Ari Colares (percussion)
Music professor at the Universidade Livre de Música and at the
University of Sao Paulo (the most important university in Brazil.) Ari
has played with: Naná Vasconcelos, Egberto Gismonti, Winton Marsalis,
Césa Camargo Mariano, among others.
Recently, he has been playing with: Vanessa da Mata, Fortuna, Banda Heartbreakers
and others. Besides that, Ari has an instrumental project with Heloisa
Ferandes, a percussion/piano percussion duo, which started when they were
nominated for the best Instrumental album in the VISA Awards.
Benjamim Taubkin (piano)
his career in the 70s and since then he has played with Rafael Rabello,
Paulo Moura, Marlui Miranda, among others. Playing with Zizi Possi, he
participated in her CD "Valsa Brasileira" - chosen as the best
Brazilian Popular Music album by the SHARP Award in 1993 - and also participated
in her program "Sobre todas as Coisas".
In 1989, Benjamim created the Brazilian Memory Project, where he produced
several concerts as "Violões" (Guitars), "Piano"
and "Arranjadores" (Masters of Arrangers) , that were all released
by his Núcleo Contemporâneo label, which he founded together
with Teco Cardoso. His first CD, "A Terra e o Espaço Aberto",
was released in 1997, also by his label, and was a nominee for the ´Prêmio
Movimento´ and ´Sharp´ Award.
Caíto Marcondes (percussion)
Caíto had his CD "Porta do Tempo" released in Brazil
and Europe. Airto Moreira considered him the Villa Lobos of percussion".
Together with Teco Cardoso, he has made the soundtrack for the movie "O
Cineasta da Selva". The soundtrack was released by Núcleo
Contemporâneo in 1998.
In August of 2001 Caíto had his CD "North Meets South / Sul
Encontra o Norte" (a duo with the american violinist Tracy Silverman)
released by the same label.
Dimos Goudaroulis (violoncello)
Born in Greece, he studied with Phillipe Muller and Reine Flachot. Living
in Brasil since 1996, Dimos has been presenting in several musical formations:
baroque music with the Tripo Contínuo group; and the contemporary
music, of the Novo Horizonte group.
Guello has been playing with major musicians such as Zizi Possi (her latest
four CD´s), Chico César, Joyce, and others. He is also former
member of the Bonsai Group, which released the latest CD "Desdobraduras".
Lulinha Alencar (acordion)
Pianist, composer, arranger and acordion player, Lulinha began studying
piano and jazz improvisation. He formed the instrumental trio LSD´Jazz
and also formerly was in the Banda Buscapé, focusing on regional
music. As an accordion player, Lulinha has been playing with groups such
as Mafuá, Mawaca, Antônio Barros and others.
Mané Siveira (sax and flutes)
Mané had three Cd´s released by Núcleo Contemporâneo
record: " Sax sob as Árvores" (nominee for the Sharp
Award), " Bonsai Machine" and "Imã" (a duo
with Swami Jr.).
Mônica Salmaso (vocal)
Considered the best new vocal talent in Brazil, Mônica released
her CD "Trampolim" in 1998 and "Afrosambas" (together
with Paulo Bellinatti) in 1996.
She won the VISA Award in 1999 as best singer in Brazil and in the same
year released her latest CD "Voadeira", with special participation
of Marcos Suzano and Toninho Ferragutti.
Ronem Altman (mandolim)
Representing the new generation of mandolinists, Ronem performed on the
soundtrack of Walter Salles Jr.´s movie "Terra Estrangeira"
and in several editions of the choro festival "Festival Chorando
Sylvinho Mazzucca (bass)
Sylvinho Mazzucca has played with major Brazilian artists such as Ivan
Lins and Zona Azul. He is one of the most busy bass players in Brazil.
Teco Cardoso (sax and flutes)
Winner of the Sharp Award in 1998 (best instrumentalist) with his CD "Meu
Brasil", Teco is one of the owners of Núcleo Contemporâneo
record. He has been touring with his own group and also with artists such
as Joyce and Dori Caymmi, among others. Together with Caíto Marcondes,
Teco was responsible for the soundtrack of the movie "Cineasta da
Selva". In 1999 Teco and flutist Léa Freire released the CD
Zezinho Pitoco (percussion)
Pitoco was involved in the founding of several Brazilian music groups
such as "Mexe com Tudo" and "Mistura e Manda". He
is now the musical director for Antônio Carlos Nóbrega.