Vanja Santos

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Thomas Clausen - p
Afonso Correa - t
Christina von Bülow - s/f
Mads Vinding - b
Vanja Santos Vocal - v

Vanja Santos
Vanja Santos storms into the room, gives a friendly hello and sits down on the couch with an exhausted sigh. The Brazilian singer is busy, because she's postponed it long enough, recording an album in Danish with depth and color, and a blues album, "because it will suit my voice". "But," Vanja Santos continues after taking a breath of air, "before that, I'm recording an album with Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Carlos Malta, pianist Thomas Clausen, who arranged the recording, drummer Afonso Correia, and bass player Mads Vinding. The album will include our interpretation of four songs by Elis Regina, one of the greatest Brazilian singers, that many European journalists have compared me to. So I feel obligated," Vanja Santos emphasizes with an obvious respect in both voice and expression, "but luckily, these are some amazing compositions that I can really identify with."

Rio De Janeiro, Sao Paolo, Copenhagen, Los Angeles, Rotterdam, Germany Oslo, New York. Starting over, back and forth, and again. In the past few years, the world has been the work place for Brazilian-born Vanja Santos. Her voice takes her from place to place, from album recordings with people like drummer Robertinho Silva and spontaneous jam sessions at Nanm in L.A. with bass player T.M. Steven. "If I don't sing, I'm like a fish out of water. When I sing, I feel like I can tell people everything and be understood," Vanja Santos says, remembering a concert in Belgrade with Majbritte Ulrikkeholm years back where she made the audience at the sold-out show sing gospel in Portuguese as if it was the most natural thing. "I am understood, not just linguistically, but really understood, when I sing," she says, surprised, shy and a bit moved about being asked to judge her own voice.

And Vanja really doesn't have to. Because it sounds better than ever, and she moves more freely, up and down, through her register. She's a chip off the old block. Vanja Santos was born into a thoroughly musical family, her mother was a dancer and a singer, her father a saxophonist, and her older brother was also an amazing singer. Already as a kid, Vanja let herself get swept away by the music, by bossanova, samba, jazz. Ideally at the same time, which is the key not just to understanding Vanja Santos, but to her self-understanding as well: "I am proud to come from a family that together with the legendary composer and painter, Heiter dos Prazeres, has helped start up the music in Brazil. But over the years, the music itself has become my roots. I always bring it with me."

Other recordings lie ahead with Vanja Santos' own orchestra, which includes the renowned guitar players Christian Sivert and Jacob Fischer, both of whom she has a special relationship with. "They get me, and more importantly, the music I make. They appreciate what I can do on a stage and my ability to establish contact with the audience," Vanja Santos explains, mentioning the rest of her impressive orchestra as well: Ben Besiakov (keys), Christina Von Bülow (sax), Nicolai Land (bass) and Alfonso Correia (drums). Vanja Santos continues: "I've also jammed with my friend, the amazing bass player Marcos Miller both in L.A. and Copenhagen, and an album recording is very likely," Vanja Santos smiles and won't deny that other things may happen as well. It's highly possible, because in the past few years, Vanja Santos has often wondered why she didn't make more use of her many professional contacts and friendships around the world. According to her, she was too shy. But that's over, Vanja says. "I've received so many requests and invitations that up until now I haven't accepted. I don't know why, but now I really feel like plunging into a world adventure again. I owe that to myself and my voice."

Thomas Søie CPH. 2012