Singer, guitarist and composer Denise Reis was born in Belo Horizonte, the capitol of the state of Minas Gerais (the second largest state by population, and the fourth largest by area) in southeastern Brazil.
She began studying guitar at age 10 and attended Julia Pardini’s Choral Association. Four years later, she was invited to take part in a European tour in 1986. As her musical career progressed, she found widespread acceptance and support from the Brazilian people and media. This success was due in part to Denise’s remarkable ability to impeccably imitate the sound of the trumpet using only her lips and voice.
Her latest album, Alfândega, was launched in 2007 and features musical production by Denise herself, Marcelo Nami and acclaimed percussionist Marcos Suzano.
During the last few years, Denise has been invited to tour in various countries including Senegal, Ukraine, Venezuela, Portugal, and Israel, where she was invited to sing with World Renowned composer Yoni Rechter. In 2009 Denise was honored with an invitation to compose a song and perform for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in Albany, NY.
Denise amazes and delights audiences from around the world with her warmth, unique art and musicality. Her music, rich with emotion and Latin-American textures, speaks to the human ear and heart, allowing concertgoers and listeners to experience commonalities of human experience transcending all cultural barriers.