Karina Zeviani is a New York based Brazilian singer /songwriter whose sound blends the textures of brazilian traditions and the urban electric electronics. Karina grew up in Jaboticabal (country side of Sao Paulo), Brazil. When she was 15 she left her hometown to work as a model in Sao Paulo, and later France, Switerland and Germany.
Her travels have allowed her to record and perform with talented musicians around the world. Karina has developed a very unique style, not only in the way she expresses her voice, but also in her compositions.
Her music mixes traditional Brazilian folk Music (forro, maracatu, samba, etc.), bits of pop, high energy breakbeats with emotionally charged lyrical song-writing.
Since her arrival in New York, Karina has performed at the UN opening for Gilberto Gil, Joe's Pub, Nublu, Crash Mashion, Latin Funk Festival, Tonic and other venues. In addition to her solo project, Karina has performed with "Forro in the Dark" (featured in the New York Times and on TV Globo) and recently In April of 2005 she was invited by Thievery Corporation for a three months world tour in wich she had the amazing experience of performing in all those European summer festivals.
Her singing career began in 1996 in Hamburg, Germany where Karina was modeling. After having discovered her passion for singing, in 1998 she moved back to Brazil, and established herself in Rio de Janeiro. There she performed with a number of bands, and being inspired by the amazing city and traditions of Rio, she began her solo project. In 2000 she recorded her first demo CD already featuring some of her original work. This cd was sponsored by Zipnet, a Brazilian multi-media company.
In 2002 Karina moved to London. There she also continued studying music, and first got in touch with electronic sequencing, later becoming more aquainted with electronica, and finally incorporating elements of these new media into her music. In Europe, pre-production on her EP began. Early in 2003 Karina Zeviani moved to NYC where she quickly teamed up with local musicians to form a band. Her live band features Yayo Serka on Drums, Ben Zwerin on Bass, Fred Rubens on samplers and Keyboards Guilherme Monteiro on Guitar, Clark Gayton on Trombone.