SambaL over 9 years ago when Doris, the SambaL director gave her a crash course in samba and sent her off with the SambaL performers group to Seoul Korea for a show for 100,000 people for Kia Motor's world-wide launching of the "Rio" Car. She was the most photographed dancer in the group and from that day on, she was hooked on Samba. Since then, she has worked her way up in the ranks and has danced on Jay Leno and Nickelodeon with Will Smith and even helped one of the contestants and appeared on "Dancing with the Stars".
    She has worked her way from dancer, to princesa da bateria, rainha da bateria, and now madrinha da bateria. She teaches advanced samba dance and is creating special choreographies for the Street Carnaval. She also is an event planner and owner of Rio Bela Productions, and is vice-president of SambaL Samba School, a non-profit organization.
  • SambaLa Bateria
    Rio-Style Parade

    They say that the heartbeat of samba is the bateria or percussion unit. For SambaLa it is no different. Samba is infectious and has attracted many talented musicians to SambaLa.

    The SambaLa bateria is lead by Mestre Rodney D'Assis, Brazilian born-percussionist and musician. He has written and arranged the breaks for this year's Brazilian Street Carnaval.

    Other notable members of the sambaLa bateria include head-repinique Jesse Kitten (original member of SambaLa), the bahiana rhythm director Pedro Ha, long-time member and contributor to the bateria and its health Geoff Hunter (who has more samba instruments than anyone we know!), Ali Lexa (rehearsal director).

  • Samba 4 U
    Carnaval Block (Bloco)

    Carnaval "bloco" is a group of people that walk, dance and party in a semi-organized way, all wearing the same costume, called "ABADA."The abada is a t-shirt printed with the logo of the bloco as well as of the sponsors. During Carnaval, wearing this abada (t-shirt)  is the only way to get inside of the bloco where is surround by securities and it guarantees a save, exciting and outstanding way to enjoy all the Brazilian rhythms. On the intent to bring to America, all the joyfulness of the Brazilian Blocos, in 2010 Diane Cavalcante created  the Samba4U Bloco, which became the most energetic & fun class where you will learn various dance styles including Brazilian Samba, Brazilian AXE, Brazilian Hip-Hop, Samba Reggae, Calypso and many others Brazilian dancing styles.

  • Sambarinas

    Directed by Irani da Silva, the Beautiful samba dancers "Sambarinas" have done shows on TV, events and parties around Southern California performing with celebrities and people just like you!

  • Viver Brasil
    Axe Dance

    Viver Brasil/SwingBrazil/Capoeira Batuque/Batuklada led by Vida Vierra, Linda Yudin, Luiz Badaró, among others will be opening up the 2013 Brazilian Day once again with the ritual "Lavagem da Rua" or street cleansing at noon.  This is a beautiful ceremony that can't be missed.

    VIVER BRASIL, founded in 1997 by Linda Yudin and Luiz Badaró, is deeply rooted in the African heritage of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, and embodies the beautiful and mythic stories of Afro-Brazilian culture. A full percussion-based ensemble and vibrant costuming highlight Viver Brasil’s onstage jubilance, echoing the Directors’ vision of honoring Brazil’s African legacy through contemporary dance theater. As a Los Angeles-based dance company, Viver Brasil reflects the vitality of its global home and the artistic excellence and diversity of its company members. Through rigorous research and continuous dialogue with living masters and virtuoso musicians and choreographers in Bahia, Viver Brasil has garnered a reputation as the premier West Coast Brazilian dance organization.

    In 2010, the company was awarded the Lester Horton Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in World Dance, in 2009 for best achievement in music for dance, and the directors for excellence in teaching, and the company and its members have been nominated in the categories of best achievement in female and male performance and costume design. Viver Brasil has also performed at the Hollywood Bowl, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles; Lensic Performing Arts Center, NM; Herbst Theatre in San Francisco; Bergen Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ; American Theatre, Hampton VA; National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM; Taos Center for the Performing Arts, NM; and abroad in Mexico and Canada. The company has also been in residence at the University of Capetown, South Africa and many US universities and colleges. VB recently completed its 15th cultural immersion program to Salvador, Bahia. VB has received generous support from the New England Foundation for the Arts/National Dance Project, California Community Foundation, Durfee Foundation, Flourish Foundation, Harris Family Foundation, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Los Angeles Dance Advance Initiative.

    Viver Brasil is committed to increasing awareness of the rich history of Afro-Brazilian dance and music through performances, residencies and interactive workshops that engage a variety of communities from youth to adults and seniors. Viver Brasil’s arts education programs also include lectures on Afro-Brazilian culture and history and setting choreography on student ensembles.

  • Bodysport Capoeira

    BodySport Capoeira (Capoeira Esporte do Corpo in Portuguese) was formed in late 2006 and is located in Long Beach, CA.  The group is led by Mestre (Master) Roque, a native of the city of Salvador, Bahia - Brazil.

  • Mandingueiro Capoeira
    Capoeira in Orange County

    Professor Mosquito was born in Porto Alegre (RS), Brasil in 1983. Even though he started practicing capoeira in the late 1980s, it was in the 1990s when he formally dedicated himself to the art at Centrosul capoeira porto-alegrense as a student of Contra –Mestre Reco. Prof. Mosquito started teaching capoeira in the early 2000s. After the departure of his mestre for the United States in 2003, Prof. Mosquito began seeking a new path with capoeira. Following a quick passage by the hands of Mestre Gororoba (for who he has a great respect and admiration), Prof. Mosquito founded the group Capoeira Mandingueiro. Shortly after the foundation of the group Prof. Mosquito moved with his family to the coastal region of RS where he started a project with capoeira. With much dedication and perseverance Prof. Mosquito quickly gained respect and support from the community and public organizers of the city, he was also featured frequently in the newspaper and on the radio.