The singer-songwriter Rosa Morena Russa makes zeitgeisty music. She risks playing a brave musical blend of Eastern Europe and Brazil, invents a new music style “bossa russa nova” and manages to create a “genius combination of romantic Russian melodies with samba and bossa nova rhythms“– LANDESZEITUNG.
Rosa was born in a Russian family of classical musicians, deeply rooted in the Jewish musical tradition. She grew up in Ukraine and Germany. As a child she was already touring in Europe and performing on stage, as a grownup she went to live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. There she played together with some famous musicians, breathing samba and choro music, trying to learn about this fascinating music tradition as much as she could.
These multicultural music experiences lead to her debut album in 2013: “Está ficando Russo” (DaCasa Records/Galileo MC), which has won critical acclaim in Germany and Russia. JAZZTHETIK magazine describes her songs as “little masterpieces…. with the art of catchiness, which usually honors the classics…” and MAGDEBURGER STADTMAGAZIN describes it as a “perfect multicultural mixture”.
The album “Trick-Trague” was recorded in Rio, Hamburg and Berlin and released in April 2019 (DaCasa Records/Galileo MC). “It is not only a blend of different musical styles but also a clash of clichéd mentalities” – “DIE WELT”. The album contains “successful compositions with great jazz improvisations” “FOLKER”, among them “wonderful ballads…provoking intensive emotions” “MUSIK AN SICH”. Remarkable are also two songs sung in Yiddish: a bossa arrangement of a Jewish-Moldavian folk song and a fusion of candomblé hymn to a water orixa with a Jewish spiritual about prophet Jonah. The album has aroused interest among European and Brazilian audience and was broadcastet in Germany and Brazil as well.
In concert, Rosa and her international band (DE/UA/BRAZIL/CUBA/US) offer an excellent show full of improvisation and musical depth.