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Award–winning Brazilian singer-songwriter Tulipa Ruiz returns to NYC to launch her new album TU, produced and recorded in Brooklyn in 2017. In this new release, Tulipa — whose “powerful stage presence” gives her “all the markings of the next major Brazilian celebrity” (The Guardian) — is accompanied by her brother, producer Gustavo Ruiz. The intimate performance offers the chance to witness Tulipa’s multifaceted talent as a composer, singer, and performer in person.
After winning a Latin Grammy award with Dancê (2015), the singer is exploring new creative sounds with TU, co-produced by Stéphane San Juan (Amadou & Mariam, Vanessa da Mata) and featuring guests such as Adan Jodorowsky (son of the acclaimed filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky) and sought–after percussionist Mauro Refosco (of the Red Hot Chili Peppers). The result is nothing less than a cosmopolitan acoustic delight.
Singer-songwriter and illustrator Tulipa Ruiz was born in Santos (São Paulo, Brazil) and raised in São Lourenço (Minas Gerais, Brazil). Tulipa is the daughter of a journalist father and musician/actress mother. Her albums, all award–winning, were produced by her brother and partner Gustavo Ruiz, an acclaimed musician and producer who will soon debut his own original work.
Among many distinctions, Tulipa’s first album, Efêmera (2010), was considered album and song of the year by Rolling Stone Brasil; Tudo Tanto (2012) was selected album of the year by Canal Multishow; and Dancê (2015) won the Latin Grammy for Best Brazilian Pop Album. Her most recent album, the acoustic TU (2018), which was co-produced by Gustavo Ruiz and the Franco-Yankee-Carioca percussionist Stéphane San Juan, was recorded in New York at the studio of Scotty Hardy and included the Franco-Mexican singer Adan Jodorowsky (son of the celebrated filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky) and the Brazilian percussionist Mauro Refosco (Forro in the Dark, Red Hot Chili Peppers, David Byrne) among other guest musicians.
As if planned, each of Tulipa’s albums had a characteristic genesis. Efêmera marked Tulipa’s first efforts as a composer and resulted on her first tour, while Tudo Tanto was developed in a studio after many rehearsals. Dancê was premeditated, as a dance record should be. During its creative process, the two siblings spent time on a beach creating the themes that were later developed by the band in a retreat without cell phones. The work achieved its final form during the recording sessions in an art studio in the center of São Paulo, and in which they received illustrious visits and guest participants such as father and son duo Felipe and Manoel Cordeiro, the legendary guitarist Lanny Gordin, and João Donato, who played and sang “Tafetá”, a tribute to him by the Ruiz siblings.
Contrary to appearances, the album TU is not a refreshment, a break for celebration, an oasis — an island? — or a hiatus in Tulipa‘s career. In addition to the obvious implications of the title, ranging from an abbreviation of the singer’s name to the fact of dividing her career with her brother (TWO) or dedicating the disc to the listener (“tu” means you, in Portuguese), the fourth album was almost “imposed” by the drummer and producer San Juan.
Born in France, Stéphane San Juan has been involved in all of Tulipa‘s albums. He joined the siblings’ first international travels, which garnered solid praise by publications like The Guardian, and paved the way for future tours with the full band. They ended up creating a language of their own, which has always deserved to be presented in an album. When Stéphane moved to the United States, he wasted no time or opportunity to co-produce and bring his friends Hardy and Refosco for TU.
In these almost ten years on the road, Tulipa, Gustavo, and their band Pipoco da Galáxia (with Gabriel “Bubu” Mayall on bass, Samuel Fraga on drums, and sound operated by Vitor Paranhos, light by Marcos Franja, and technical support by William Souza) have traveled throughout Brazil and across Latin America (from Mexico to Argentina); played in Asia, North America, and Europe several times; participated in numerous festivals including Psicodália, Rock in Rio, RecBeat, Montreux, and Abril pro Rock; and had songs included in movies, novels, and even in the FIFA 2011 game (“Efêmera”). Tulipa, who is also an illustrator for the newspaper Le Monde Diplomatique, usually participates in concerts and albums of her colleagues, such as Liniker, or her father’s legendary band Isca. She is always sharing the stage with artists of different ages and musical genres, from Céu and Criolo, to João Donato and Marcos Valle. Tulipa recently created the illustrations for the book Carlos Viaja, written by the VJ and singer China while composing a song for Elza Soares, which ended up been the single of her next album, Deus é Mulher.