NELSON FARIA – Guitar
Brazilian guitarist, moved Los Angeles in 1983, to attend G.I.T (Guitar Institute of Technology), where he studied with Joe Diorio, Joe Pass, Ron Eschete, Howard Roberts, Scott Henderson and Frank Gambale. While in L.A., he also attended private lessons with the chord melody master Ted Greene.
Back in Brazil, Nelson Faria became one of the most popular artists on call lists for guitar workshops, clinics, seminars, record sessions and concerts. He performed on over 100 records and made personal appearances all around the world. He has performed and/or recorded with artists like João Bosco, Ivan Lins, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Jeff Andrews, Lisa Ono, Milton Nascimento, Edú Lobo, Leila Pinheiro among others. In 2001 he joined the BMI Jazz workshops studying with Manny Albam, Jim McNeely and Michael Abene. As an educator, Nelson taught for 12 years at the Universidade Estácio de Sá, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and has taught clinics on Brazilian guitar at the IAJE /2001, NY; University of Southern California, CA; San Francisco State University; Guitar Institute of Technology, Los Angeles; Göteborgs Universitet, Sweden; Manhattan School of Music, NY; Berklee College of Music, Boston; Stockholm Universitet, Swedem, Malmo Universitet, Sweden, Amsterdan Conservatory among others. Nelson Faria has six CD titles under his name: “Ioiô”, “Beatles, a Brazilian Tribute”, “Janelas Abertas”, “Três/Three” , “Nelson Faria” , “Vento Bravo” .He has written four educational books: ”A arte da improvisação”, “The Brazilian Guitar Book” , “Escalas, Arpejos e Acordes para violão e guitarra”, “Inside The Brazilian Rhythm Section” and one instructional video: “Toques de Mestre”.
KIKO FREITAS – Drums
Born in Porto Alegre started playing as a professional in 1987, after studying with Argos Montenegro and at the “Orquestra Sinfônica de Porto Alegre” school.
Kiko is always making researches and studying different techniques and drummers. In the 90´s, he was already one of the top drummers in Brazil, participating in many concerts, recording sessions, and workshops. He has played with Nico Assumpção, Michel Legrand, João Bosco, Frank Gambale, Jeff Richman, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Jeff Andrews, Cliff Korman, Frank Solari, Ivan Lins, Luiz Eça and others. In 1996, he was invited by the piano player David Goldblatt to go to L.A. There, Kiko had the opportunity to meet many jazz musicians such Dough Lunn, Vadeem Zilberstein, John Leftwich, and had the big chance to verify if his autodidact researches were proceeding having lessons with Dave Weckl. In Cuba, Kiko studied afro-Cuban rhythms with the great percussion player Changuito, creator of the Songo, also played with Ricardo Baungarten at the biggest jazz club in Havana. As an educator, Kiko has been carrying out many workshops in Brazil and abroad, at events such as:tional Brazilian Drummers Festival, Masters of the Drums, Göteborg Music University, Sweden, Malmo Universitet among others. Currently, Kiko is playing in João Bosco´s Band, touring around Brazil, EUA and Europe, including concerts with the great Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba.
NEY CONCEIÇÃO – Bass
Self-taught musician, Ney begun his carrer working in the local scene of Amazonia. He moved to Rio de Janeiro in 1996, and, since then, he has been participating as a session player on several records by noted brazilian and international instrumentalists and singers, as: Airto Moreira, Altamiro Carrilho, Arthur Lipner, Cláudio Nucci, Danilo Caymmi, Gilson Peranzetta, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Jane Duboc, João Donato,Naná Vasconcelos, Roberto Menescal, Sivuca, Sebastião Tapajós among others. With Robertinho Silva he shared his first cd, “JAQUEDU”, in 2000, and also toured Brasil, EUA and Europe. In the present time he is performing, together with Kiko Freitas e Nelson Faria, in João Bosco’s band, with whom he recorded the most recent cd “Malabaristas do Sinal Vermelho”, Ney have being touring around the world including concerts at the “Blue Note”, in Tokio an NY, and jazz clubs in Europe.