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Gustavo Tavares

Gustavo Tavares and Nelson Faria are today among the most representative musicians from Brazil. Gustavo has been described as “one of the most important Brazilian names in the classical music of our time” (Correio Braziliense, 3.27.2005) and Nelson was called by critics as “Brazil’s answer to Joe Pass” (Smålandsposten, 2.5.2007). Two musicians, each one on their own right a master of their instrument, who together represent the exciting variety of styles characteristic of Brazilian music, and who combine their talents and experiences in an original chamber ensemble that sees no boundaries between classical music, bossa nova and choro.

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Nelson Faria is a guitar faculty at the Örebro University in Sweden since January 2010. He has performed in more then 30 different countries, and appeared at jazz festivals such as Montreaux, North Sea, Montreal and Java. He has released 9 CDs, 6 books (2 in the EUA, Japan and Italy), and DVDs both with his group ”Nosso Trio” as well as a series of video-lessons by the name “Toques de Mestre.” Nelson has recorded as guitar player, arranger and/or producer on over 200 CDs by Brazilian and international artists, and worked with names such as João Bosco, Till Broenner, Ivan Lins, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Milton Nascimento, Lars Jansson, Paulo Moura, Leila Pinheiro, Leny Andrade, Wagner Tiso among others. Performing his own arrangements, he has also appeared with ensembles such as The Orquestra Jazz Sinfonica (SP), KMH Jazz Orchestra (Sweden), CODARTS Jazz Orchestra (NL), Orquestra Bons Fluidos, UMO Jazz Orchestra (Finland), Hr-Bigband (Germany), Frost Jazz Orchestra (USA), Amsterdam Conservatory Big Band and others. After a concert, the critic of the newspaper Nerikes Allehanda, Henrik Englöv, wrote that “the fingers of guitar player Nelson Faria seemed free of human limitations, creating rhythms beyond what is technically possible.”

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Gustavo Tavares holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from Rutgers University and is a versatile musician. He has been a student of two of the greatest cello masters in modern times: Antonio Janigro and Bernard Greenhouse, for whom he also served as assistant. Gustavo has performed throughout his home country, and in famous concert halls around the world such as the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, the Carnegie Hall in New York, the UNESCO Hall in Paris, the Theatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro, the Sala Bellas Artes in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the Linder Auditorium of Johannesburg, the Sala Puccini in Milano, the Teatro Palladium of Rome, and the Duke’s Hall of the Royal Academy of Music in London. He has appeared as a soloist as well as a conductor with orchestras such as the Orchestra d’Archi Italiana, the National Theater Orchestra in Brasília, the Johannesburg Philharmonic, the Princeton Chamber Symphony, and the Maribor Philharmonie. In 1995, together with Paquito d’Rivera and Pablo Zinger, he created the ensemble Triangulo, which according to American critic C. Berg helped «redefine the basic assumptions of chamber music». With this ensemble he has presented a diverse Latin American music repertoire for audiences throughout the world, and the ensemble recorded several CDs. One of these was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2001, and yet another was listed as “Record of the Year, 1997” by the Brazilian newspaper “O Estado de São Paulo”. A reviewer (Novilist, Zagreb) described Gustavo as a player with “sparkling virtuosity, elegance and complete technical perfection.”