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.
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