Katia also gave way to performing arts by studying dance and theatre and by taking part in a very famous group of young 'avant-garde' artists in Rio de Janeiro (at the beginning of the 80's). Among the very famous local artists who rose from this group was her long time close friend Bebel Gilberto (João Gilberto's daughter). After taking part in several movies, plays, musicals and dancing projects, Katia concentrated her career on singing. In the mid 90's, when she started to look for some new partners to give a deeper focus on her musical concepts, Katia had the luck to find the late great producer Suba.
Before his untimely death in 1999, she had the privilege to have him mixing her first album, 'Katia B' (2000). Suba also invited her to compose and sing on his successful album 'São Paulo Confessions'. Their partnership can be heard on the track called 'Secret'. Later she participated on his tribute album 'Tributo', on the track 'Are you Sleeping?'.
Katia's second album, 'Só Deixo Meu Coração na Mão de Quem Pode' (2003), was released worldwide. In Brazil the album was released by MCD Records, in Japan by Rip Curl Recordings, in Germany by Peacelounge Recordings, in the UK by Tumi Music (as 'Mais Uma/One More Shot') and in the US by Street Beat Records (as 'My Brazilian Heart'). She worked with several producers. Some of them were new names in the Brazilian music scene.
Others were well known, like Bid (electronic and lounge) and Marcos Suzano (the great Brazilian percussionist who travels the world spreading some serious Samba beats!). Some other great local musicians participated on the album too, like her husband João Barone (drummer for famous rock band Paralamas do Sucesso) and the great worldwide renowned musical genius and close friend, Egberto Gismonti. The success of the album led to various concert invitations in and outside Brazil; like in Mexico, Uruguay, France (Paris) and Germany (in Frankfurt and at the well known Popkomm Festival in Berlin (2006)). Now here's Katia's third solo project: 'Espacial' There's an info page in Enlish on Katia's work on MúsicaBrasileira.org with cd and concert reviews. Katia B mixes MPB with electronic music. More info: http://katiab.uol.com.br/biography.php Read more on Last.fm.
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