Anna Salleh & Guy Strazz share a passion for Brazilian music - from bossa nova to Afro-samba and beyond the classics, their performance also includes virtuosic instrumentals and lovingly crafted original songs, such as the APRA-awarded Mandela.
Anna woos audiences with her vocal artistry and natural feel, while Guy’s guitar sings with deep expression. Anna, who performs both nationally and internationally has achieved great acclaim for her show ‘Gorgeous Songs from Brazil & Beyond’, which has featured some of Australia’s best jazz and world musicians.
Guy is an award-winning guitarist, composer and recording artist, who is well known for his albums and collaborations with artists as diverse as Slava Grigoryan, Ashok Roy, Matt McMahon and Vince Jones.
This fast-emerging and synergetic duo is not to be missed.
Read more about Guy and Anna (and watch videos of them in action) below.
Guy Strazz is an acknowledged master guitarist and composer specialising in modern jazz and Brazilian music such as choro and samba. He has performed at international music and arts festivals including Jak Jazz, Jazz Yatra, Johannesburg Film Festival, Perth and Adelaide Arts Festivals, Melbourne and Wangaratta Jazz, Japan World Expo, and Clusone Jazz in Italy. Guy has collaborated with many high profile artists including guitarists Slava Grigoryan, George Golla, Martin Taylor and Mike Stern; Indian musicians Ashok Roy and Vishwa Mohan Bhatt; jazz saxophonists Dale Barlow, Don Burrows and SandyEvans; pianists Simon Tedeschi and Matt McMahon; drummers David Jones and Andy Gander; and jazz singer Vince Jones. He is the recipient of several album nominations and awards including the prestigious Australia Council for the Arts Music Fellowship; two APRA Nominations and a Jazz APRA Award; ‘Best jazz album of the year’ AIR nomination in 2008, and his album Calcutta Express was named runner up in the 2006 IAP (USA) awards. He has recorded 10 albums as leader on major and independent labels.
“Guy is an amazing player and a great composer” Mike Stern (ex Miles Davis)
“Strazz takes to the classical guitar and the virtuosity is dazzling” Leon Gettler, The Melbourne Age
Sydney-based singer/guitarist Anna Salleh (pronounced ‘Sah-lay’) is one of Australia’s much-loved exponents of Brazilian jazz and other crossover music styles. Anna cut her teeth performing in acappella groups, small ensembles, and as a musician for improvised theatre. She has performed in clubs and festivals around the country, and internationally, from Kuala Lumpur to Edinburgh. In 2010, she rediscovered the beauty of Brazilian music that first captured her imagination as a child. She packed up her guitar and spent three months in Rio de Janeiro, performing with, and learning from, local musicians - including bossa nova elders like Roberto Menescal and Mauricio Einhorn. She also deepened her understanding of classical Brazilian music styles, exploring the roots of bossa and learning about samba and choro (originally an instrumental form of music that preceded samba). Her journey of musical discovery in Brazil led to the development of a touring show, an ABC radio documentary and two albums. Anna (with five-piece band) has had a long-standing residency at Sydney's Foundry616, with her show 'Gorgeous Songs from Brazil & Beyond'.
“Unaffected, warm-hearted” – Sydney Morning Herald
“An outstanding artist” – Jazz Scene