Ricardo Silveira

Real Name:
Ricardo Rodrigues Parente Silveira
Ricardo Silveira is a Brazilian guitarist and violinist.

Played with Herbie Mann in New York. Served with Elis Regina, Milton Nascimento, Hermeto Pascoal and Gilberto Gil, among many others.

His first solo LP, "Good playing," leveraged his career in the United States.

Ricardo Silveira is a Brazilian musician with an international career. Born in Rio de Janeiro, always knew how to appreciate good music and moves easily through various musical idioms.
As a teenager, I liked to hear from rock (Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jimmy Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Cream) and blues (BB King, John Mayal) Brazilian music (João Gilberto, Chico Buarque, Mutants, New Baianos, Gilberto Gil, Milton Nascimento, Tom Jobim, Baden Powell). Early on, also discovered jazz: Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, Oscar Peterson, Joe Pass, George Benson, Wes Montgomery.

As a teenager, Ricardo became interested in the guitar and the guitar. I used to take the melodies of the songs he heard, first only a rope and then trying to figure out the chords, and later discovered that this is a great exercise for the ear and to know the fretboard.

Playing with friends and a few festivals college, decided he wanted to be a professional musician. He studied classical guitar and music theory and passed the entrance exam for the National School of Music, but there was a chair guitar fretboard in universities in Rio
At that time, he attended a concert by Victor Assis Brazil, who had studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, as well as Márcio Montarroyos, who also played in the same show and encouraged to do a course at Berklee for two months.

After the course, got a scholarship and went to study in Boston. After a year, he returned to Brazil, where he spent two months attending shows with Márcio Montarroyos.

Back in Boston, on the recommendation of guitarist Bill Frisell started working with a salsa band, one of his first professional jobs in the U.S.. Latin Stars, as the group was called, was led by Fox, Cuban violinist, accompanied by musicians from Santo Domingo, USA, Puerto Rico and Brazil. On weekends, Ricardo left Boston on his way to New York, where he played with Brazilian group Astra Carnival.

Recommended by trumpeter Claudio Roditi, Silveira was invited to join the group's flutist Herbie Mann, with whom he toured for two years by the United States. At that time, now living in New York, he also began working in the studio with great musicians like Steve Gadd, Richard Tee, Marcus Miller, Michael Brecker, Jason Miles, Nana Vasconcelos, L. Shankar.

Despite four years working outside their country, Ricardo maintained contact with Brazilian music. Incidentally, most invitations to play abroad came for him to be a Brazilian musician. Back on the recommendation of Liminha producer and musician, who had met in the United States, Ricardo by Elis Regina was invited to join the tour in Brazil the album "This Woman". It was the same period that began to emerge, and shows interest in recordings, jingles from the discs from various artists.

After touring with Elis Regina, Richard started playing with other big names in MPB as Hermeto Pascoal, Maria Bethania, Gilberto Gil, Milton Nascimento, João Bosco, Ivan Lins, Nana Caymmi and Ney to whom also he made arrangements and musical direction.

Between participation in shows and recordings of the great names of Brazilian music, Ricardo began to develop his solo projects. His first album was "good to touch" (Polygram), released in 1984. The music was so successful that eventually became vignette FM Radio Globo, staying in the air for 10 years, and immortalizing his guitar solos in the song that gave name to the disk.

Due to the impact, the guitarist was invited to play in the first Free Jazz Festival in 1985. For the show, invited talented friends: bassist Nico Assumption, pianist Luiz Avellar, drummer Carlos Bala and saxophonist Steve Slagle New Yorquino. The result was as good on stage as the quartet finished recording an album, the "High Life", released in 1986 by Elektra Musician label.

The second solo album in 1987 and had the same stamp. The album was titled the name of the guitarist himself. In the United States, this work earned the name "Long Distance" by the Verve Forecast label, which released beyond this "Sky Light", "Amazon Secrets" and "Small World". All were among the five most performed American jazz on the radio, and Sky Light Secrets and Amazon came in first place.

In the United States, as well as touring with Herbie Mann played with names like Sergio Mendes, Don Grusin, Dave Grusin, Oscar Castro Neves, Dori Caymmy, Nathan East, Vanessa Williams, El Debarge, Diana Ross, Brenda Russel, Justo Almario, Toots Tiellemans , Baby Face, John Pisano, Kevin Lethau, Ronnie Foster, Harvey Mason, Paty Austin, David Sanborn, Pat Metheny, Phil Perry, Earnie Watts, Gregg Karukas and Abe Laboriel. With Matt Bianco, Silveira been twice in Europe and Japan, and made eight trips to the latter country concerts Sadao Watanabe and Don Grusin.

With another stamp - Kokopelli, Herbie Mann - was recorded his sixth CD, "Storyteller" in 1995, which was also among the five most played.

In 2001, the CD "Night Light" was released in Brazil by MP, B, and in 2003 in the USA by Adventure Music. This work was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2004 in the category Best Instrumental CD.

In the same statement year, in partnership with Ricardo Silveira Luiz Avellar, both with experience in touring alongside Milton Nascimento, record live - guitar and piano - CD Live at Milton Nascimento Brazilian label of Universal Music and the American Adventure.

Ricardo is also known for the TV. From 2006 to 2009, he was host of "Studio 66" on Channel Brazil, a program in which artists received for a chat and musical improvisations. Several names have gone through the program, such as Egberto Gismonti, João Donato, Paulo Moura, Leandro Braga, João Bosco and Guinga.
On July 10, 2007 was released in the U.S. "Another River", his tenth labor, and in February 2008 in Brazil, repeating the double seals Adventure Music and MPB.

In 2008 produced the CD "From a different way" singer Emilio Santiago who won the TIM as the best album of the year MPB.

Ricardo participated in the CD "Randy in Brazil" by trumpeter Randy Brecker, who won a Grammy in 2009 for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. Also in 2009 signed the musical direction of the newest work of singer-songwriter John Bosco "I'm not going to heaven, but no longer live on the ground", which in 2010 was nominated Brazilian Music Award and Latin Grammy Award for Best Album MPB.

Today, after 26 years of the release of "Good playing," Ricardo Silveira launches its new CD "tomorrow". Album in which Ricardo gathers his best-known songs with new arrangements now signed by Ricardo himself, by Vittor Santos, Jesse Sadoc and Macelo Martins.
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Ricardo Silveira - Bom De Tocar album art Ricardo Silveira Bom De Tocar (Album) Fontana Brazil 1984 Sell This Version
Ricardo Silveira - Ricardo Silveira album art Ricardo Silveira Ricardo Silveira (Album) WEA Brazil 1987 Sell This Version
Ricardo Silveira - Long Distance album art Ricardo Silveira Long Distance (Album) Verve Forecast Netherlands 1988 Sell This Version
Ricardo Silveira - Sky Light album art Ricardo Silveira Sky Light (Album) Verve Forecast Brazil 1989 Sell This Version
WH 56214 Ricardo Silveira - Raul Mascarenhas album art Raul Mascarenhas Featuring Ricardo Silveira And Rique Pantoja Raul Mascarenhas Featuring Ricardo Silveira And Rique Pantoja - Raul Mascarenhas(CD) WEA Latina WH 56214 US 1989 Sell This Version
Ricardo Silveira - Amazon Secrets album art Ricardo Silveira Amazon Secrets (Album) Verve Forecast Europe 1990 Sell This Version
Ricardo Silveira Small World (Album) Verve Forecast US 1992 Sell This Version
KOKO 1307 Ricardo Silveira - Storyteller album art Ricardo Silveira Storyteller(CD, Album) Kokopelli Records KOKO 1307 US 1995 Sell This Version
325912005302 Ricardo Silveira - Ao Vivo album art Ricardo Silveira & Luiz Avellar Ricardo Silveira & Luiz Avellar - Ao Vivo(CD, Album) MP,B 325912005302 Brazil 2003 Sell This Version
60252751281 Ricardo Silveira - Até Amanhã album art Ricardo Silveira Até Amanhã(CD, Album) MP,B, Adventure Music, Universal Music 60252751281 Brazil 2010 Sell This Version
AM 1082 2 Ricardo Silveira - Atlanticos album art Ricardo Silveira, Roberto Taufic Ricardo Silveira, Roberto Taufic - Atlanticos(CD, Album) Adventure Music (2) AM 1082 2 Brazil 2013 Sell This Version
AM1089 2 Ricardo Silveira - Organ Trio album art Ricardo Silveira With Vanessa Rodrigues And Rafael Barata Ricardo Silveira With Vanessa Rodrigues And Rafael Barata - Organ Trio(2xCD, Album) Adventure Music AM1089 2 US 2014 Sell This Version
AM1105 2 Ricardo Silveira - Cosmos album art Ricardo Silveira & John Leftwich Featuring Hubert Laws & Kiko Freitas Ricardo Silveira & John Leftwich Featuring Hubert Laws & Kiko Freitas - Cosmos(CD, Album) Adventure Music AM1105 2 US 2016 Sell This Version

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