Artist Interview: Ana Gazzola
Tell us about yourself and your music
I am a Brazilian singer/ songwriter. I have been living in Los Angeles for over 20 years but I go to Brazil every year to visit my family and reconnect with my roots.
Talk to us more about your latest release
My latest CD call “BRAZILIAN BLUES” It’s a collection of 12 songs. Few original compositions and some blues songs that I love. I included a few American Blues that are classics.
What inspired you to write this release?
This project started in 2016 when I performed at the Mississippi Delta Blues Festival in my hometown Caxias do Sul at the southernmost state of Brazil. It is the largest Blues Festival in South America. Yes, we love Blues down there.
I prepare a blues repertoire to perform at this amazing festival and the festival’s director gave me a nice spot. It was wonderful.
When I came back to LA, decided to transform my demo study into a real CD
Describe the writing and recording process
I recorded with my friend, pianist Pablo Medina in his home studio. (Pablo is a genius!!!)
We refined ideas inviting other musicians to be part of the project. I had the privilege to have a few of my favorite’s guitarist in the album like Celso Salim, Dino Durand, J.j. Brown, Angelo Metz, Fernando Aver, and the wonderful Marcele Berger in a special appearance on the Ukelele. Also playing harmonica Adrian Buono (from Los Pinguos), Heber Mor and Ron Kalina.
Mixed by Pablo Medina
Mastered by Ivan G Castro
English Coach by Carla Rigolin Hassett
Album Cover by S.J. Tadeu
Photo Cover by Alma Lopez
Makeup by Dany Amaral
Public Relations by Ady Daudt
Additional recording at Le Daros studios in Caxias do Sul.
I wrote two original’s Blues songs and chose 10 songs that I just love.
Total of 12 songs.
Any plans to release a video?
Yes. I will have a CD release party on February 9 In Long Beach / CA. I am planning to shoot a video and to Webcast the show here: https://www.concertwindow.com/anagazzola
Any plans to hit the road?
Ana Gazzola “Brazilian Blues” CD release Show – February 9 at Casa Arjona.
I will be accompanied by pianist/ album producer Pablo Medina, guitarist Angelo Metz, and few surprise guests.
Casa Arjona is always a perfect place to present a warm and intimate concert.
I hope to see you there.
The show starts at 7:30 PM
$20 in advance; $25 door.
Light appetizers included, you are welcome to bring your own basket & wine. Information: (562) 805-7770
4515 E Harvey Way
Long Beach/ CA 90808
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
I am Ana Gazzola. I like to brand myself as Ana Gazzola a Brazilian singer. Ana Gazzola’s voice. I have done different music projects. Two CD’s of original music (Brazilicious and URB Ana) and two CDs with cover songs. I am a singer and I like to sing good music. I have all kinds of musical influences from Brazilian, Pop, blues, funk, jazz. All of that appears in my music and my style of singing.
Who have you been listening to lately?
I listen to Amy Winehouse, Seu Jorge, Sonia Santos, Adele, Sting, Sade, Basia, Jobim and some playlists on Spotify that call Rota Brasil and they have all kinds of new Brazilian music.
Who are your biggest influences?
Maria Bethania, Elis Regina, Carly Simon, Carole King, Gato Barbieri
Tell us about your passions
I love graphic designing. I do a lot of my own promotions. Flyers, CD covers, etc…
I love to play my saxophone and I dedicate time to study it and spend most of the day at my studio garage where I record music and work on my computer and my music.
What else is happening next in your world?
I am studying the Kabbalah at the Kabbalah Center. I am fascinated with this technology of discovering the secrets of the Universe and tools that can help you to recognize yourself and be a better person. It’s not a religion. It’s wisdom.
Thanks for an awesome interview, Ana
Connect with Ana Gazzola
Website: http://anagazzola.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/anagazzolaTwitter: https://twitter.com/anagazzolaReverbnation: https://www.reverbnation.com/anagazzola/song/30343417-no-anymoreSoundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/search?q=ana%20gazzolaYoutube: https://www.youtube.com/user/yellowgreen69