Viva plays guitar like a flaming sword, a screaming train, a ringing bell, and a scratching chicken. She sings like if Freddy Mercury had been a woman. She is influenced by diverse artists and styles including Jimi Hendrix, Dolly Parton, NYC, disco and jam band music, and has played everywhere from Bonnaroo with Cyro Baptista to Monterey Jazz Fest with Peter Apfelbaum. She has produced sell out music, burlesque and variety shows at The Slipper Room and Joe's Pub, and is one of the few females to have been featured in Guitar Player Magazine.
Viva moved to NYC in the 90's and began performing with legendary downtown Brazilian Percussionist Cyro Baptista's innovative funk theater/band Beat The Donkey. After ten years and hundreds of shows, Viva left Beat The Donkey to pursue her own music. In 2008, that music came to fruition in the form of "Electric Cabaret", a burlesque-fueled album, critically lauded for the front woman's stand-out guitar. Her second record “Rock & Roll Lover” (2010), charted on CMJ and she was hailed by Vintage Guitar Magazine as having written some of the best rock songs in a decade.
In 2011, Viva made her NYC theatrical debut as the musician in Taylor Mac's play WAAFME, which the NYTimes hailed as one of 2011's ten best.
Soon after, Viva's third album, "Rhinestones and Rust", was released in 2012 followed by a mega fall tour. She’s continued performances with Taylor Mac, culminating in the 2016 show A 24-Decade History of Popular Music 24-hour marathon bringing her guitar glory to “Rights of Women” and an 8am “Purple Rain” prom.
In between jaunts to Ireland to perform at Belfast, Viva's soon to debut an album that addresses the question what is worse, political disillusionment or romantic? Be the first to listen to the answer - sign up for the mailing list & check back for shows coming soon!