CANHOTO
(São Paulo, February 12, 1889 - September 7, 1928)

            Son of the Neapolitan immigrants Crescencio Giacomino and D. Vicencia, the boy Gargiulo Giacomino, raised in Rua do Carmo (in the old center of the city), learned to read and write with his father. As a boy, he was attracted by the well-managed guitar of his older brother Ernesto. Being left-handed, he began to play, without inverting the ropes, which earned him the artistic nickname. At the age of 16, he participated in his first serenades and, in 1907, he played with his brother Glicério (flute) and Zezinho (the future Zé Carioca in the cavaquinho) in bars and modest restaurants in São Paulo.

When he met the singer Roque Ricciardi (later known as Paraguaçu), he began to accompany him through several cinemas, becoming well known around 1912. The following year, already baptized as Américo Jacomino, he recorded his first compositions In Phoenix seal, like the waltzes Saudades of My Aurora and Belo Horizonte and, in 1914 (label Odeon), the polca Treading in the Suzuki, and the mazurca Devaneio. In 1917, with Grupo do Canhoto (including trombone or flute, clarinet, and his own guitar), he released the Waltz Amores na Praia, the xote After the Kiss, and as a soloist, the waltz Kiss and Tears and Guitar Chords (more Afternoon, his masterpiece, with new title Abismo de Rosas), all again by the Odeon.

In 1922, when performing in recital in the city of Itapetininga, he met the young Maria Rita Vieira de Morais, whom she married, moving to São Carlos, where she became a merchant of musical instruments. Back in São Paulo, in 1925, he inaugurated the Radio Educadora Paulista Society with Paraguaçu, the current Radio Gazeta. In 1927, he participated in the O Que É Nosso contest, sponsored by the Correio da Manhã newspaper, which took place at the Teatro Lírico in Rio de Janeiro. The Brazilian Triumphal March (composed during World War I, which expresses the enthusiasm of our people for the victories of allied forces, was recorded only in 1925), Viola Minha Viola and Abismo de Rosas, received the title of King of the Guitar Brazilian. The following year, he returned to Rio to record several compositions in Odeon, when he felt bad, with problems in his heart, being attended by his friend composer Dr. Joubert de Carvalho (who had dedicated him the song "Your Eyes", released in May).

With the worsening of his state of health, he died, prematurely, in the hospital Santa Catarina, on the São Paulo avenue, at dawn on September 7. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his death, the Continental label released the LP Homage to Américo Jacomino (1978), with the participation of important soloists of his work such as Paulinho Nogueira (Brasilerita), Antônio Rago (Evil Wizards), Dilermando Reis Of Argentina), besides the own son Luis Américo Jacomino (Abismo de Rosas). Among other notable interpreters, we can mention: Baden Powell, Marco Pereira, Raphael Rabello, Sebastião Tapajós, Toquinho.

In 1982, the series The Great Soloists, Vol. 2 (Seta Seta) contemplated the late Canhoto, reviewing pieces such as the crying Niterói, and the waltzes Thought, Delirious. In 2006, the precious double CD Canhoto - Américo Jacomino was released: immortal guitar (Revivendo label), covering the whole period that participated in recordings, from 1913 to 1928, parading all his particular technique of execution, whether in works of his own or Of the repertoire of others, such as the tango Madrugando, the choro Tico-Tico No Farelo or the Guarani fantasy (by Carlos Gomes). With the launching of the Songbook Successes of Left-Handed: Abismo de Rosas et al. (Brothers Vitale, 2014), several texts on the life, work and in addition to 14 scores of the remarkable composer were presented, that much contributed for the formation of new generations lovers of the Guitar, always enthusiastic about their interpretations.


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