In Spain, I have been presenting my latest work 'Swingando' with great success at venues such as Sala Clamores (Madrid), Moe Jazz Club (Madrid), El Plaza Jazz Club (Madrid), Cafe Mercedes Jazz (Valencia) and Jimmy Glass Jazz (Valencia). In the form of Sextet, Quintet and at times trio, I am currently working with some of the greatest musicians in Europe such as Viktorija Pilatovic, Veronica Ferreiro, Dayan Adab Garcia, Ariel Ramirez, Roque Martinez, Luis Guerra, Baptiste Bailly, Ivan Ruiz Machado, Alex Cesarini, Mariano Steimberg, Georvis Pico, Alexey Leon and Kiki Ferrer .
The list will keep 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 in my first album called ‘Swingando’. Recorded in New York City and Sao Paulo (Brazil), the album includes some of the world's top musicians (i.e. Helio Alves, Marcus Teixeira, Nilson Matta, Mauricio Zottarelli, Duduka da Fonseca, Claudia Villela and Itaiguara Brandao). Swingando brings all of the emotions, energy and dynamics of growing up in Rio and being in touch with my culture throughout my life.
I hope you will enjoy my music.
Album available on CDbaby, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc...
Originally from 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.
In the United States, some of the names I have shared music with includes, Gil Goldsten, Cidinho Teixeira, Leco Reis, Luis Ebert, Claudia Villela, Adriano Santos, Helio Alves, Nilson Matta, Mauricio Zottarelli, Lonnie Plaxico, Duduka da Fonseca, Olivia Foschi, Alex Sipiagin, Greg Skaff and many others. I have also been 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 until 2011, I have played with some of the top local musicians including Ferial Karamat and Arno Kolenbrander in which I have arranged and recorded some of his music as well as participated in various radio programmes in Amsterdam. Together with other friend/musicians I founded the jazz/Brazilian/funk band named “Malandros”.