Composer and vibraphonist Arthur Dutra aims to create a musical universe that accords with his ‘art tools': the vibraphone, the compositions, and the literary essays. From that idea he began writing compositions and lyrics that may be understood as ‘Meetings’ of Brazilian artists, art forms and musical styles, such as As Bandeirinhas de Volpi, about Italian Brazilian painter Alfredo Volpi, and O Encontro de João Cabral com Ravi Shankar, a fictional meeting of Brazilian poet João Cabral de Melo Neto and legendary sitarist Ravi Shankar. As if the vibraphone were a table on top of which different creators and traditions lay down their arms and their creations. His music may be listened to as the Imaginary Itinerary of their conversations, their thoughts and dreams…

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Arthur Dutra graduated from PUC-Rio and, later on, received a BFA in Jazz Performance from the City University of New York (CCNY), having studied with Mike Mainieri, Mike Hollober, Scott Reeves, Daniel Carillo, John Patitucci, and Stephen Jablonsky. Before, in Rio de Janeiro, he has studied with legendary classical percussionist Luiz D’Anunciação (Pinduca). He released his first album, entitled ‘Projeto Timbatu’, at age 21, with guests such as Marcos Paiva, Marco Pereira, Nelson Faria, Quarteto Maogani, Victor Biglione, Mauro Senise and Marcelo Martins, among others.

Back to Rio de Janeiro, Dutra has become an active vibraphone player in the Rio de Janeiro scene, having recorded with several MPB artists, such as Zé Renato, Lenine, Moska, Vanessa da Mata & Gilberto Gil, Erasmo Carlos, Roberta Sá; collaborated with artists such as harp player Cristina Braga, Zé Nogueira, Guinga, Marcos Ariel, Yuri Popoff, Silvia Machete, Alberto Continentino Paulinho Guitarra; and shared the stage with musicians such as Ricardo Silveira, Marcos Suzano, Lula Galvão, Jorge Helder, Jurim Moreira, Daniel Garcia, Tutty Moreno. Some of his songs have been sung by artists such as Zé Renato, Silvia Machete, Moska and Gretchen Parlato. He has performed throughout Brazil, and also in the U.S, France, Holland, Portugal, Germany, Slovenia and China. In 2012 Arthur Dutra received Prêmio Icatu das Artes, an award which allowed him to move to Paris for a 1-year residency at Cité Internationale des Arts. In 2013 his album O Tempo do Encontro was released in Japan by Panai/Nature Bliss label. In 2014 he performed at Mimo Festival in duo with soprano saxophonist Zé Nogueira. Also in 2014 he released his Imaginary Itinerary Project, which encompasses two albuns (‘A musa de Benjamin & outros ensaios’ and ‘O Tempo do Encontro’), and a book, a series of essays entitled Arte D’encarte (“Art of the insert”), which was published in Brazil by Editora Oficina Raquel.