Livia Mattos

OneBeat 2017 Fellow

Accordion Player, Vocalist

Bahia, Brazil

Livia Mattos is a Bahia-based accordion player, songwriter and vocalist with an unorthodox and dramatic style of performance, having started her career as a circus performer. She has performed at international festivals in North and South America, Africa and Europe, and is set to release her first full-length album this year. Livia has shown a dedication to preserving traditional Brazilian culture, through her study and performance of Sao Joao celebration music and the creation of a short documentary film profiling notable performers in the Brazilian circus world. In addition to being a charismatic frontwoman, Livia has served as a guest accordionist for globally recognized groups, including Orquestra Sinfonica da Bahia and songwriter Chico César.