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 be 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 and was hailed by the Baltimore Weekly as a record to put on constant repeat. She followed the release with a mega fall tour. She then returned home to NY to begin performing with Taylor Mac helping to build his 24 Decade History of Popular Music which premiered at St. Ann's Warehouse in the fall of 2016 and has since to the Melbourne Festival, San Francisco's Curran Theater, CAP UCLA Theater at the Ace Hotel and The Kennedy Center and more to come.
Meanwhile, Viva has written and recorded a new rock and roll record called Living Well is the Best Revenge to be released fall 2018 along with a 12 episode podcast explaining the stories behind the characters of the songs on the record. The record asks the question what is worse, political disillusionment or romantic? And answers with, "None, we must not allow ourselves to be disillusioned because: rock and roll" Be the first to listen to the answer - sign up for the mailing list & check back for shows coming soon!