DJ Christine Moritz
815 V St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001
"Their music incorporates bits of reggae, electronica, jazz, bossa nova, and you name it, and despite their name, no one in the band is Brazilian. The sexy/quirky/mysterious Brazilian Girls are three men -- Didi Gutman on keyboards and computers, Jesse Murphy on bass, and Aaron Johnston on drums -- and one woman, Sabina Sciubba, the vocalist who often enjoys wearing lacy eye masks on-stage and sings in no less than five different languages. Sciubba was born in Rome but grew up in Nice and Munich before settling in Brooklyn, NY. She first came to record buyers' attention when she recorded two jazz albums -- You Don't Know What Love Is with pianist Chris Anderson and Meet Me in London with guitarist Antonio Forcione -- for the English audiophile label Naim. She described her meeting with the men of Brazilian Girls as "love at first sight and it moved as fast as the Autobahn." Falling into the new, playful downtown scene that was revolving around the Nublu club helped speed the band's success. Like-minded bands like Wax Poetic and the Nublu Orchestra had made the club the hip spot in 2004 for adventurous pop fans and Brazilian Girls' free-form, bouncy kind of jamming fit right in. Soon they had the Saturday night slot at Nublu, and the East Village press had fallen in love with them. Murphy and Johnston made appearances on John Zorn's 2003 album Voices in the Wilderness and every Brazilian Girl contributed to Wax Poetic's sophomore release, the Nublu Sessions, the same year. The Verve Company became interested in the band around this time, thinking they were perfect for the more pop and progressive imprint Verve Forecast. In 2004, the label released the Lazy Lover EP, which included the title track -- a chillout room favorite -- in its original form and in a remix by the quirky house producer Herbert. The group's self-titled, full-length debut hit the streets in early 2005. Plenty of touring followed and the band grabbed some new fans from the jam band world when they performed at the Disco Biscuits' annual Camp Bisco festival. In 2006, they returned with their sophomore release, Talk to La Bomb. New York City, which was co-produced by Hector Castillo and featured appearances by Baaba Maal and Kenny Wollesen & the Himalayas, arrived two years later." - David Jeffreys, AllMusicGuide
DJ Christine Moritz
Since making her club debut at the Buzz event at Nation in 2001, Christine Moritz has been intriguing clubgoers in Washington, D.C. and beyond with her sound, which ranges from haunting, cinematic downtempo to upbeat, funk-influenced tunes.
Her November 2002 warm-up set for Thievery Corporation at the 9:30 Club caught the ear of Thievery's Eric Hilton, leading to a highly coveted residency at Eighteenth Street Lounge. In January 2009 she reprised this role, doing DJ sets before all five of Thievery Corporation's sold-out shows at the 9:30 Club.
In addition to DJing regularly at Eighteenth Street Lounge, Christine DJs frequently at the 9:30 Club, D.C.'s preeminent venue for live bands, where she has played both in the DJ booth and on the stage.
Christine has played with such artists as Zero 7, Massive Attack, UNKLE, Koop, Little Dragon, Jazzanova, Rainer Trüby, Kraak & Smaak, Daz-I-Kue, Underworld, the Orb, Gotan Project, Groove Armada, Four Tet, Bajofondo (formerly Bajofondo Tango Club), Belleruche, and King Britt. In August 2006, she performed at the UK's highly regarded Big Chill Festival, a three-day outdoor event with 30,000 attendees. In March 2007, she DJ'd in Bristol, England at the invitation of Massive Attack's Robert Del Naja. Christine has also graced the decks in London, Edinburgh, Prague, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Baltimore as well as at numerous D.C.-area venues.
A seasoned radio DJ, Christine is the host of the acclaimed show "Variety Is the Spice of Life." Airing weekly from 1998 to 2006 on the University of Maryland's WMUC (88.1 FM and online), its strong, diverse selection and informed commentary drew a devoted base of listeners and made it the station's most-downloaded program. Starting in January 2006, the show moved to the varietyisthespice.com website and was also mirrored on the noted downtempo site Properly Chilled. From mid-2007 to mid-2008, "Variety Is the Spice of Life" aired on the UK-based Purple Radio online station. In February 2008, "Variety Is the Spice of Life" returned to WMUC.
Christine has been featured in such publications as the Washington Post and the Washington City Paper (see this website's press section), and was nominated for a Wammie (Washington Area Music Association Award) in the Electronica DJ category in 2003 and 2005.
Also a talented music journalist, Christine has written for the downtempo magazine RE:UP, the Ubiquity Records website, and the now-defunct D.C.-based dance music magazine Innerloop. For selected articles, check out this website's music journalism section.
ith her sound, which ranges from haunting, cinematic downtempo to upbeat, funk-influenced tunes.
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