Thalma de Freitas
DiscoCanto (literally meaning “singing with records”) is the name of my radio show at Dublab, where I sing along with great tunes from Brazilian Jazz, Bossa, Samba, Vanguard and also musicians from all over our blue planet influenced by my beloved motherland.
I’m very grateful for this invitation from The Music Center to be part of For The Love Of L.A. project. I was delighted to perform unreleased original tracks in our quintal (backyard).
Even though I sing in Portuguese, I’m sure there’s something unique in the arts that transcend language barriers connecting us all with the vibe, rhythm, and imagery.
This DiscoCanto session, called “PlayDate” was a social distancing masquerade collaboration, where Tsz Man Lo art-directed for Mochilla’s Brian “B+” Cross, Eric Coleman and Cesar Alvarado to register a moment during challenging times. We all were looking for an opportunity to do creative work and this was a joyful one.
Again, thank you to Dexter Story, Daniel Soto and the team at The Music Center for having us, for the love of Los Angeles.
Thalma de Freitas was born in 1974 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She grew up in a creative household as the daughter of noted pianist, arranger, composer and conductor Laércio de Freitas, who she credits for developing her musical ear and her deep understanding of the intersections of Jazz and Brazilian culture. As a performer, she got her start in the theatre scene in Rio in the early 90s before gaining widespread fame as an actress in Brazilian film and television.
A dynamic singer and composer, she is known for her genre-defying mix of Samba, Jazz, Afro-Brazilian folk and R&B. De Freitas has lived in Los Angeles since 2012, where she continues to expand her sound with an ensemble of local musicians. Her songwriting and vision have led to an array of collaborations with Brazilian and American luminaries alike, including Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Quantic, Madlib and Kamasi Washington.
In 2019, Freitas earned her first Grammy nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album for her work on John Finbury's Sorte! Notable performances include a collaboration with her father, Laércio de Freitas, at Union Station, Los Angeles (2017), Soy Africano at Grand Performances, Los Angeles (2016), Sunset Concerts at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles (2016), and a collaboration with Carlinhos Brown for the Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony in London (2012).