Featuring Nando Duarte, Ted Falcon, Fay Roberts and Clarice Cast.

Hailing from Rio de Janeiro, Kátia Moraes and Brazilian Hearts bring choro and samba to Descanso Gardens this summer. Moraes’s singing, as praised by the Los Angeles Times, “is a virtual definition of the passion that is an implicit part of Brazilian music.”


Moraes began performing in the 1980s, sharing the stage with the high-energy Brazilian band O Espirito da Coisa. Since then, she has worked with some of the foremost acts around the globe, including Sergio Mendes, Airto Moreira, Oscar Castro-Neves, Rita Lee, Elba Ramalho, Sandy and Junior, Banda Cheiro de Amor, George Duke, Alex Acuña and Justo Almario’s Tolú, Latin Project, and Praful.


In 1990, she moved to LA, where she began working as a voiceover artist in film and television. She also continued singing with the likes of Pure Samba, Feijoada Completa, Samba Society, Bloco Nove, Falso Baiano, The Rio Thing, Midnight Drums, Sol & Mar, Folk Ballet of Brasil, Badauê, Man and Machine, and many more. She is currently singing with Brazilian Hearts—Choro & Samba, Samba Society, and Viver Brasil Dance Company.

In 2011, Moraes created the annual musical entitled Brazilian Heart, a Celebration paying homage to inspiring Brazilian singer-songwriters.

She has released numerous albums, including Ten Feet and the Sun with Brasil Nuts band, Ginga, Navegar ao Sol, Live, Tribo with Sambaguru, and two EPs. In 2018 she released Mistureba.  Her work with the Pure Samba project was awarded the LA Treasure Award, granted in part by the California Traditional Music Society, a facility of the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department.

At Descanso Gardens, Kátia with be accompanied by Nando Duarte on 7-string guitar, Ted Falcon on mandolin and violin, Clarice Cast on percussion, and Fay Roberts on flute.


Here's Kátia Moraes performing “Noites Cariocas” with Ted Falcon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTos8zLqVQM