BIO

Tabajara Belo is one of the outstanding Brazilian musicians of his generation. He has made a name for himself as a virtuoso guitar soloist, composer and arranger. He blends his concert programs with classical, Brazilian popular/folk and jazz music. Along with his solo career, Tabajara has colaborated with several prestigious artists throughout Brazil, including Wagner Tiso, Claudio Nucci, Paulo Bellinati, Marina Machado, Déa Trancoso, Marcus Viana, Vander Lee, Paula Santoro and Amaranto trio. He has appeared on numerous recordings including Tavinho Moura & Orquestra Sinfônica de Minas Gerais, in which he performs as a guest soloist with the orchestra. While in the United States, he worked as a Teacher Assistant at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ, where he completed his Master of Music degree in guitar, before returning to Brazil. Mr.Belo is a faculty member at the Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto and has been constantly performing throughout Brazil. He made, in 2009, his first tour in Europe, playing concerts in Italy, France and Portugal. His first solo album, released in 2007, presents arrangements for Brazilian popular themes and alternates guitar solo tracks and pieces for a trio format – guitar, bass and percussion. With flutist Bruno Pimenta he conceived his second CD – Suite Brasil - an interesting blend of improvised and written-out textures through Brazilian various genres. In 2011, was awarded by Guitar International Magazine as one of the featured guitarists of that year. Also in 2011, made a tour around the U.S. – Arizona, New Mexico, Illinois, Kentucky and New York -, playing concerts and giving lectures and workshops regarding Improvisation in Brazilian Music, guitar technique and various approaches on guitar arrangements. He was recently awarded with 2nd. place at the prestigious National Prize for Guitar Composition “Novas 3”. Presently, Mr. Belo is a Composition PhD student and has been working as Teaching Assistant for Theory, Jazz, Aural Skills and Music Appreciation at at the University of Florida.

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