In the beginning of 2022 two Brazilian musicians that had know each other for years found themselves in Dublin interested in starting a music project together. Gabriel Bellator (guitar & looper machine) and William Aranha (drums) started Oceanna in February this year with influences on Kokoroko, Puma Blue, FKJ, Alfa Mist, Yussef Kamaal and many others from the contemporary jazz and live looping scene, following the ambitions to conquer stage space in Dublin venues. Only a few weeks later joined Mateus Zanolla (bass), who brought years of music teaching, performing and general music experience and brazilian music influences to the band.
With a few demos and some cover songs in the setlist, the band was focusing on writing but always keeping an eye on oncoming events. With the release of the debut single “Noir”, Oceanna aims to enter Dublin’s humble jazz music scene and touch all generations with a new understanding and approach to the classic music style.