Sirius B


SIRIUS B have been forging the way on the upsurge of interest in Brazilian music for the last 5 years. Riding high on the new wave of contemporary Brazilian styles their music mixes samba and bossa nova with hard hitting dance floor beats. Their live shows have an appeal for everyone, with fiery carnival inspired world beats, cool lyrical jazz sensibilities and groovy contemporary dance floor arrangements -and leave people with such an appetite for those sunshine Brazilian vibes that some have flown to Brazil in search of that elusive beach party!

Sirius B was formed by Joe And Azhar in the spring of '98 as a consequence of jazzers and sambaistas joining forces with a common love of Brazilian music. A year later they were touring the continent with Sony Music D.J's Trip do Brasil and had released their 1st album Sem Fronteiras on 33 Records.

Things really took off with their explosive concert at London's Jazz Cafe for 'Brazilliance '99, hosted by D.J/percussionist Snowboy.They have since played in France, Switzerland, Spain, Costa Rica, Ireland and Brazil and their music has reached the airwaves of Japan, the US, Germany, Italy, Sirius and who knows where else?.

The 2nd album Posto Nove was released on Baseline records in 2000 and was voted one of Jazz f.M.'s top 10 fave's of 2001. They are now on the verge of releasing the 3rd album Ouro Batido - already out on PVine in Japan.

The latest exciting remixes are High 'n Dry by the Future World Funk posse and Snorre Seim; Sonhador on Mountain Records, and Influencia do Jazz by EMI D.J. Tatsuo Sunaga.

Keyboards: Joe(Ze)

Joe learned guitar at an early age in his home town of Liverpool. After learning every Beatles song he then proceeded to learn every song by Tom Jobim, approx. 600 total! He studied composition at the RNCM and jazz in the school of life. He was the house pianist at Manchester's Band on the Wall, playing alongside Martin France, Stan Tracy and Don Weller.
He went on to produce albums for major record labels, written film music, and played all over the World, before settling back in the U.K. to lend his formidable musicianship, composing, arranging and production skills to Sirius B.

Azhar Vocals 

Azhar has played music on every continent of the known world! She studied violin and voice at the RNCM, but gave up a career as a concert violinist to diversify into songwriting and singing after hearing Milton on 'Native Dancer' and Flora on 'Stories to tell', thus began her love affair with Brazilian music.
After several recording projects in London she moved to L.A. Playing live in all the clubs (in between cocktail waitressing in Mafia owned establishments) but just as she was about to sell her soul was whisked off back to England on Route 66. Then followed extensive tours of Europe which included television appearances alongside Rachid Taha and Jamiroquai. After relentless jam sessions on the continent with Brazilian musicians and serious expeditions to Brazil her mysterious affinity with it's music finally reached fruition and found a vessel in Sirius B.

Percussion: Felix Gibao.

Felix just returned from Brazil last year-his home for the last 12 years. He has played with the likes of Milton Nasciemento and Trio Mocoto and is still one of the judges of Carnaval in Sao Paulo.
Presently he's on a mission to teach the whole of Britian to samba by the next world cup! So far he's on course with his many workshops up and down the country in full carnaval regalia.

Flute/sax: Kevin Figes

Kevin is the the "hardest working man in show business".He studied flute and sax at the Guildhall, London. He's tall, dark andůmysterious and plays 4 gigs a day. Where? He used to lead the big band Ultrasound and is now a regular in the Keith Tippett big band as well as fronting Detour, his own jazz quintet. (When not playing he likes to watch horror films!)

Bass: Greg Cordez.

Greg came to the U.K. from New Zealand where he was studying bass at The Christchurch Jazz Academy. His studies have included going out on the town with the man Ron Carter in New York-several drinks later he ended up in some seedy Harlem club that consequently got raided by the N.Y.P.D. He keeps the band in check and plays bass like a surdo.