Ivy Lemos is a Brazilian-born singer, songwriter, teacher and researcher who has lived in the Netherlands since 2008.
Graduated in Latin Music from the Rotterdam Conservatory - Codarts, Ivy was born on September 13, 1979 in Castanhal-Pará, as an indigenous, African and Portuguese descendant, grew up in Belém, lived in São Paulo and currently lives in Rotterdam where she her work as a musician also works as a teacher, researcher and cultural producer. Her multiculturalism and her passion for the culture and world music are present in her extensive repertoire that combines different rhythms such as samba, bossa-nova, choro, carimbó, forró, capoeira and indigenous music with other rhythms such as Jazz, bolero, cha-cha-cha , and many others.
Ivy started her work in music in her teens as a singing teacher and conductor of children's choirs in Bairro da Marambaia - Belém do Pará – Brazil. In São Paulo she worked as a teacher at the British School of São Paulo and in the Netherlands she currently works at the music school Kunstinn in The Hague and Muziekonderwijs in Rotterdam. Ivy has participated in many projects with musicians of different nationalities, performed as a singer on various stages in Brazil, England, Germany and the Netherlands such as Casa do Choro in Rio de Janeiro, De Doelen in Rotterdam, Jazz Café Dizzy in Rotterdam, Bird in Rotterdam , De Badcuyp, Club Lite and Bimhuis in Amsterdam, Café De Kroon in Nijmegen, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, Breda Jazz, Guanabara and Barrio Shoreditch in London. As a composer she won the Samba enredo competition in London in 2017 and in 2016 she won the Notting Hill Carnival with the London School of Samba with her samba enredo “Sambafari”.
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