Multi GRAMMY®-winning pianist/singer/composer/ producer Eliane Elias is known for her distinctive and immediately recognizable musical style which blends her Brazilian roots and sensuous, alluring voice with her virtuosic instrumental jazz, classical and compositional skills.
Two years after seducing fans with her GRAMMY®-winning Made in Brazil (Best Latin Jazz Album), Elias returns with the ebullient Dance of Time, which won a Latin GRAMMY® for Best Latin Jazz Album of the Year after receiving two Latin Grammy nominations (Best Latin Jazz album and Best Engineered album categories), and debuting at #1 on two Billboard’s Charts: Traditional Jazz Charts and World Music Albums Charts, and also at #1 on iTunes USA, Germany, France and Brazil and #1 Amazon.com Best Seller.
Dance of Time, like its predecessor, was recorded in Brazil. “Recording in Brazil was such a high,” explains Elias as to why she returned to the country. But thematically, Dance of Time is its own beautiful beast. Whereas Made in Brazil was a tantalizing toast to three generations of Brazilian composers, Dance of Time’s themes are multifold.
With the presence of extraordinary guests including pianist Amilton Godoy plus singer- songwriting guitarists João Bosco and Toquinho—from Brazil—along with trumpeter Randy Brecker, vibraphonist Mike Mainieri and singer Mark Kibble—from the United States, Dance of Time celebrates certain people who were integral in Elias’ early artistic journey in both Brazil and the U.S. “I wanted to include musicians who were very important in the start of my career,” Elias says. “Dance of Time represents the spectrum of my career from the very beginning until now.”
Dance of Time also applauds the samba, a genre originating from Bahia, via Africa. 2016 marked the 100th anniversary of the first samba ever recorded and registered. “Samba is the most authentic and contagious dance rhythm of Brazil, and there is no better place in the world to capture this music. I just had to be in Brazil to make Dance of Time.”
As a multi GRAMMY® winner , a nine time GRAMMY® nominee, four-time Gold Disc Award recipient and three-time winner of Best Vocal Album in Japan, Elias has taken her place in the pantheon of music giants. She has sold over 2.2 million albums to date and has been the #1 artist in sales and radio in France, with all of her recordings reaching the top five on the Billboard charts, the iTunes jazz radio charts and Amazon, to name only a few accolades.