YAMANDÚ COSTA (Passo Fundo / RS, January 24, 1980)

             Created practically inside a bus, since the parents Jesus Algacir Costa (multi-instrumentalist, composer, poet) and the mother Clary Marcon (singer), leaders of the group the Borderlands, traveled through the south of the country with their art where there were festivals , Agricultural fairs, circuses and dances to liven up the party. At the age of seven, he began to learn guitar with his father, and later improved his technique with Argentine musician and folklorist Lúcio Yanel, who lives in Brazil.

In 1992, under the name of baptism Diamandu (the forerunner of the waters), as a representative of the Gaucho tradition, he interpreted the song "Esperança" (father's song) in the Grito Pampeano Festival of Nativist Music in Canarana - MT, now officially City. Already living in the capital, at the age of 16, he was invited to open a concert of his idol Baden Powell, at the Foundation of the Symphonic Orchestra of Porto Alegre (Ospa).

In 1999, he recorded his first solo album Diamandu (independent production). After performing in São Paulo, when he was recognized as a musician revelation of the Brazilian guitar, he moved to Rio de Janeiro. In 2001, the CDs "Dois Tempos - Lúcio Yanel and Yamandú Costa" (ACIT label) and "Yamandú" (Eldorado label) were released, including the classics "Brejeiro" (Ernesto Nazareth), "Tristeza do Jeca" (Angelino de Oliveira) Besides compositions such as Mariana, Cristal, Habaner. In 2004, for the label "Biscoito Fino", the album Paulo Moura & Yamandú Costa was released: el negro del Blanco, an exceptional record that definitely marked his career, with notable performances by the duo in the title track (signed by him), " (Powell), "Negrito" (Atahualpa Yupanqui), "Sons de Carrilhões" (João Pernambuco), "Pot-pourri: Samba Triste", "Lapinha", "Samba da Benção", "Pra Que Chorar" Life "(Violeta Parra).

After recording in Japan the CD Tokyo Session (Kaola Records, 2006), presented in a duo Yamandú + Dominguinhos (Biscoito Fino, 2007), with exciting interpretations for Molambo (Jaime Florence, Meira), "Velho Realejo" (Custódio Mesquita, Sady Cabral), "Wave" (Tom Jobim), "Pedacinhos do Céu" (Waldir Azevedo), "Escadaria" (Pedro Raimundo). The following year, a parade of authorial compositions, such as: "Samba do Véio", "Luz da Aurora", was recorded live at the Auditorium Ibirapuera / SP (Alvorada label): Luz da Aurora: Yamandú Costa, Hamilton de Holanda. Of "Chamamé" and "Meiga" (these only of Yamandú), indicated to the Latin Grammy, like better instrumental album.

In 2010, the label Biscoito Fino edited Side B - Yamandú + Dominguinhos, with reads of masters, already deceased: "Da Cor do Pecado" (Bororó), "Doce de Coco" (Jacob do Bandolim), " ), "Felicidade" (Lupicínio Rodrigues), "Só Una Una Vez" (Agustin Lara), as well as pieces by his authors. The following year, the CD Mafuá (Biscoito Fino label) was released and recorded and produced by guitarist Peter Finger in Germany in 2007, where he had already played two years before at a music festival in the south of the country. Besides the band that gives name to the disc and rescues the great composer Armando Neves (from the 30's), it is worth mentioning, among others: "Quem É Você?" (Zé Gomes), and the author's "Caminho de Luz" e "Ressaca".

Still in 2011, already considered an excellent 7-string guitarist and talented composer, Yamandú presented the CD Lida (Biscoito Fino), with special participation of Nicolas Krassik (violin) and Guto Wirtti (acoustic bass), when he recalls his gaucho roots in 12 precious Pieces: the author Baionga, Dayanna (by Alessandro Penezzi), Well Baguala, Petite Tristesse (these in partnerships with Guto Wirtti).

In 2013, the tireless Yamandú released the album Continente (Biscoito Fino), accompanied by two musicians from his homeland: the aforementioned Guto Wirtti (bass guitar) and Arthur Bonilla (7 string guitar). With an unpublished repertoire, they take the language and music of the pampas in a very personal way and honor the country writer Érico Veríssimo with the beautiful track (author of Guto Wirtti), who lends the name to the album, and the title of the first volume of his famous trilogy "The time and the wind". Also noteworthy are the authors, among others: "Sarará", "Cabaret" (the one with Guto Wirtti) and the second Latin Grammy nomination, as "best instrumental album".

His most recent work Tocata à Amizade (Biscoito Fino, 2014), celebrates the meeting with his friends Alessandro Kramer (accordion), Rogério Caetano (7 string guitar) and Luis Barcelos (mandolin 10 strings). In the initial band, Yamandú presents his Impressions Brasileiras Suite (commissioned for a project of the Louvre Museum in 2010), with four movements of diverse regions: choro-tango, waltz, frevo-canção, baionga (mix of baião with milonga), And includes, among other pearls, the little known "Pedra do Leme" (Raphael Rabello, Toquinho), besides the famous "Portraits" suite (Radamés Gnattali).

Yamandú Costa has been performing his artistic trajectory with performances and captivating, mixing various styles, from choro to classical, passing through tangos, milongas and chamamés, with a perfectionist temperament, creating brilliant compositions that accredited him to the national recognition and by the numerous countries visited , Of diverse cultures.


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