Oboman: Oboe, Oboe d'Amore & English Horn
Edu Miranda: Bandolim
Tuniko Goulart: Guitar
+ Zé Luis Nascimento: Voice, Percussions
Popular Brazilian music constantly oscillates between Alegria (joy) and Saudade (nostalgia), the two complementary poles of the Brazilian soul: The musical riches of Brazil are born from the interbreeding of all the peoples of this country, Indian, black and Portuguese elements. The chôros, melancholy tunes of Portuguese origin, inspired many composers, notably Heitor Villa-Lobos. Brazilian music, vibrant, colorful and sensual, its dreamlike climate, its subtle harmonies and its luminous words, has seduced the whole world. The trio "Aquarela" will make us discover, with audacity and virtuosity, more unknown aspects of Brazilian music. From samba to baião, from frevo to forro, from chôros to… fado !!! Villa Lobos, Hermeto Pascoal, Chico Buarque, Egberto Gismonti, Edu Lôbo, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Baden Powell, Luis Bonfa, Sergio Mendès, Vinicius de Moraes, Milton Nascimento, Toquinho, Dori Caymmi, Pixinguinha… will be there !!!
Born in 1968 in São Paulo, Edu Miranda bathed very early in a familiar and intense musical environment, where the seresta and the chorinho occupied a special place. At eleven, he had his first contact with a mandolin, and, fascinated by the sound of the instrument, decided that it would be his main means of musical expression. At the age of twelve, he met Lendário Evandro, one of the greatest Brazilian mandolinists. Evandro worked at Dell Vecchio, a large musical instrument store in central São Paulo, where the cream of São Paulo musicians used to meet. Very quickly, his participation in Choros orchestras prompted him to improve his instrumental technique. Feeling, however, that the expression of his style required theoretical improvement and knowledge of other musical languages, he studied harmony and improvisation with Rui Saleme (ex violinist of the Trio D'Alma) and Renata Montanari. These lessons were fundamental for the development of his own musical expression. In 1988, he went on tour in Portugal, "the motherland" with the musical group of the theater "Haute Forêt", having the opportunity to know and appreciate various musicians of different styles. He then left for the Netherlands, and stayed there for a while. The attraction of the discovery is there, but the nostalgia "Saudade" of his native Brazil incites him to return to Brazil in 1990. In 1992, he leaves for Lisbon, and begins to develop an intense activity of arranger and producer of several artists from the Portuguese musical landscape, and is solicited as mandolinist with various groups and musicians: Mario Laginha and Maria João, Gilberto Gil, António Chainho, Pedro Jóia, Martinho du Village, Toninho Potager, Filipa Parents, Nico Assumption, Romanças, Réal Society, I group Marambaia,… In 2003, he recorded his first solo compact disc, entitled "Choro de Longe". This disc is unanimously praised by musical critics and well received by the public. For this disc, Edu collaborated with Tuniko Goulart, a longtime friend, and also considered one of the greatest guitarists of the moment.
Tuniko Goulart is born in southern Brazil in 1967. Music was always present in his Family, in such a way with 11 years old he was the first and only professional musician recognized by the O.M.B, the Brazilian Musicians Order. From there on, many were the years travelling through Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina with many groups. He always had the luck to be invited to play in tours with great musicians, all graduated in the “school of life”, and they taught him the art of comping. Either in tours or in studio recordings, He collaborate with musicians such as: Gilberto Gil, Martinho da Vila, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Arthur Maia, Vicente Amigo, Stanley Jordan, Jeff Berlin, Eric Sardinas, Cesária Évora, Antônio Chainho, Edu Miranda Trio, Giovani Goulart, Filipa Pais, Isabel Campelo, João Frade Trio, Real Companhia, Angola Brasil Trio, Paulinho Lêmos, Brisas, André Sarbib, and recently even with Madonna!
Zé Luis Nascimento, Brazilian percussionist, from Salvador de Bahia, is an inventive and fiery virtuoso, who has managed to evolve his original style through his many artistic adventures. As a soloist and assistant to the musical direction, he goes on world tours with the folk ballet of Bahia, in which he was trained.
Arrived in France in 1996, he opened up to eastern and western percussion styles and then developed a deeply original rhythmic vocabulary mixing very varied instruments, which he gathered in a musical discourse of great coherence.
Sometimes on stage or in the studio, he collaborates with a good number of artists, such as Titi Robin, Mayra Andrade, Ayo, Césaria Evora, Grace & the Spiritual Riders, Jean-Luc Ponty, Al Di Meola, Sixun, Tania Maria, Lokua Kanza, Oumou Sangare, Tété, Souad Massi, Vladimir Cosma, Michel Legrand, Céline Rudolph, Jaques Morelenbaum, Georges Moustaki, among others.
Above all, he says "wanting to serve music". Inspired, elegant and powerful, this could define the musical universe of Zé Luis Nascimento.