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Brazilian Girls

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Brazilian Girls’ music incorporates bits of , , , , and various other influences. Despite their name, no one in the band is Brazilian.

The sexy/quirky/mysterious Brazilian Girls were three men — Didi Gutman (from Argentina) on keyboards and computers, Jesse Murphy on bass, and Aaron Johnston on drums — and one woman, Sabina Sciubba, the vocalist. Sciubba often enjoys wearing lacy eye masks on-stage and sings in no fewer than five different languages. She was born in Rome but grew up in Nice and Munich before settling in Brooklyn, NY. She first came to record buyers’ attention when she recorded two jazz albums — You Don’t Know What Love Is with pianist Chris Anderson and Meet Me in London with guitarist Antonio Forcione — for the English audiophile label Naim. She described her meeting with the men of Brazilian Girls as “love at first sight and it moved as fast as the Autobahn.” Falling into the new, playful downtown scene that was revolving around the Nublu club helped speed the band’s success.

Like-minded bands like Wax Poetic and the Nublu Orchestra had made the club the hip spot 2004 for adventurous pop fans and Brazilian Girls’ freeform, bouncy kind of jamming fit right in. Soon they had the Saturday night slot at Nublu, and the East Village press had fallen in love with them. Murphy and Johnston made appearances on John Zorn’s 2003 album Voices in the Wilderness and every Brazilian Girl contributed to Wax Poetic’s sophomore release, the Nublu Sessions, the same year. The Verve Company became interested in the band around this time, thinking them perfect for the more pop and progressive imprint Verve Forecast.

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