MARCO PEREIRA (São Paulo, September 25, 1950)

            At the age of fourteen, Marco Antonio Pereira, winning a guitar as a gift, began playing "by ear" for some time, until he entered the Conservatory of Drama and Music of São Paulo, guided by the Uruguayan master Isaias Sávio. For five years he lived in Paris, where he studied regularly at the University of Sorbonne, taught by maestro and composer Pierre Boulez, and received the title of "master of classical guitar" by the International Conservatory of Music.

In Spain, he was awarded the competitions Andrés Segovia (Palma de Mallorca) and Francisco Tárrega (Valencia). Back in Brazil, Marco Pereira recorded two LPs for the label Som da Gente: Violão Popular Brasileiro Contemporâneo (1985) and Circulo das Cordas (1988), both largely written and with new proposals for language and sound, adding elements of classical music and Jazz, without losing the national identity.

From the 90's, he moved to Rio de Janeiro and participated in the Bons Encontros: Marco Pereira & Cristóvão Bastos (Caju Music label, 1992), Sharp award for best instrumental album, which brought together the talents of guitarist and pianist , Respectively, for new harmonized readings of classics of two sacred monsters in different styles of Brazilian popular music: Ary Barroso (No Rancho Fundo, É Luxo Só) and Noel Rosa (Prayer Line, Botequim Talk).

In 1999, Pereira recorded the acclaimed CD Valsas Brasileiras (independent production), with arrangements in solo readings for: Beatriz (Edu Lobo, Chico Buarque), Eu Te Amo (Tom Jobim, Chico Buarque), Desvairada (Garoto), Emotiva # 1 (Hélio Delmiro). In the following year, Marco Pereira (guitar) and Hamilton de Holanda (mandolin) released, with musical direction of the duo, the extraordinary Light On the Strings (Kuarup label), a lot of light and inspiration in the tracks. Tonico Na Ladeira (Marco Pereira), Brazilian, Filling The Brass (Hamilton of Holland) and re-readings of A Zero (Pixinguinha, Benedito Lacerda), Xote das Meninas, Qui Nem Jiló (songs by Luiz Gonzaga). In the next album Marco Pereira: the samba of my land (Independente, 2004), he expressed his admiration for samba and other rhythms: Expresso 2222 (Gilberto Gil), La Fiesta (Chick Corea), Lamentos do Morro (Garoto), and Author Football Time, Friend Léo, Chazz! The following year, Marco Pereira and the young Gabriel Grossi (gaita) are in new release of suggestive title Afinidade (Seal Biscoito Fino) and celebrate, quite in tune, the pleasure of playing pearls such as Rendeira (Zé do Norte), As Rosas They do not speak (Cartola), was the Night (Tom Jobim, Newton Mendonça), Sambadalú and Point of Light (Marco Pereira). In 2010, he honored the choro with its many facets, in the precious CD Marco Pereira: Cristal (Independente), in important pieces such as Cristal (Cesar Camargo Mariano), Ternura (K-Ximbinho), by his own Mute Enganos, Fefucha, A Lira Of the Poet.

In 2012, he toured for 40 days in American cities and presented for the first time, at SESC Vila Mariana in São Paulo, his work Lendas Amazônicas - Fantasia concertante for two guitars and orchestra. In their last album, duo with the accordionist Toninho Ferragutti, Comum de Dois (Borandá, Maximus, 2013), in perfect harmony, they express with creativity the richness of our popular music, in nine tracks such as: Flamenta, Nova (those by Toninho Ferragutti ), Re-reading of Woman Rendeira (Zé do Norte).

Marco Pereira, award-winning guitarist, composer, arranger, university professor, researcher, author of didactic works, internationally known for his constant performances in Europe and the United States, despite his classical training, with a precise understanding of what quality music The versatility necessary to express himself in his work, without losing the link with the traditional Brazilian language.

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