In the months leading up to the album’s release, Vasconcelos will be co-hosting Arts Council funded public workshops where she will explore the lyrics and the stories behind the songs with the audience. Kings College professor David Treece, who will lead the workshops, commented, “This project builds on our shared commitment to the idea that interpreting, performing and listening to music from other times and places is a collaborative, creative activity, an act of translation in its broadest sense. And no one is better qualified to lead this process of intercultural exchange and creative collaboration than Mônica Vasconcelos, described by The Guardian as “a curator of Brazilian music, rediscovering her compatriots’ sound and reinterpreting it in a coolly individual way”.”
The São Paulo Tapes project is supported by Arts Council, England
Vasconcelos is also a renowned radio presenter. She won a gold award at the 2014 New York International Radio Festivals for the documentary The Secret History of Bossa Nova, which she presented on BBC Radio 4.
Mônica Vasconcelos: www.monicavasconcelos.com