Biography Josee Koning
Dutch singer Josee Koning has always had a passion for Brazilian music and is well known for her interpretation of the Música Popular Brasileira, not only in the Netherlands but also in Brazil. She started her career in the 1980's and had been working with a wonderful selection of Brazil's finest musicians since 1995.
Josee's latest album Bem Brasiliero for instance, was recorded in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo with the sublime musicians of Nosso Trio [Nelson Faria (guitar), Ney Conceição (bass) and Kiko Freitas (drums)] and participation of the great João Bosco.
O Trio also participated at her Dutch [!] album Verdronken Vlinder, a tribute to her late husband and great Dutch lyricist Lennaert Nijgh. With this album Josee succeeded in blending beautiful Dutch lyrics with sensitive Brazilian chords and rythms. The result is a delightful album, that proves that music is universal when it is performed by full-hearted super musicians.
Josee Koning's cooperation with Brazilian musicians started off in 1995 with her first solo-album Tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim. It was recorded in Los Angeles, and produced and arranged by the famous Brazilian Dori Caymmi who also worked with stars like Sarah Vaughan, Herbie Hancock and Elis Regina. In April 1996 Josee even shared the stage with Dori and his also famous musical family in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.
In October 1998 Dori Caymmi came to Holland to record Josee's second solo-album entitled Dois Mundos / Two Worlds. In addition he brought his friend, the famous Brazilian singer/composer Ivan Lins to sing some of his famous songs with Josee. The album was successfully released in the Netherlands and Brazil. In 2004 the track Coração Vagabundo was even used for the Brazilian telenovela Seus Olhos.
Ivan Lins has been participating in Josee's musical projects since. He had a leading role in Josee's third album Recorded in Rio, that was recorded in the famous Discover Studio in Rio de Janeiro. This album was arranged and produced by Uruguayan guitar virtuoso Leonardo Amuedo, and featured drummer Teo Lima and accordion wizard Sivuca.
Josee studied at the Amsterdam Conservatory and gained more in-depth knowledge of the Brazilian music and culture, studying in Rio de Janeiro. She teaches Brazilian music at the conservatories of Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
* Bem Brasileiro [Coast to Coast, 2007] nominated for Edison Award!!
* Verdronken Vlinder [Artist&Company, 2005]
* Recorded in Rio [Brigadoon Vocal|Sony Music, 2003]
* Dois Mundos [Challenge, 1999 â Holland; Seven Music, 2002 â Brazil]
* Josee Koning e Grupo, live at Nick Vollebregtâs café [1997 â Radio Netherlands]
* Tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim [Columbia, 1995]
* Live in Caprera [DVD 2007]
* Tudo Bem [Polydor, 1992]
* Terra do Sul [Timeless, 1987]
* Batida [Timeless, 1983]