Singer and musician Almut "Aida" Brandes-Hargrove writes, arranges and produces music. Aida is self taught and draws from a diverse pool of music with its main roots in jazz, hip hop and rnb, while also being informed by different influences from pop, classical and world music genres.
Her original songs and productions have been finalists and winners in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, as well as the Great American Song Contest. Other official selections include the Long Island International Film Expo, Golden Door International Film Festival, Lady Filmmakers Festival.
Her Big Band arrangements have been featured by the Roy Hargrove Big Band and Slide Hampton.
Aida is the widow of the late, great Roy Hargrove and the president of Roy Hargrove Legacy, a company she founded with his daughter Kamala Hargrove to extend his legacy and celebrate his contributions to jazz and beyond.
After a three year hiatus Aida has started resuming her work as an artist. She recently arranged two of her original compositions for the Carol Sudhalter Astoria Big Band. She currently performs weekly at Hermana Juana, sponsored by Keyedup/Jazz generation.