Founders

Beatriz Malnic

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Co-founder and Musical Director of Brazilian Voices, Inc. since 2001, Beatriz Malnic has a B.A. in Music from the University of São Paulo (USP). Brazilian-born vocalist Beatriz Malnic was asked to join the touring group of the Brazilian pop star, Toquinho. She worked with Toquinho for 5 years and toured the world making several recordings and videos with him. She arrived in the United States in 1996 and immediately found herself to be in demand as a performing and recording singer, pianist, teacher, arranger, and choir director. In addition to being a highly respected interpreter of Brazilian bossa nova and samba, Beatriz is constantly soughtafter for her sultry style of singing songs from the Great American Songbook. She performed with her vocal group and non-profit organization, Brazilian Voices, many times at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, and performed her sold-out concert “Girl From Ipanema” at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center and many other international venues.
She is the featured vocalist on several CDs, including a CD of bossa nova and samba that was produced by Roberto Menescal and directed by Nelson Motta for Warner Music of Brazil. Her CD, “Estrada do Sol,” was released in 2006 and features bassist Don Wilner, drummer Duduka da Fonseca, pianist Mike Orta, and jazz saxophonists Felipe Lamoglia and Harry Allen. She recorded a total of 5 CDs and 1 DVD. Three of her latest CDs, “Bossa n’ Blues” (both the live and studio version) and “Chico Buarque by Beatriz Malnic” won the Brazilian International Press Award for Best CD released by a Brazilian Artist Living in the U.S. in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Beatriz also received the prestigious Brazilian Press Award as the best singer in 2009. In 2014 Beatriz won another Brazilian Press Award for her Bossa Nova performance “Girl From Ipanema” at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center in Florida.
Beatriz has performed and recorded with Brazilian musical luminaries such as Chico Buarque, Al Di Meola, Roberto Menescal (considered one of the fathers of Bossa Nova), Nestor Torres (with whom she collaborated in his “Dances, Prayers and Meditations” CD and a composition for the Miami Children’s Chorus, “Successors”), and many others. In the U.S., she has performed and recorded with Brazilian jazz drumming legend Duduka da Fonseca, jazz pianists Mike Renzi and Mike Orta, jazz bassist Don Wilner, and many others. Due to her impeccable pitch, sight-reading ability, and tone quality, she is a first-call studio vocalist and voice-over talent in the South Florida area.
In addition to singing, recording, and conducting, Beatriz also keeps busy doing vocal master classes. Recently, she coached vocalists at the University of Florida in Gainesville, the L’auditori in Barcelona, the Conservatory of Music in São Paulo, the Ignacio de Loyolla Church in the Vatican, as well as the Brazilian Music Workshop with Antonio Aldolfo in Hollywood, Florida. Beatriz is the co-director and founder of the 30-voice all-female vocal group Brazilian Voices, a non-profit community service organization that performs and records in the South Florida area and internationally. Beatriz is responsible for almost all of the vocal arrangements performed by Brazilian Voices. With Beatriz’s direction, this group won 11 Brazilian International Press Awards for Outstanding Brazilian Group in the U.S. Their first CD was released in 2005, followed by 5 others.

Loren Oliveira

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Immersed in the arts since childhood, Loren studied drama and singing technique in Brazil, produced and recorded in many studios (with internationally renowned artists, including Mitar Subotic-Suba, Edson Cordeiro, Will Calhoun, and Lenine) and performed, singing and acting roles in the musicals “Evita”, “Amapola” and others. A key singing role in “The Imaginary Invalid” of São Paulo’s Ornitorrinco Group introduced her to the world of theater festivals in Madrid, Cadiz, Costa Rica, Mexico City and New York.
In 1992 in Brazil, Loren designed and performed a concept/show, “The Eight Deadly Sins” (based on Bertolt Brecht’s play the “7 Deadly Sins.”). Onstage, Loren and Director Wellington Nogueira, created a high level of energy among musicians, performers, acrobats, and dancers working with pyrotechnics, percussion, trapeze, and large screen projection. An innovative conceptual concert was created and acclaimed by critics and enthusiastic audiences alike.
In 2000, Loren was ready to launch her solo projects and artistic endeavors, and began her own production company in the USA.
At the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, she conceptualized and designed the local Taiko Drum group’s performance – Sinergy – “When Japan meets Brazil.” She was also Artistic Director for keynote shows for Miami Heat, TAM Airlines events, TIM & Blue Man Group, Morikami Museum, and Teleperformance. In 2011, she directed the musical production for the launch event for FIAT cars in the USA and created and supervised other international production projects for Embraer, Embratur and the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida.
With noted Brazilian singer and musician Beatriz Malnic, she founded the female vocal group Brazilian Voices, a non-profit organization, 11-time winner of the Brazilian International Press Award. With the support of the Broward County Cultural Division, she produced and co-directed a series of concerts: “Women That Rock”, “Brazilian Voices & Friends”, “Samba”, “AfroBrazil”, “Funky Jazz”, “One Voice”, “Celebrating Women”, “Beyond Bossa”, “Lounge Brazil”, “Alegria”, “Joy of Brazil”, “Rhythm”, “Melodia”, “Jazz & Samba”, and “From Brazil to the World”, among others. She also worked on the project State to State, with the Consulate General of Brazil in Miami and other dignitaries from the Brazilian Ministry of Culture during the implementation of South Florida Points of Culture, at BCPA.
In the studio, she co-produced and served as musical director, singer, and composer for 7 Brazilian Voices CDs and 2 DVDs, and 2 CDs of the the Japanese Taiko drumming group Fushu Daiko, recorded with Nestor Torres, George Tandy, Mike Orta, Jorge L. Sosa, Ivo de Carvalho among others. With local Miami DJs, Loren created a series of events and recordings with fusion and remixes of classic Bossa Nova. As musical director, singer, and producer, she also created the “3 Space Project,” a CD of original experimental compositions, blending sounds from different styles using musicians from Japan, New Zealand, Cuba, Brazil and the USA.

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