Chico Pinheiro

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One of the leading figures in modern Brazilian music, guitarist/composer/arranger Chico Pinheiro, 35, was born in São Paulo. Self-taught, Pinheiro started playing the guitar and the piano when he was 7 years old. After starting to perform professionally at age 15, he rounded out his musical education with a stay in Boston, where he received his music degree from Berklee College of Music (Summa cum laude), studying with legendary teachers Mick Goodrick and Hal Crook and winning several academic/ musical prizes there during his studies. Not only an exceptional guitarist with a wonderful sound and great fluidity, Chico Pinheiro is a unique composer of originality and maturity, qualities that stand out on his solo recordings. His first album “Meia Noite Meio Dia” (Sony Music/ 2003) was released in 2003 with great reviews at all the most important newspapers and music magazines in Brazil and abroad, and was included in the “Top 10 Brazilian albums of the year” in the major newspapers of Brazil: “O Estado de São Paulo”, “A Folha de São Paulo” and “O Globo” . This well-received debut included performances from special guest vocalists Luciana Alves, Lenine, Ed Motta, Chico César, and Maria Rita. His second release, “Chico Pinheiro” (Biscoito Fino/ 2005) enjoyed great critical and audience acclaim, once more being included in the “Top 10 Brazilian albums of the year” by newspapers “O Estado”, “O Globo” and “Folha de São Paulo”. The third album, NOVA, was released in dec/ 2007, a collaboration with the american guitarist and composer Anthony Wilson. Again, enjoyed great critical and audience acclaim. Today Chico is already a remarkable presence in – and outside the Brazilian music scene, who has distinguished himself as a guitarist, composer and arranger. He has performed and recorded with the “cream of the crop” of Brazilian artists such as Rosa Passos, Chico César, Dori and Danilo Caymmi, João Donato, Johnny Alf, Luciana Souza, César Camargo Mariano,while also making his mark internationally, recording and playing with Dianne Reeves, Bob Mintzer, Roberto Fonseca, Cachaíto Lopez (Buena Vista Social Club), Brad Mehldau, Esperanza Spalding, Fleurine, Mark Turner, Chris Potter, Eddie Gomez, Claudio Roditi, Duduka da Fonseca, Giovani Hidalgo, amongst others.

Albums

There's A Storm Inside

Label: Sunnyside
Distribution in France: Naïve
Release date: September 30, 2010

One of the leading figures in modern Brasilian music, guitarist/composer/arranger Chico Pinheiro, was born in Sao Paulo 35 years ago. Self taught, he started working professionally at age 15 and rounded off his musical education with a first class music degree et the US Berklee College of Music.
Chico has performed and recorded with many the Brasilian greats: Rosa Passos, Chico César, Dori and Danilo Caymmi, Joao Donato, many more; he has also collaborated with Roberto Fonseca, Cachaito Lopez, Brad Mehldau, Esperanza Spalding, Chris Potter, Eddie Gomez and many more. His albums are regularly in the Brasilian charts.
Not only an exceptional guitarist with a wonderful sound and great fluidity, Chico Pinheiro is a unique composer, original and mature, qualities that stand out on his productions. On his fourth release and Sunnyside debut “There’s a Storm Inside”, Chico Pinheiro presents a beautifully arranged, contemporary mix of jazz and bossa nova aided by some wonderful contributions from Dianne Reeves and master saxophonist/bass clarinetist Bob Mintzer.

Chico Pinheiro - There's A Storm Inside