Trio Madeira Brasil

Trio Madeira Brasil

Trio Madeira Brasil
Ronaldo do Bandolim - mandolin
Zé Paulo Becker - acoustic guitar
Marcello Gonçalves - 7-strings guitar

For info and costs please contact Luciano Bertrand

• biography •

Trio Madeira Brasil is one of the most exciting groups to emerge in the world of instrumental music in recent years.
It brings together three virtuosos with the idea of making music that at the same time is both energetic and refined.
Their repertoire includes the classic as well as the eclectic, representing the best of Brazilian culture, principally the "Choro" music, while also attentive to influences from other cultures.
With an overwhelmingly positive response from both the public as well as critics from the most important newspapers in Brazil, Trio Madeira Brasil's first CD was considered one of the best instrumental recordings in Brazil the year it was released. It is also considered one of the best recordings of all times in the musical genre known as Choro, a genre that is truly Brazilian, and at the heart of their sound. TMB was awarded the Prêmio Sharp (Sharp Award) for both "Best CD" and "Best Group".
This attention led to the group being invited to play at some of the most important music festivals in Brazil, alongside of such renown artists as the guitarist Baden Powell, with whom they recorded a special for French TV; the composer Egberto Gismonti; and the singer Zé Renato, with whom they released a CD featuring the music of Noel Rosa and Chico Buarque.
After the enormous attention they received for their participation in the Free Jazz Festival 99 - where they were selected as the only national group to be given a top ranking by the newspaper O Globo (RJ) - TMB toured Brazil extensively, expanding their audience while playing only Brazilian music of the highest level of quality.
International attention began to follow TMB's success at home and they have been performing abroad ever since.
In 2002, they were the first Brazilian group ever to be invited to play in French Polynesia, when they toured the Tahiti Islands.
From 2003 they also toured extensively in France, Italy, Portugal and South America.
In 2004, they made the film about Choro "Brasileirinho" by Finnish director Mika Kaurismaki with the musical direction of Marcello Gonçalves, presented at the Berlin Film Festival, where a concert of the Trio was organized after the projection.
In 2006 and 2009 the "Brasileirinho Live project" with special guests such as Yamandu Costa, Silverio Pontes, Beto Cazes, but also the Italian clarinettist Gabriele Mirabassi, toured in Germany, Austria and Italy.
In 2013 Trio Madeira Brasil was invited by the important Ravenna festival to play the first part of the concert of Egberto Gismonti and Nana Vasconcellos.

Ronaldo do Bandolim (1950)
Is one of the top mandolin players in Brazil who for the last two decades has been adding his beautiful improvisations to the sound of the group Época de Ouro, the most traditional Choro group around today. He has recorded with some of the greatest names in Brazilian music, such as Marisa Monte, Paulinho da Viola, Rafael Rabello and Chico Buarque.

Zé Paulo Becker (1968)
Before diving deeply into the world of Choro, he built a solid reputation as a guitarist, dominating the classical repertoire and winning significant prizes in guitar competitions. He received a Masters of Music at The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). He has already played and recorded with artists such as Armandinho, Francis Hime, Wagner Tiso, Zé Renato and Elza Soares. He released his first CD Lendas Brazileiras, which featured his arrangements for solo guitar of classics from the Brazilian repertoire. Sob o Redentor, his second CD, features original compositions, two of which were written in partnership with one of Brazil's top lyricists Aldir Blanc. The CD also features special guests such as Dominguinhos, Leila Pinheiro, Elza Soares among others.

Marcello Gonçalves (1972)
Is already one of the most in demand 7 string guitarist on the scene today, having played and recorded with artists such as Elza Soares, Elton Medeiros, Baden Powell, Ney Matogrosso e Gal Costa. He recorded the CD Bach in Brazil for EMI Classics which was promoted with a tour of Portugal and England. He has performed in Finland and Venezuela with Henrique Cazes to promote their duo CD Pixinguinha de Bolso. He is also a member of the group Rabo de Lagartixa.

• quotes •

ma quando è salito sul palco il Trio Madeira Brasil, perno del progetto Brasileirinho, tutti hanno capito subito di trovarsi di fronte a qualcosa di memorabile
Luca Conti, Musica Jazz, dic. 2007 per Ravenna Jazz

Trio Madeira Brasil is an exceptional group from Rio de Janeiro, formed by three virtuosos with great musical sensitivity. Here, Ronaldo do Bandolim, Zé Paulo Becker (6 string guitar) and Marcello Gonçalves (7 string guitar), produce, through a Brazilian view, beautiful arrangements of a rich and varied repertoire
Ivan Lins

Ronaldo do Bandolim, José Paulo Becker (6 string guitar), Marcello Gonçalves, (6 string guitar), just finished recording a CD full of youth and joy. They share mature experience as interpreters, with the drive that only youth and the desire to succeed can provide. A beautiful present for both the guitarist as well as the general public
Turíbio Santos

Trio Madeira Brasil is one of the most imaginative groups that Choro has been given at the end of this century
João Máximo

On this CD, Ronaldo do Bandolim, Zé Paulo Becker and Marcello Gonçalves have through beautiful, well executed music, given us the clear sensation that Brazilian Wood is a tree that no enemy of our music nor of our nature will have the force to destroy
Sérgio Cabral

"Trio Madeira Brasil is a giant step in the history of Brazilian Music"
Davis Hepner (Guitar Player Magazine)

• videos •

Trio Madeira Brasil - playlist on YouTube

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