"... Na baixa do sapateiro eu encontrei um dia
A morena mais frajola da Bahia..."
" Na baixa do sapateiro eu encontrei um dia
A morena mais frajola da Bahia...."
JP Poupard was born in Paris, France in 1983 of a Brazilian mother and a French father. While still a baby, he moved with his family to Salvador, Bahia where he spent the first years of his life. At 6 he went to live in Medina, a small town in the state of Minas Gerais. A few years later JP moved back to the Northeast of Brazil, to Aracaju in the state of Sergipe. At 10, the family moved to Brasilia where he studied along with his sister at the French school Lycée Francois Mitterrand.
The family left Brazil in 1998 and immigrated to Canada, (Vancouver and Toronto). Shortly after finishing high school in 2001, but before moving to the US, JP completed one year of university studies in Paris at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris VI. In 2008, JP graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston. He has been working ever since at BP as a Subsea Operations Engineer. JP holds nationalities from three countries; France, Brazil, and the United States.
Early Musical Education:
JP Poupard has a classical musical background which is being developed since his childhood. At 10, while spending a semester with his grand parents in Poitiers, France, he learned to play his first musical instrument, the recorder (woodwind musical instrument of the group of fipple flutes or internal duct flutes). At 12, during a 1 year stay with his family in Vancouver, Canada, he was introduced to the saxophone, which he kept at his side at all times. After turning 14, he learned to play the guitar by himself (actually, with a little help from his big sister). And at 15 he started the deep technical and theoretical training of classical music, playing the acoustic bass as his instrument of choice.
JP participated in several performances with the Toronto Youth Orchestra, as well as smaller groups and string quartets. In 2000 he received a scholarship from Port Credit High School, Toronto to participate in a foreign music educational program in Austria, visiting Vienna’s University of Music and Performing Arts (Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien) where he trained and performed alongside the local orchestra.
Brazilian Music Education:
When JP is asked with whom he learned to play and sing Brazilian music, he answers, “with João Gilberto, of course!” This is because João Gilberto, considered as one of the creators of the Bossa Nova movement, was a fundamental influence in his development and his learning of Brazilian music. At 17, JP started listening and reproducing the sounds coming from the guitar and the voice of the master João Gilberto. He would spend hours in front of the computer trying to analyze the sound coming from the speakers. Maybe by pure chance, or because of the indisputable quality of this musical genre, the Bossa Nova was in fact the first musical style in JP’s repertoire of popular Brazilian music.
Other musical influences developed along the years; notably that of Caetano Veloso and Chico Buarque, as well as other artists considered classics of Brazilian music. In recent years JP has expanded his repertoire, adding more popular Brazilian musical styles.
From the classics of Tom Jobim and João Gilberto, to modern day popular hits such as “Ai se eu te pego”, the spectrum of musical genres is vast, and is always suited to the ambiance and the mood of the audience.