Élève is the music project of João Ritter. Current songs feature captivating guitar slurs paired with ambient elements like strings, percussion, and synthesizers. The music isn't easily categorized into a particular genre, however it can be described as cinematic, ambient, and instrumental.
João doesn't remember when he began playing the guitar, but it may have been around the age of 13 or 14. Lacking lessons and theory, he started out making up chords while playing rock-like music with friends. His taste in music soon calmed down and he began making up finger-style doodles instead. Eventually he had enough parts to make songs, and enough songs to make a record.
João was born in Brazil, but has lived in Chapel Hill since he was kid. He is now a freshman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The name Élève, meaning schoolboy in French, came about because João likes the combination of the letters E, L and V, he thinks French is a neat language, and he is a student, so it is fitting.
He plans on making many more releases in the future, including experimentation with several different kinds of music.