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BIO

Rita Braga live_credit Anna Wojtecka

live at “Ministry of Burlesque” in Warsaw, 2016. Credit: Anna Wojtecka

Rita Braga (Lisbon, 1985) is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She performs songs in over 10 languages, both solo and collaboratively.

Over the last decade she has performed in numerous clubs, theatres, art galleries and festivals across Europe, the US, Brazil and Australia, alongside composing soundtracks for animated shorts and TV commercials. She holds a BA in Music Sciences and is currently undertaking an interdisciplinary MA in Theatre and Performance at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Bird on the Moon (Lunadélia Records, 2018) reveals her idiosyncratic and sometimes eerie pop compositions. Mark Barton describes it on The Sunday Experience as “a world teased with a childlike surreal innocence, both spectral and minimalist, populated by a playful alchemy whose somewhat casual absent mindedness charms and chimes with a crooked and kooky allure. Reference wise, Ms Braga shares a kinship with the Space Lady, both operating in a sparse pop purist medium that draws its lineage back to Silver Apples”.

She has previously self released Gringo in São Paulo (2015), an EP comprised of original songs written and recorded whilst living in Brazil, and her critically acclaimed debut album Cherries That Went To The Police (2011), a reinterpretation of songs from all over the world (produced by Bernardo Devlin).

In 2016, during a 2 month residency in Graz, Austria, she wrote and performed the sci-fi minimal ukulele pop operetta A Quantic Dream. The show combined a dream sequence, astrophysics, burlesque, animation and light hearted existencialism, moving her artistic practise towards the realm of DIY musical theatre and increasingly hybrid performances.

Braga represented Portugal in EurNoVision 2016, an annual release of underground European artists, and she was one of the ukulele artists integrating the cd Songs for the Sea: Ukulele Sirens (released in May 2017).

Her collaborations, both live and recorded, include work with The Legendary Tigerman, Martha Colburn, Dorit Chrysler, Mary Ocher, Victor Coyote, Borts Minorts, Bernardo Devlin, Presidente Drógado, Felix Kubin and Ian Svenonius.

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Rita Braga (1985) é cantora, compositora e multi-instrumentista. Atua geralmente a solo um repertório eclético em mais de dez línguas.

Ao longo da última década atuou em numerosos clubes, teatros, galerias de arte e festivais por toda a Europa, EUA, Brasil e Austrália, e compôs bandas sonoras. É licenciada em Ciências Musicais e frequenta uma pós-graduação interdisciplinar em Teatro e Performance na Goldsmiths, Universidade de Londres.

O álbum mais recente Bird on the Moon (Lunadélia Records, 2018) revela o seu universo idiossincrático e por vezes estranho, pelo qual foi descrita como “a cantora folk que acompanhou os primeiros viajantes do espaço” (Fred Roberts, Ragazine).

Anteriormente editou o EP Gringo in São Paulo (2015), composto de temas escritos e gravados quando residiu no Brasil, e o aclamado álbum de estreia Cherries That Went To The Police (2011), uma reinterpretação de temas de diversas partes do mundo (produzido por Bernardo Devlin).

Em 2016 escreveu e dirigiu a opereta minimal pop de ficção científica “A Quantic Dream”, como resultado de uma residência artística de dois meses em Graz, Áustria.

Representou Portugal na coletânea EurNoVision 2016, no qual se destacam projetos musicais independentes de toda a Europa, e foi uma das artistas de ukulele convidada a integrar o cd Songs for the Sea: Ukulele Sirens, editado em Maio de 2017.

As colaborações incluem trabalho com The Legendary Tigerman, Martha Colburn, Dorit Chrysler, Mary Ocher, Victor Coyote, Borts Minorts, Bernardo Devlin, Felix Kubin e Ian Svenonius.