Formed in 2015 by classically trained guitarist Paulo Vinícius from Brazil and UK based vocalist Tanya Wells, Seven Eyes compose songs that bring together their diverse musical influences (which include Folk, Jazz, Brazilian, Hindustani classical music) with an aim to explore a confluence of cultures and languages.
Their debut album, The Seed has been enthusiastically received by live audiences during their 2017 tour in the UK, across Europe, North America and Brazil.
The band’s sound is best described as ‘a gentle weave of traditions’ – Creative India Magazine.
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 singing and pronunciation of Hindi and Urdu makes her unique among western performers.
Composer and classical guitarist
Paulo began to play guitar at the age of six and has won several awards in Brazil and Europe. During his master 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 with his instrument, reaching beyond his grounding in classical repertoire whilst composing and performing as Seven Eyes. His guitar can be heard in diverse ways, played percussively, for instance, introducing Brazilian rhythms, surprising and delighting audiences with a versatility of sounds.
He has recently performed with Seven Eyes for BBC World, BBC Urdu, BBC Asian Network, the UN in New York and The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon.