Biography

Behia was born in Paris in the 60’s, at a time when jazz clubs were part of the Parisian night- time landscape.
Thanks to her father, a passionate jazz lover, Behia was very early immersed in the universe of the greatest vocalists of the 30’s and 40’s.
She decided to study languages and specialized in linguistic sciences and after travelling all over the world, she graduated as a trilingual interpreter to later become a teacher.
Her travels made her realize that she was in fact more fascinated by the musicality of words than by teaching languages.
The pureness of Sarah Vaughan’s voice and the accomplished technique of Ella Fitzgerald impressed her greatly but Billie Holiday‘s deep sensibility and her so peculiar intonations in her singing will definitely influence Behia and her jazz repertoire. She travelled to Brazil and settled there a couple of years to discover the masters of the Brazilian Bossa- Nova: Vinicius de Moraes, Joao Gilberto and Antonio Carlos Jobim.
She was at once hit by those melodies that convey nostalgia and a great deal of emotion in a naturally musical language.

She’s brought to her repertoire a perfectly mastered Brazilian tone thanks to her skill to integrate the languages and cultures of the world.
The originality of Behia’s repertoire does not only stand in this melodious combination of both Jazz and Brazilian standards, but it also consists in the skill with which Behia makes her audience travel when she performs all the themes in their original languages.
Behia has appeared in all the jazz scenes of the south of France such as Le Carrefour des Etoiles à Cannes, le XI ème Festival de Jazz d’Orange, Pour l’Amour du Jazz à Mougins,JAS ROD, Jazz Festival in Marseille, Les Rencontres de jazz de La Gaude, CEDAC de CIMIEZ, The CANNES Jazz Festival « Jazz à Domergue » “Jazz Festival in Brignoles”, Festival de Jazz dans les Vignes, Jazz à Serres, Jazz Festival in Saint Raphael, but she has also performed in New York in the mythical Birdland ; The International Jazz In Carthage , Tunisia...


 

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