Murilo Damasceno & Nelson Latif will perform a series of tunes composed by some of the most important Brazilian guitar players of all times. The works of Garoto, Baden Powell, Dilermando Reis, Villa-Lobos, João Pernambuco, Celso Machado and Guinga, among others, will display a historical perspective of the Brazilian guitar school. This concert will have a special participation of the Brazilian percussionist Alaor Soares.
Bachelor of Music from the University of Arts of Paraná, Damasceno studied at the Conservatory of Popular Music of Curitiba – PR, town where he worked for more than 12 years as guitarist and Brazilian music producer. Damasceno worked with general music education in many Brazilian institutions as well as collaborated and performed with artists such as Graciliano Zambonin, Cida Airam, Daniel Migliavacca and many others. In his career, Murilo has performed in The Netherlands, France, Italy, Belgium, Germany and Ireland, among others countries.
Cavaquinho and acoustic guitar player Nelson Latif formed his musical identity in the legendary jazz scene of 1980’s São Paulo. With roots in choro and jazz, Latif merges Brazilian styles and a classical guitar technique with diverse musical influences. In his melodic phrasing one hears bebop and Brazilian syncopations. Latif started his studies at age fourteen. During the 90’s he moved to Amsterdam and started performing on the cavaquinho, an instrument that has since become his trademark.
Music has always been a passion for Alaor Soares. Since his early childhood, with friends or at home parties, music was always present. During his studies at the Municipal Conservatory of São Paulo he became interested in teaching others. Alaor was fascinated by the skills and principles involved in helping others to understand what is being taught and, more importantly, to remember what they have learned. So teaching, learning and performing have always been present in Alaor’s life.
Music is his passion, but it forms part of a larger cultural context, and many other art forms have influenced his work. In Brazil Alaor has worked with Brazilian artists, music schools, theatre groups and dance groups. His meeting with the Dutch film director Eddy Terstall resulted in the movie Transit.