EDMUNDO SOUTO (Belém / Pará, March 30, 1942)

            Created in the Frutuoso Guimarães street, in the historic Campina district, the boy Edmundo Rosa Souto, when transferring with his parents to Rio de Janeiro, brought with him a very strong memory of samba rehearsals, never forgotten. Living in Copacabana, at the age of twelve he won a violin, studying at the Lyceum of Arts and Crafts (still in Largo da Carioca), with drawing, music and violin lessons. Listening in fascination to Johnny Alf and Dick Farney's records, he began to lead the way to bossa nova.

Already in the 60's, was a student of the guitarist and composer Oscar Castro Neves, and graduated in Architecture from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in 1968. Also passionate about cinema, in 1965 he made the film short film " , By Carlos Frederico Rodrigues, a special jury prize and the best soundtrack for the 1st JB-Mesbla Amateur Film Festival. Then he composed (with Danilo Caymmi) the soundtrack, arranged by Ugo Marotta, for another film Manequim, by the same director. His first recorded music, Candomblé (with Paulo Magoulas and Danilo Caymmi) Occurred in 1967 on the album Mário Castro Neves & Samba SA (RCA Victor label).

The following year, Edmundo Souto, Danilo Caymmi and Paulinho Tapajós competed for the First University Festival of Popular Music, in Porto Alegre, obtaining the 2nd place with Canto Pra Dizer-te Adeu, defended by Iracema Werneck, also deserving recordings by Erika Norimar And Márcia. Afterwards, they achieved great success in the III International Festival of Popular Song (TV Globo) with the romantic Andança, in the voices of Beth Carvalho and the Golden Boys, classified in 3º place, and that received numerous recordings, like those of Elis Regina, Maria Bethânia, Emílio Santiago, Fafá de Belém, besides the instruments of Luiz Eça (piano), Manoel da Conceição (guitar), Walter Wanderley (organ), and many more. In 1969, he won in partnership with Paulinho Tapajós, the IV International Festival of Popular Song (TV Globo) with the melodious Cantiga Para Luciana, performed by Evinha, awarded as a female revelation. Highlights for instrumental readings by Dom Salvador (piano), Lyrio Panicali (orchestra), Luperce Miranda (mandolin), and in the voices of Carlos Galhardo, Pery Ribeiro, Cláudia Telles.

From 1970 to 1982, he began working as an architect at the São Paulo State Sanitation Corporation, without renouncing his musical activities. In 1984, she signed the samba Beth Carvalho: the samba lover (co-author of Iba Nunes, Luiz Carlos da Vila and Paulinho Tapajós) for S.E.R.E.S. Unidos do Cabuçu, who, when parading at the inauguration of the Sambódromo, in the access group, was ranked 1st. With Paulinho Tapajós, his most constant partner, he wrote Green Que Te Quero Ver (Record publisher, 1987), adapted for children's musical, taken in theater and TV, with his songs recorded in LP (seal Warner, 1984), interpreted by Jane Duboc, Lucinha Lins, Mú Carvalho, Beth Carvalho, and others. With so many partners, it is also worth mentioning: the poet Paulo César Pinheiro, in pearls of samba Pra Não Chorar (1974), Cansaço (1975) and the samba artists Jorge Aragão (More than a Smile - 1985), Noca da Portela ), All interpreted by Beth Carvalho, and Coração Azul e Branco (1998), in the voice of the partner. Mangueirense with heart, always parading for the "green and pink", Edmundo Souto composed the remarkable samba story "Ao Chico Com Carinho" (in partnership with Moacyr Luz and Paulinho Tapajós), masterfully sung by Quinzinho and the presence of several Friends of Mangueira, released in the year That the school was champion, honoring Chico Buarque (CD Paulinho Tapajós: reencontro - CID, 1998, in which also he signed the partnerships in the title track and in Joatinga).

In a draft legislative decree of 2001, he was granted the title of Honorary Citizen of the City, by the City Council of Rio de Janeiro. He lived for many years in the Epitacio Pessoa Avenue, on the bank of the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, Edmundo wrote the beautiful and passionate symphony Sacopenapã, a love hymn to his beauty that always inspires and inspires him. The name of the work was motivated by the late friend Tom Jobim, another illustrious and visceral lover of the region, who explained to him its Indian meaning paths of the socós, native birds that still, even in small amount, survive the local pollution.

In March 2004, the work was presented for the first time in a historical show held at the Cantagalo Park in Lagoa, with contributions from the Rio de Janeiro Philharmonic Orchestra, the Singing Girls' Choir and the Hamilton bandit of the Netherlands. There are seventeen songs, with several partners and interpreters, attuned to their ideas for the tribute: Mirror of Rio (with Stil), Dawn (with Ronaldo Bastos) both in the voice of Luanda Cozetti, Ser Carioca (Edmundo Souto) with Dudu Nobre, Feitio Coração (Edmundo Souto) with the Quarteto em Cy, Lagoa E Você (Edmundo Souto) with MPB-4, Lagoa Girl (with João Pimentel) in the voice of Emílio Santiago, Natureza Maior (co-authored by Bororó Felipe and Paulo César Pinheiro) with Zé Renato, Sacopenapã (with Eduardo Goldenberg) in the voice of Beth Carvalho. The following year, the book Sacopenapã was published: Lagoa, Mirror of Rio (Editora Timbre Comunicações), project coordinated by Nei Barbosa and Edmundo Souto, with texts by Carlos Heitor Cony, Cora Rónai, Ziraldo and others. Of important historical value, a true work of art, illustrated by beautiful photos, in addition to a valuable CD, with the recordings of the above mentioned show.

Without forgetting its origins, in 2007, Edmundo signed the samba plot Belém dos Grandes Carnavais (co-author of the poet João de Jesus Paes Loureiro), for the G.R.C.S. Academics of Samba da Pedreira. Also scheduled for release in 2016, the documentary Garota de Ipanema - O Bar, by director Carlo Mossy, a tribute to the famous meeting point of intellectuals and artists from the 60s / 70s, counts on his participation in playing Morena music from Ipanema (Coauthor of Paulo Sérgio Valle), next to this one and of Jards Macalé, besides to divide another theme The Bar of Bossa, with the teacher Anselmo Mazzoni.

Edmundo Souto designs and creates works of expressive sensitivity, melodies in the most varied rhythms, a definitive name in the national culture as an architect and composer, professions that he develops with a lot of passion, to look attentive to everything that involves him in his daily life.


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