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It was only in 2008 that Telma had her debut as a singer, after having found her best expression in the poetry and rhythms inherent to Brazilian music. In her first album Recovenxo, she attempted to bring to those less familiar with Brazilian music a glimpse of what this musical universe offers. Her album is comprised of an eclectic mix of songs written mostly by Brazilian composers. The record was made at Estudios Soma in Rio de Janeiro and produced by Zeca Barros. Telma chose New York as the launching pad of her Reconvexo tour, which was directed by Grammy nominated Brazilian producer Victor Chicri.
Telma took private lessons with Yael Miller, an avant-garde revelation of creative singing. A native of El Salvador, the smallest country in the volcanic Pacific Coast of Central America, and having lived in Africa, Asia, New York and most of European capitals, Telma’s style blends the influences of her travels.
In 2013, Telma recorded in Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro, a “samba-cancao” of Lupicino Rodriguez, under the direction of Domenico Lancellotti, and members of the band that accompanied Adriana Calcanhotto. In 2014, Telma teamed up with the guitarist David Cordeiro to put the show in New York City, “A Vida do Artista”, a collection of classics of MPB. It included compositions mainly from Chico Buarque, and some by Milton Nascimento and Roberto Carlos. The musical selection took the stage to bring to the audience a representation of what can be the journey in the life of an artist.
Again, under the direction of David Cordeiro, this time Telma is performing for the first time Spanish boleros, a collection of classic pieces from famous composers from Mexico, Venezuela, Cuba, Panama, Colombia, as well as from Brazil.