Brazilian vocalist Vanessa Falabella has a repertoire as great as her charm and charisma, singing everything from
traditional samba and bossa nova, to jazz, MPB (Brazilian popular music), soul, and R&B. She has performed at New
York’s top venues including SOB’s, Town Hall, The Supper Club, Cafe Wha, Joe’s Pub, and Zinc Bar. She has performed and recorded with Marcus Viana, Cyro Baptista, The Rain Forest Band, César Camargo Mariano, Sadao Watanabe, Gato Barbieri, Hiram Bullock, among others. She opened for Bob Dylan’s Brazilian Tour, performed at the Taste of Jazz Festival in Miami, and has traveled the world as a featured performer. In Brazil, she has recorded soundtracks for some of the famous Brazilian television “novelas” as well as commercials including a Brazilian presidential campaign. About Vanessa She was born in the state of Minas Gerais (which has produced many Brazilian musical legends including Milton Nascimento), into a family of actors, writers and painters, Vanessa started as a child, acting in commercials, doing voiceovers and jingles for radio and TV, while listening to
MPB, bossa nova, samba, jazz, funk and soul. “There were so many influences and music around me and I wanted to learn everyone’s sound.” After graduating from school, she came to New York to study voice and English, and soon began to do studio and club work. This led her to a number of recordings with artists such as Gato Barbieri, Philippe Saisse, Sadao Watanabe, Cyro Baptista, Jason Miles, Will Lee, Eumir Deodato, Rick Braun, as well as an EMI group project called Criara, with the great film score producers Frank Ferrucci and Scott Lehrer. Her 1995 debut with The Rain Forest Band brought gave her the opportunity to compose jointly with two great Brazilian musicians, Magrus and Claudio Spiewak in Miami, which was recorded on CD and released independently. She also wrote
tunes with Rob Bargad, Ragh, Luca Mundaca, Zooga Mallaga, Tony Cedras, Frank Ferrucci and other songwriters. Returning to New York in 1997, she started blending all her musical influences, both Brazilian and American grooves, singing in Portuguese, English and Spanish. While in New York, Vanessa developed both a Brazilian-Latin
and American following. Her Brazil Nights at Cafe Wha attracted a large audience, playing to packed houses every
Monday in Greenwich Village for over 3 years. Today, based in Brazil, Vanessa has released a couple of
project with Sony BMG, called Vibe, produced by Marcelo Lima and Guillermo Moane, the latest one being a tribute to
Cartola, produced by Marcelo Rocha.
2011 MAC Nominee Best Male Debut
"There are no words to describe how scrumptious to see a newcomer in the arena of vocal artistry take on so ambitious a project as making hot Brazilian chestnuts into firecrackers that sizzle, but Cornelius Bates has done exactly that with his show, which returns to Met Room, 34 West 22nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, on Sunday the 19th at 9:30...He is as commanding and masterful in Portuguese as in English, whether with 'Fotografia' by Jobim and Gilbert or Horace Silver's 'Song for my Father,' and his musicians couldn't be more top-notch...This
show is, above all else, a brilliant escape from the common-day woes of life and should be savored as such." — Andrew Martin, WPAT 930 AM Radio "...the results are smashing. [Songs] range from infectious to downright irresistible...Bates does an adorable little jig...spiritlifting performance...he knows how to take a thoroughly familiar
song and make it fresh." — Roy Sander (read the entire review at BistroAwards.com) "The outstanding solo debut of Cornelius Bates...was unforgettable...The variety of his talents was extraordinarily impressive, and they only increased before his act was over...Bates has a great voice for the music of romance." — Gloria Taplin (read the entire review at CabaretScenes.org)
Cornelius Bates is an artist for our times and an artist for all times. Born in Memphis, Tennessee and educated at Howard University in Washington, DC, Cornelius now calls New York City home. From his travels to Africa, Brazil, Europe, and all over America, he has laced together a feeling in his vocal presentation that draws upon the soulfulness of many cultural influences and connects with the heart of his audiences across a wide spectrum.
Cornelius? musical influences include Nat King Cole, Johnny Hartmann, Al Jarreau, and Tony Bennett, as well as the Brazilian sounds of bossa nova and samba. Bates has performed at the Blue Note as part of the “The Late Night Groove Series” and appeared as a guest vocalist at the Kennedy Center with the internationally acclaimed dance company Step Afrika! Cornelius has been a featured vocalist with the Nanny Assis Group at Sounds of Brazil and with the Marcos Vigio Trio around New York City. Cornelius was a finalist in the MetroStars Talent Challenge and debuted his exciting new show “ My Brazilian Romance a Tribute to the Music of Brazil” to glowing reviews and for his
efforts was nominated for a MAC award for best Male Debut. Theatrically Cornelius has done a range of stage productions from musicals to the works of Shakespeare. He made his television debut in the miniseries “ Shake, Rattle, and Roll “ starring film icon the James Coburn. Cornelius has recorded national and regional voiceovers and appeared in national ads as a print model.