Brazilian pianist, vocalist, composer and voice actress Catina DeLuna has enjoyed a successful and varied musical career since beginning to play the piano and sing at a young age. After completing a B.A. in Brazilian Popular Music at the prestigious UNICAMP University in São Paulo, she founded two award winning groups: the vocal group Arirê, in which she was responsible for arranging, playing piano, and singing, and the group Serenata Brasileira, playing classic Brazilian songs from the 1920’s and 30’s, in full authentic costume and style. Catina currently has two independent released CDs available, Na Era de Ouro, from Serenata Brasileira, and Brazilian Accent, her solo debut featuring classic Bossa Nova standards.
Additionally, Catina has been a guest artist in Japan, Singapore and the United States, as well as recording many commercial jingles/voice-overs for national radio and television in Brazil. Since her move to the United States, Catina served as visiting scholar at Uof I at Urbana-Champaign, and obtained her M.M.A. at Northern Illinois University where she was awarded a grant from the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies to carry out research on maracatu in Brazil during the summer of 2008.