Coração Brasileiro – A Brazilian Heart : Anna Salleh, a science journalist who sings and plays Brazilian jazz speaks to Mark Ulyseas on her life and works.
“There’s something very special here: a real understanding and passion for the idiom … really well played with a lot of life and energy.” – Peter Rechniewski (co-founder Sydney Improvised Music Association and Foundry616 jazz club)
“Sublime rendition of Brazilian classics with little bubbles and arrows of phrases energised by a rhythm that just won’t stop. Soft and sensual – soul and dream hold each other in a waltz’ Impressions from an earlier show.”-Danny Gardner, poet and writer
“She seduces the audience as only a woman with a real love and respect of Brazilian music could.”- Tina Harrod, acclaimed Australian soul singer
Anna Salleh is a Brazilian jazz artist and science journalist. She sings and plays guitar and has graced the international stage from Edinburgh Festival, to Kuala Lumpur and Rio de Janeiro. In Australia she performs in concert venues, jazz clubs and at festivals, with some the country’s top world/jazz musicians (e.g. Guy Strazz and Doug de Vries). In her hometown of Sydney Anna has had a long-term residency at jazz club Foundry616. She has three albums – one with a vocal group, and two with her Brazilian jazz repertoire. As a journalist, Anna currently works with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She has worked as a TV researcher and producer on Australian Story, Quantum, The Investigators and Insight (SBS TV), and produced radio programs for The Health Report and Earthbeat. Her articles have appeared in Nature News, New Scientist, Australasian Science, Griffith Review, The Medical Observer, The Independent Monthly, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Canberra Times and Choice Magazine. Anna has degrees in science and journalism, and a PhD in science and technology studies. She has also taught journalism at university, contributed to the development of science journalism courses, and to a number of books. Anna also produced an ABC Radio National Into the Music documentary about her journey of musical discovery in Brazil.
More info on Anna’s music: www.annasalleh.com
“Gorgeous Songs from Brazil & Beyond” (2016)
“A Felicidade” (2012) – live recording.
Acappella album – “Presents from the Fifth House” (2004). (See http://www.ihearmusic.com/133/the-fifth-house/presents-from-the-fifth-house/)
Samples of Anna’s writing can be found at: www.abc.net.au
Example of longer form writing: https://griffithreview.com/articles/farming-for-a-hungry-world/
Anna’s PhD: http://ro.uow.edu.au/theses/305/