One of the most important Brazilian musicians, Nelson Faria is featured on over 150 albums from major Brazilian and International artists such as João Bosco, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Till Bronner, Milton Nascimento, Leila Pinheiro, Paulo Moura, Ivan Lins, among many others.
In around 30 years of a solid career, Nelson Faria has an extensive and impressive curriculum having performed at the main venues and Jazz Festivals in more than 35 countries like the Carnegie Hall and the Blue Note in New York, Montreaux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival, Jazz a Vienne, Tel Aviv Jazz Festival, Sarajevo Jazz Festival, Kaunas Jazz Festival, Skope Jazz Festival, Malta Jazz Festival, Funchal Jazz festival, Frascatti Jazz Festival, Java Jazz Festival, Pennang Jazz Festival and others.
Besides an inspired artist, Nelson is also an academic. At the moment he coordinates the Brazilian Music course at Örebro Universitet in Sweden and has just released his 8th book which has sold 500 copies in one single store in São Paulo at the day it was released. As a student he graduated in the renowned G.I.T (Guitar Institute of Technology, Los Angeles, USA), where he had the opportunity to learn from great masters such as Joe Diorio, Joe Pass, Ron Eschete, Howard Roberts, Scott Henderson, Ted Greene and Frank Gambale. Nelson also attended the BMI Jazz Workshops with Manny Albam, Jim McNeely and Michael Abene with the incentive of Brazilian Ministry of Culture.
Conciliating his activities as an educator to his works with João Bosco, Nosso Trio, the Duo with Gustavo Tavares and most recently with the group Who´s the Bossa? (which has just released their first album in Amsterdam) Nelson dedicates his time and energy to other true passion: writing arrangements and playing with Big Bands. As an outcome of this dedication is the widely praised album Nelson Faria & Frankfurt Radio Big Band, recorded live in Frankfurt and conducted by Örjan Fahsltröm.
Faria’s talent combined to his solid path in music and his young and innovative spirit will definitely ensure 30 more successful years with greater and greater achievements and valuable contribution for the next generations to come.
Since the 1990’s Nelson Faria has released 12 CDs, 08 Books and 2 DVDs.