Hans Limburg, Singer, Guitarist and Composer
Groovy Brazilian Bossa Novas, graceful sambas and international standards, mixed with Brazilian jazz, form the repertoire of singer, guitarist and composer Hans Limburg.
With his “extraordinary feeling for rhythmic and harmonic elegance and virtuosity” (press) he inspires every audience.
At the age of ten, Hans Limburg began to play the classical guitar. Through the compositions of Heitor Villa-Lobos, he got to know Brazilian music for the first time. He was strongly influenced by Sérgio Mendes & Brasil 66, Baden Powell and João Gilberto. After many sessions in clubs in the 80s and 90s, he founded the band projects “Brasil Nativo”,“Via Brasil” and “Alegria”. Having moved to Berlin, he collaborated with a wide variety of musicians and made many radio, TV and CD recordings.
Important milestones in his musical career were courses with artists such as the “New York Voices”, Mili Bermejo, Judy Niemack, Nelson Faria and Célia Vaz.
In 1999, he released the CD “Generation99” with guitarist and composer Tobias Langguth on which one can hear their own songs, bossa standards, songs by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Roberto Menescal and beat bossa arrangements of international standards.
In 2001 Hans Limburg took part as a singer in the Brazilian Carnival project “Sapucaiu no Samba”, which was the winner of the “Karneval der Kulturen” in Berlin. The next year, his group “Planetão” won first prize in the “Forum brasiliansicher Künstler in Berlin” competition.
In 2003 he taught Brazilian music at the “Hanns Eisler” Music Academy in Berlin. In the same year, percussionist Volker Conrath`s “Bloco Explosão” was the winner of the Carnival competition in Berlin, with Hans Limburg on voice and guitar.
With “Trio Cupuaçu” he recorded the CD of the same name with Volker Conrath, percussion and Thomas Walter Maria, saxophone and flute. The repertoire consists mainly of tunes of their own, alongside Brazilian classics.
“Planetão - live at quasimodo” is the name of the CD, that Hans Limburg recorded with the quintet “Planetão” in Berlin at the end of 2003, with Brazilian standards by Tom Jobim, Marcos Valle and others.
Hans Limburg continues to be a regular guest with other artists such as jazz singer Regina Klein on her CD “Scarlett Wings”, and the vocal group “4square”.
In 2005, “Trio Cupuaçu” and the band “Bassanova” (with Carsten Schmelzer, bass; Felix Astor, drums and Valentin Gregor, violin, viola, voice) were prize winners at the “Latin Award Berlin”.
Since then, Hans Limburg has toured with the acoustic “TrioRio” (with Zito Ferreira, cajon and Carsten Schmelzer, acoustic bass), with jazz guitarist Roland Gebhardt, with “BassaNova” and as a soloist.
In 2008, Hans Limburg, voice and Tobias Langguth, guitar were price winners at the international competition “Voice & Guitar” in Völklingen/Saar. In the same year, Hans spend six months in Brazil and recorded the CD “From Brazil...With Love” in Recife, Pernambuco, The CD, on wich Hans is arranger, producer and musical director features songs written by João Bosco, Ivan Lins, Djavan and others and his own composition with Nigel Shore “A Linda Melodia Do Amor”. Featured soloists are Nigel Shore (oboe) and Fabinho Costa (trumpet and flugelhorn).
It is of particular importance to Hans Limburg to play and interpret authentic Brazilian music alongside the well known cliché carnival songs. More and more he is writing his own songs, composed around his own acoustic guitar playing. He likes very much to blend jazz elements with Brazilian music. In Brazil, Hans performed with Carlos Bala, Sérgio Brandão Paulinho Trompete and Célia Vaz.
New arrival in November 2010: TrioRio & Vladimir Karparov: Christmas Samba - Weihnachtslieder": international and German Christmas Songs in a Brazilian way