ROGÉRIO BICUDO (Campos dos Goytacazes / RJ, January 11, 1957)

             Son of parents from the region between the extreme south of the state of Espírito Santo and Rogério Bicudo Peçanha lived in Mimoso do Sul (ES), when he was six years old, he moved to the city where he was born. His interest in music was awakened by attending the accordion lessons given to his older sister. With some months of teaching received from a barber, guitar player, the teenager Rogério was already determined to pursue the career of musician. At the age of 15, he moved with his family to Rio de Janeiro, moving to the Peixoto neighborhood in Copacabana. From 1975, he attended the Villa-Lobos Music School, learned musical initiation, theory and solfeggio, as well as taking private classical guitar lessons with Odair Assad.

In 1978, he began to perform with great success (voice and guitar) in the old Bar Zeppelin Terrase, in Vidigal. In 1982, he traveled to Spain, enrolled in the 5th year of classical guitar at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid, and also participated in Baroque and Renaissance music courses. During the summer seasons, it was exhibited in nightclubs of the famous island of Ibiza, which cost his madrilhenhas expenses. On the occasion of a popular music festival in 1984, he met the singer and composer Délcio Carvalho and samba singer Ivan Milanez (his future musical partner) of the Escola Império Serrano, who joined in his performances.

When he played chorinho with the American saxophonist Paul Stocker in 1987, he received this invitation for auditions in Amsterdam, where he stayed the same year, remaining to this day. The following year, together with the São Paulo peccussionist Silvano Michelino, they formed the Trio de Janeiro, when they recorded, live at Café Kapitein Zeppos, the LP Chorinhos Brasileiros and Fuga, with brilliant readings and improvisations that value what can be extracted from classics like Lamentations (Pixinguinha, Benedito Lacerda), Chorando Baixinho (Abel Ferreira), Fuga nº 1 (by the Cuban maestro Leo Brouwer), Bahimbao (themes by Ary Barroso, Baden Powell and Brazilian folklore).

When creating the Samba Club, he released the homonymous CD (CSA Productions, 1995), with his engaging band Mistura Fina, complemented by Lodewijk Hulsman (cavaquinho), Ronald Bergman (flute and percussion), Isabel and Geni (vocals), Joselito Dória (percussion and vocals), Rogério Bicudo presented Brazilian music in its various facets, through refined and irreproachable repertoire: Jongo (João Pernambuco), Samba Club (João Nogueira), Kizomba (Luiz Carlos da Vila), Samba do Avião Tom Jobim), Agoniza Mas Não Morre (Nelson Sargento), Afoxé (Traditional), Bahia (Dorival Caymmi).

In 1998, now with his quartet Choro Combinado, by Michael Moore (clarinet, alto sax), Pedro Libert (viola, violin), Eric Calmes (double bass), recorded the precious CD Sonoroso (BVHaast, CSA), in which he offered camerísticas For pieces such as Papo de Anjo (Radamés Gnattali), Naive (Jacob do Bandolim), Surfboard (Tom Jobim), Murmurando (Fon-Fon), and the classic choro (by K-Ximbinho and Del Loro), which lends the name to disk. The following year, on a tour of Rio de Janeiro and its surroundings, he released the album accompanied by the group, with auditions in the Sala Cecília Meireles (Largo da Lapa) and in the Municipal Theater of Niterói.

In 2001, again with the group Choro Combinado, and participations of the Brazilian singer Lilian Vieira (also based in the Netherlands), they recorded CD Curare (CSA Records), with a remarkable repertoire: Waltz Wals Dje Kangrew (E. Calms), Choros Cariocas Nights (Jacob do Bandolim), André de Sapato Novo (André Victor Correia), Graúna (João Pernambuco), samba-jazz End of Winter (M. Moore), besides the title track (Bororo's stylized cry) By Lilian Vieira. He then traveled for three months in Mexico, in solo performances, as well as teaching some guitar lessons as a guest at the Las Rosas Conservatory in the city of Morelia.

In 2006, he released the anthological album Rogério Bicudo: Solução (Independente, recorded in Amsterdam), an extraordinary show of rhythm and harmony, with great musicians, vocals and his debut as a singer tuned in repertoire of extreme good taste: Injuriado (Chico Buarque ), Presentiment (Elton Medeiros, Hermínio Bello de Carvalho), Solution (Raul Sampaio, Ivo Santos), Carnival Morning (Luiz Bonfá, Antonio Maria), Only The Two We Know (J. Pimentel), Life Science With Orlando Magrinho, Isabel dos Santos).

In 2008, South African sax Sean Bergin found the guitar of Brazilian Rogério Bicudo for the production in Amsterdam of CD Tale of Three City's (Pingo Records), an extraordinary combination of different musical languages ​​for exquisite readings of pearls such as: Shepherds ( S. Bergin), Ni Famba Uswanga (L. Silveira), Diaspora (R. Bicudo), Naima (J. Coltrane). The following year, the "repeat" of a duo that worked: Rogério Bicudo, Sean Bergin: Mixing it (Pingo Records), mixed Afro-Brazilian sounds (as Sean Bergin's title track and opening track suggest) explode , From the first to the last chord, in beautiful interpretations: Favela (Padeirinho, Jorge Pessanha), Sonnet 119 (Sean Bergin), Ingénuo (Pixinguinha).

Samba has a new face, renewed with the creativity of Rogério Bicudo, in his last totally authorial work, Sambanovo (CSA, 2011) recorded in Rio de Janeiro, exhibited: Lavradio 106, in the voice of Lilian Vieira (with Renato Fialho ), Samba E Poesia (with Renato Fialho and Marcos Moulin) with the participation of Joel Nascimento (mandolin), Naqueles Dias (co-author of Albinho) with Marcelo Bernardes (saxtenor) presence, Pano Closed and Sailing I Need (those with Renato Fialho), besides the title track (with Renato Fialho and Ivan Milanez). Still in 2011, with his career as a consolidated musician and singer abroad, Rogério held several concerts in Amsterdam including the famous Bimhuis room (with a special emphasis on jazz), as well as participating in the international and traditional North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam. Of applauded tournée by several cities, accompanied by Lilian Vieira, the Dutch saxophonist Toon Roos and the already mentioned Eric Calmes.

Already in 2014, with two months of season in Rio de Janeiro, he performed in tourist locations in Nova Friburgo, and in the Reference Center of Carioca Music, in the Tijuca neighborhood, always with great success. Back in Europe, he performed in concerts in Spain (Santander, Madrid), and with Michael Moore, Eric Calmes, among other exhibitions in Amsterdam, in the 2014/15 biennium. With its ever-active Clube do Samba, in 2016, it received the great singer Eduardo Gallotti, partner and friend of the samba carioca wheels, and of show houses in Portugal in the trendy Café 't Monumentje (downtown area).

Although living for so many years in Europe, with a classical background, the remarkable presence of the Brazilian popular sound in its melodic and harmonic performances is remarkable, playing and singing in perfect harmony. Versátil, in the most varied styles, with jazz notes, Rogério Bicudo shares with intense passion and competence his musical trajectory for the happiness of Brazilians and Europeans.


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