From an early age, Brazilian-born Flávia Nascimento was inspired by her folk guitarist father and her grandfather, a member of Folia de Reis (a musical parade accompanying the traditional Christmas celebrations). In 1996, after graduating from Brazil’s Guignard University of Arts of Minas Gerais, Flávia launched a career in street theater and clowning, and toured in several musicals. She then moved to Recife to complete training as a percussionist with the masters of the popular culture of northeast Brazil. While travelling with Cirque du Soleil’s Cirque du Monde project, Flávia fell in love with a Quebec volunteer and, in 2001, she moved to Quebec City. There, she began hosting a radio show of Brazilian music and collaborating with Kabir Percussion, under the direction of Christian Paré.
Now fully devoted to the music side of her career, she leads the bands Pé na Rua and Forrossanova. Her favourite style of music, forró, originated in Northeastern Brazil. It incorporates various folk dance styles and beats and enjoys widespread popularity all over the country. On a 2014 trip to Brazil, she instantly hit it off with veteran musician and arranger Betinho Muniz, and the two commenced work on her first solo CD. (The full-length version of Beija Flor is due out soon). After moving from Quebec City to Sherbrooke, Flávia staged a show at the magnificent Granada Theatre, accompanied by four musicians she affectionately calls her Little More Big Band. The production was a success and led to engagements at, among others, Auberge Petite-Nation in Saint-André-Avellin, Quebec and Toronto’s Uma Nota festival. In 2015, Flávia won the Stingray Music Rising Star Award at Mundial Montreal. Joining Flávia for her TD Sunfest debut are stellar band members Pedro Joel (bass), Andre Valerio (guitar), and Junior & Riquinho Fernandez (drums).