The band Seven Eyes was formed in 2015 by classically trained guitarist Paulo Vinícius from Brazil and UK based vocalist, Tanya Wells who specialises in folk, jazz and Hindustani classical vocal techniques.
Seven Eyes compose songs that bring together their diverse musical influences with an aim to creatively explore a confluence of cultures and languages.
Their debut album, The Seed has been enthusiastically received by live audiences in the UK, Europe, North America and Brazil. The band’s sound is best described as ‘a gentle weave of traditions’ – Creative India Magazine.
Seven Eyes were recently invited to perform at the United Nations in New York for International Yoga Day of which can be viewed on this LINK.
Tanya has performed alongside world renowned artists like Natacha Atlas, Anoushka Shankar, Joss Stone and Nitin Sawhney. She has travelled extensively performing her own material at intimate gigs for Sofar Sounds and held a popular residency at the The Troubadour in London.
Tanya shot to popularity when Gulon Mein Rang Bhare, an Urdu song she covered and uploaded onto her Facebook page, attracted over 1Million hits in just a few weeks. She attracted fans from around the world, particularly from the Indian subcontinent where her accurate singing and pronunciation of Hindi and Urdu makes her unique among western performers. Tanya has been nominated by International Human Rights Commission of Pakistan to be a Peace Ambassador of the Arts (2016).
Composer and classical guitarist
Paulo began to play guitar at the age of six and has won several awards in Europe and Brazil.
During his masters studies in music performance in Europe he was selected to be part of the ‘Live Music Now’ series in Munich, Germany founded by the legendary violinist Yehudi Menuhin.
Paulo challenges himself and his instrument, reaching far beyond his grounding in classical repertoire, exploring his composition skills with Seven Eyes. He has recently performed for BBC World and BBC Urdu, at the UN in New York and The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Paulo can be heard using his instrument in diverse ways, playing it percussively, introducing Brazilian rhythms, surprising and delighting audiences with the versatility of sound made by his guitar.