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 historial perspective of the Brazilian guitar school. This concert will have a special participation of the surinamese guitarist Robby Faverey.
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.
Born in Paramaribo (Suriname) in a musical environment. Son of Antonius Thomas Faverey, a self-taught classical guitarist, main pioneer of the classical guitar in Suriname, and amateur cello player. At the age of seven years Faverey started his musical education on the violin. By the time he was sixteenth he starts taking guitar lessons with his father, continuing his studies with Manuel São-Marcos in São Paulo, Brazil. After two intense years of study he got a scholarship to continue studying classical guitar in The Netherlands. During the first conservatory year he occasionally met Ton Koopman, who stimulated him to study the lute. Beside classical guitar Faverey started to study lute as a second instrument with Gusta Goldschmidt at the Sweelinck Conservatory, having also masterclasses with Michael Schaeffer and Sigiswald Kuijken.
During the Conservatory studies he formed a classic guitar duo with compatriot Stanley Noordpool, whit whom he performed in many stages in Europe and in South America. In this period Faverey was very involved with chamber music in different formations. A crucial moment of this period was the concert “Chitarra Bizzarra” in 1984 in Amsterdam, in which he performed in different formations with several members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, like Jaap van Zweden, Brian Pollard, Rien de Reede, Werner Herbers and with Machiko Takahashi. Faverey also performed occasionally with flautist Ronald Snijders.
After my Sweelinck Conservatory degree Faverey was appointed as a teacher of guitar at the Conservatories of Leeuwarden, Groningen and The Hague. He also taught guitar at the Muzerie in Zwolle. Because of his passion for Cuban guitar music he became friends and great admirer of Leo Brouwer. In the following years Faverey studied Indian sarod and sitar besides guitar and lute, as well as the Brazilian mandolim. In 2001 Faverey started to construct ethnical instruments like small percussion, shamisens, guimbries, ngonis and other string instruments.