Born in São Paulo, Brazil to a Chilean mother who loved opera and an Italian father who loved rock n’ roll, Amanda Ruzza developed an eclectic musical ear at an early age. She was introduced to her family’s different cultures and languages during her childhood, and soon became fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, and English. There were always records playing at her house and music is one more language that she learned to use to communicate across international cultural boundaries. Amanda started playing bass at the age of 12, and by age 13, she was already gigging regularly, performing Brazilian jazz, funk, and folkloric music in clubs, concerts and festival venues throughout her country. From 1999 to 2002 she worked with renowned Brazilian producers and arrangers, including Grammy Award-winner Moogie Canazio, Maestro Jobam and Sony Music Japan’s Osny Mello.
After performing in Brazil for nine years, Amanda spent two semesters at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. As the recipient of the highly competitive Latin American World Tour Scholarship, she studied bass performance and contemporary writing and production with Fernando Huergo, Anthony Vitti, and Bruce Gertz, among others. In 2003, Amanda began touring and recording with the all-girl country band, Mustang Sally, based in Nashville, Tennessee, the Country Music Capital of the World. With a rugged touring schedule of 262 days a year, she performed in 43 states and four countries. While in the band, she worked with country music producer Barry Beckett, recorded four albums, and played for US military bases overseas in Japan, South Korea, and within the US.
Currently, Amanda is studying Jazz Bass Performance and Liberal Arts at the New School University in New York City. She performs regularly in the Tri-State area, and continues to compose her original music.