Born in the “cidade maravilhosa” that is Rio de Janeiro, Rosi Bergeron immersed herself throughout her childhood in music and dance at her neighborhood samba school – frequently visiting and practicing, as well, with the venerable escolas de samba Portela and Vila Isabel. Her father, a saxophonist who regularly played at block parties during Carnaval, instilled in her a love of traditional Brazilian music – especially samba, choro, and marchinha – from a young age.
As an adult, Rosi studied voice with Suely Mesquita & Sonia Joppert, and continued to feed her passion for Brazilian music, absorbing the influences of the hundreds of Brazilian musicians who constantly leave their mark on Rio’s unique and varied music scene. Her major influences include Elis Regina, Tom Jobim, Gal Costa, Paulinho da Viola, Gilberto Gil, Chico Buarque, Marisa Monte, and Maria Rita.
Since coming to the US in 2009, Rosi has established herself as a dynamic interpreter of bossa nova, samba, choro, and música popular brasileira (MPB). As as singer, she strives to physically connect with the emotional resonance of a song’s lyric and melody, and to reach listeners on an intuitive level through her embodiment of those emotions.
In addition to her work as a singer, Rosi owns a thriving counseling practice, which focuses on helping her patients understand and experience the connections between body, mind, and emotion – and to bring them into a healthy balance. She also treats children with autism and their families, at the Autism Treatment Center of Bend, of which she is the Director.
In her free time, Rosi loves to hang out on the sun-drenched beaches of her beloved Brazil, and by the lakes and rivers of Central Oregon.
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