Primary Instrument: Vocalist
At the age of seven, Bebel made an appearance on her Mother's first solo album 'Miucha'. At age nine, Bebel performed with her mother and legendary Jazz saxophonist Stan Getz at a Jazz festival in New York's Carnegie Hall . Back in Brazil Bebel performed and recorded in the soundtrack of the children's musical 'Os Saltimbancos' written by Sergio Bardotti and Chico Buarque which created a major impact. Later on Bebel joined an experimental theatrical group and was a member of the founding team of the performance space 'Circo Voador' (Flying Circus) at Ipanema Beach. In this group she met singer/songwriter Cazuza, who became a close friend and soon a major rock star in Brazil during the '80s.
At this time Bebel started to write songs with collaborators such as Dé and Cazuza, co-writting 'Preciso Dizer Que Te Amo', which became a national hit winning several music awards. Bebel's first solo album was the 1986 EP Bebel Gilberto for Warner Music. In 1991 Bebel moved to New York where she performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in a special tribute to Brazilian star Carmen Miranda directed by Arto Lindsay also featuring Naná Vasconcelos and Laurie Anderson. Bebel soon started performing in NY with her own band in such downtown clubs such as The Metronome, Lion's Den, Zanzibar and venues such as The Ballroom, The Rainbow Room, SOB's, Town Hall Theater, The Greatest Bar On Earth (at the top of the World Trade Center) and Lincoln Center.
Throughout the 1990s, Bebel collaborated with a variety of musical stars such as Arto Lindsay, Thievery Corporation, David Byrne, Towa Tei, Caetano Veloso and Chico Buarque. In 1996 Bebel was featured in the AIDS charity project Red Hot + Rio, produced by her close friend and collaborator Béco Dranoff in the company of such acts as Everything But The Girl, Maxwell, George Michael and more. By the mid 90's, Bebel also had successes as songwriter with the international dance hits Technova and Batucada in collaboration with producers Towa Tei and Arto Lindsay.
Bebel was also featured in the soundtrack of Brad Anderson's film 'Next Stop Wonderland' with Vinicius Cantuária and Mauro Refosco. In the late 1990s Bebel moved to London and where she began to develop the sound featured on her critically acclaimed debut album 'Tanto Tempo'. During this period, she met Suba, the multi-talented Serbian producer living in São Paulo who ended up writing and producing several tracks on 'Tanto Tempo'. While in London, she also worked with DJ/producer Amon Tobin, Dutch duo Arling & Cameron and singer Nina Miranda.
In 2000, Bebel's 'Tanto Tempo' album was released on the Ziriguiboom imprint Crammed Discs and has sold over one million copies worldwide. The album was also nominated for two Latin Grammy awards. Her second album, 'Bebel Gilberto' (2004), was also released to great critical acclaim, receiving a MOBO Award in the UK and also a World Music Grammy nomination.
Two critically acclaimed remix albums with songs from both albums were released and many of her songs were included in compilations and feature and TV films. The song Lonely was featured in the FX television show Nip/Tuck. The songs Samba de Benção, Tanto Tempo, and Mais Feliz are used in the art exhibition scene in the 2004 movie Closer. Bebel also tours the world extensively bringing her music to audiences all over the world
In 2006, Bebel dueted with Mike Patton on the song Caipirinha which appears on his Peeping Tom album, released on May 30, 2006.
Also in 2006, Bebel started writing and producing the songs that would become part of her third album Momento, released in April of 2007. On this album, Bebel collaborated with UK producer Guy Sigsworth, her friends Didi Gutman and Sabina Sciubba (from the NY based band Brazilian Girls) and the Rio based Orquestra Imperial.
Bebel is single and still resides in New York City where her band is based.