In her nearly 20-year career performing jazz and the popular music of Brazil in New York and the East Coast, Debora Watts has appeared on important stages such as the Jazz Forum Arts, the Brooklyn Museum and Flushing Town Hall, among others. Her long and deep experience interpreting this repertoire eventually led her to compose her own songs and, in 2017, Débora released her CD "Um Samba ao Contrário" (“Upside Down Samba”). The CD was recorded in the Bohemian neighborhood of Lapa in Rio de Janeiro and features some of the finest musicians in Brazil. “Um Samba ao Contrário” presents a sonographic picture of the artist’s love for Brazilian traditional music.
In her last trip to Brazil, Débora made important appearances on TV and radio, giving inspired live performances and interviews that warmed the hearts of her hosts. Débora chose the traditional Bar Semente for her successful CD release party which also produced a beautifully filmed video.
The Show “Um Samba ao Contrário”(all songs composed by Débora) re-imagines a Brazilian music past where there were fewer special effects and more beautiful songs. Her music is almost Parnassian: "art for the sake of art" but in this case “music for the sake of music”. Débora's show offers a sophisticated and intimate atmosphere to its listeners. She makes her public feel at home, inviting them to dance at times as she wraps them in the contagious rhythms of samba, maxixe, chorinho and gafieira. Her show is a refined and joyous celebration, steeped in respect for the past while projecting a positive view of her present.