The multi-instrumentalist, arranger and composer has worked with the likes of Alaide Costa, Nana Caymmi, Filo Machado, Nelson Ayres, Arismar do Espirito Santo, Elton Medeiros, Mozar Terra, Eduardo Gudin, Luis Carlos Borges, Nico Assumpçao, Guilherme Vergueiro, Bocato, Michel Freidenson, Edson Alves, Hermeto Pascoal, Joyce, Arrigo Barnabe, Itibere Zwarg, Cauby Peixoto, and others, at recording sessions and shows.
Her debut album, “Ninhal” (1997) is still very well received by the public and critics. Some of the songs, specially “Vatapa” have already been recorded in Japan, German, Italy, USA and by various artists in Brazil.
Fully recognized as an outstanding composer, some of her pieces are now being played by flutists in concerts in Europe and USA.
In Sept ’98 she played at Miami University and the Blue Note in NY, with Teco Cardoso, and recorded her second album – “Quinteto”, released in ’99.
In 2001, Freire founded Maritaca | www.maritaca.art.br, her own record label, releasing and producing more than forty CDs featuring the very best of Brazilian Instrumental Music.
The album “Cartas Brasileiras” (Brazilian Letters – 2007) received the enthusiastic acclaim of both the public and critics worldwide. With an invited symphony orchestra comprising 62 musicians, it is a colossal production of her Maritaca label.
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