With her bewitching voice and warm rhythms, Bïa links the cultures of the places that have shaped her, including her native Brazil, France and Quebec.
A prolific and melodic songwriter, she is best known as a singer, and often translates lyrics by leading artists into her various languages: Félix Leclerc into Portuguese, Chico Buarque into French, Georges Brassens into Spanish… Strong, true and evocative, her voice wraps around the nuances of fragile emotions and fleeting experiences. She regularly performs in duet with other artists (Lhasa, Yves Duteil, Georges Moustaki, Gianmaria Testa, Bénabar) and lends her multicultural flair to compositions for other voices, notably those of Henri Salvador and Yves Desrosiers.
Composed, invented, shaped, danced and dreamed between Rio and Montreal, Navegar, released last March, features 13 ports of call, 13 musical pas de deux where, on each stretch of sand, two talented musicians weave a dialogue around Bïa’s sublime voice. Each song becomes a unique combination of instruments, a spare yet complete universe that fills the senses and draws listeners into a soothing oceanic ambiance.
Featuring a host of guest artists, including Gianmaria Testa (vocals, guitar), Alejandra Ribera (vocals), Jordan Officer (guitar), Andrea Lindsay (vocals, guitar), Joe Grass (guitar), Olaf Gundel (guitar), Erik West-Millette (guitar, bass), Charles Imbeau (trumpet), Bernard Falaise (guitar), Sarah Pagé (harp), Levy Bourbonnais (harmonica) and Sheila Hannigan (cello), to name a few, Navegar is Bïa’s most accomplished album to date. From the sweet “Mon inventaire,” a duet with Andrea Lindsay, to “La Tua Voce” by and with Gianmaria Testa and Bïa’s cover of the Beatles classic “Eleanor Rigby,” Navegar is like a long-awaited voyage, like a smooth and languorous heat wave that heralds the coming of summer.