Photo credit: ©Philippe Quevauviller
Born in Portugal, Amália Baraona grew up in Brazil and her music is a celebration of her upbringing and formative influences, in particular from Bossa Nova... Upon her return to Europe in the late 80s, Amália took an interest in jazz and realised how intertwined jazz and Bossa are, how much they "flirt" with each other... That realisation led her to attend various workshops with jazz singers Paula Oliveira (Portugal), Anca Parghel (Romania), Maria Pia De Vito (Italy) and Deborah J. Carter (USA).
Amália began her musical career in Brussels in the 90s, but it was in the Balkans, namely in Albania where she lived for 6 years, that her musical life took off. In Tirana she worked extensively with Albanian pianist Gent Rushi, and met the well known Italian jazz guitarist Guido Di Leone, who helped her produce her first album.
2010 was a turning point in Amália’s career. In March, having recently moved to Croatia, she met Dinko Stipaničev in Zagreb with whom she began a fruitful collaboration in music and in life. In May she released the album "Mulheres" (label Four Records), proposing a poetic digression on women through Brazilian popular music, accompanied by Bruno Montrone (piano), Dario Di Lecce (double bass), Fabio Delle Foglie (drums) and with the guests Francesco Lomangino (flute) and Guido Di Leone (guitar).
Later that same year, she started an extensive correspondence with the Brazilian guitarist, composer, and producer, Roberto Menescal, one of the icons of the Bossa Nova movement, which eventually led her to record a tribute to Menescal’s music in 2012. This second album, "Menescantando", released in November with the label Numérica, features a fine international band with Dinko Stipaničev on guitar and clarinet, and the Italian trio who accompanied Amália in “Mulheres”. Menescal himself even guests on two tracks.
2015 marks the launch of Amália's 3rd CD, "3 Mundus", her second release for the label Four Records. "3 Mundus" was inspired by three musical worlds connected by three guitarists, and it is indeed the sound of the guitar the protagonist of the entire album with Petrit Çeku, Toni Kitanovski, Dinko Stipaničev (the latter playing also double bass, percussion, cavaquinho and clarinet), beautifully complemented by the accordion of Gent Rushi, thus creating effectively the path for Amália's voice.
Her professional links with European institutions mean that she comes back regularly to Brussels. It was through a mutual friend, Gilles Boujo, that she crossed paths with Bossa Flor, with whom a collaboration was born with the Barros brothers (guitar, piano) and Philippe Quevauvilller (vocals) from 2016. Besides concerts in Brussels places, this materialized by her participation in two titles of the EP "Feminino" released and launched in concert in October 2019.