Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, I started playing acoustic guitar (violao) at the age of 8 years old, influenced by my older brother who played the guitar and helped me with my first chords. I have also been influenced by the music of bossa-nova giants at the time such as Joao Gilberto, Tom Jobim, Carlos Lyra, Joao Donato, Marcus Valle and many more. Growing up in Rio in the 60’s and 70’s has contributed tremendously to the energy, groove and rhythms reflected in my music today.
Moving to New York in the 80’s has motivated me to, not only continuing playing the guitar, but to further enhance my knowledge of music and the guitar itself, hence I started to study with some of the jazz greats including Chuck Wayne, Sal Salvador, Alex Adrian, Hui Cox and Joe Carter. Since the beginning of the 90’s I have been travelling the world, playing with different bands and at various venues in many different countries in Europe, Africa and elsewhere.
Some of the names I have shared music with includes, Gil Goldstein, Mark Egan (Pat Metheny), Matt King (Chuck Loeb), Cidinho Teixeira, Claudia Villela, Adriano Santos, Helio Alves, Nilson Matta, Mauricio Zottarelli, Lonnie Plaxico, Duduka da Fonseca, Olivia Foschi, Lucila Novaes, Alex Sipiagin, Reza Khan, Greg Skaff and many others. I was also a member of the United Nations Jazz band for over 15 years and performed in various venues in New York City.
While living in The Netherlands from 2003 to 2009, I have played with some of the top local musicians there, including pianist Ferial Karamat and singer Arno Kolenbrander, in which I have arranged and recorded some of his music as well as participated in various radio programs in Amsterdam.
Together with other friend/musicians I founded the jazz/Brazilian/funk band named “Malandros”. I have been presenting my work in the US and Spain with great success at venues such as Club Bonafide (NY), Cornelia Street Cafe (NY), The Jazz Forum (NY), The Zinc Bar (NY), the Madrid International Jazz Festival (Madrid), Sala Clamores (Madrid), Sala Matisse (Valencia), Moe Jazz Club (Madrid), El Plaza Jazz Club (Madrid), Cafe Mercedes Jazz (Valencia), Sala Matisse (Valencia), La Fabrica de Hielo (Valencia), Veles e Vents (Valencia) and Jimmy Glass Jazz Club (Valencia).
In the form of Sextet, Quintet, Quartet and at times trio, I have been presenting my work with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe such as Mauricio Zottarelli, Oriente Lopez, Vitor Goncalves, Helio Alves, Graciliano Zambonin, Viktorija Pilatovic, Veronica Ferreiro, Dayan Adab Garcia, Ariel Ramirez, Roque Martinez, Luis Guerra, Voro Garcia, Baptiste Bailly, Ivan Ruiz Machado, Ales Cesarini, Mariano Steimberg, Georvis Pico, Alexey Leon, Latino Blanco, Perico Sambeat, Kiki Ferrer, Diego Ebeler, Juan San Martin and Jose San Martin. The list keeps growing!!!!
Studying with Brazilian guitarist Marcus Teixeira has further broadened my understanding of harmony, improvisation and skills required to be a better composer, songwriter, arranger and guitarist.
Brazilian music and jazz has been my passion throughout my life, and now I am able to express it through my albums ‘Swingando' and 'Nu Brasil' (ZM201808). These albums brings all of the emotions, energy and dynamics of growing up in Rio, living around the globe and being in touch with my culture throughout my life. Swingando has won "Best Latin Jazz Album" by Clouzine International Music Award.
My latest album 'Nu Brasil', released by ZOHO Music of NYC, has won two Global Music Awards for best "Album" and best "Brazilian/Latin Jazz" (Silver Medal), Clouzine International Music Award (Winner), Independent Music Award (nominated for Best Latin Song category), International Songwriting Competition (song: Nu Brasil - semi-finalist). The album includes some of the most well known musicians in the world, such as pianist Helio Alves, flutist Oriente Lopez, harmonica player Gabriel Grossi, saxophonist Perico Sambeat, singer Paula Santoro, guitarist Marcus Texeira, trumpeter Voro Garcia, drummer Mauricio Zottarelli, to name a few.
'Nu Brasil' has been recognised by the Recording Music Academy and placed in the ballot for the 1st round on the 61st Grammy Awards in the category of "Best Latin Jazz Album" and "Best Instrumental Album" for the 2019 Latin Grammy Awards. I hope you will enjoy my music and my latest album "Nu Brasil"..
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