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Ricardo Silveira

Vera's Heartbeat gladly presents acclaimed Brazilian guitarist Ricardo Silveira for the second time at blue whale. Silveira will be joined by Mitchell Forman on piano, John Leftwich on bass, and Ryan Shaw on drums to perform songs from his stellar career and new songs.

"Silveira's trademark sound has become a staple of contemporary jazz in just a few short years." (JAZZIZ)

"A superb musician, his work is filled with ample amounts of joy and saudade." (KCRW's Tom Schnabel)

Ricardo Silveira was born in Rio de Janeiro where grew up surrounded all kinds of Brazilian musical styles. In his 43-year-career, he has recorded 10 solo albums and has collaborated in several recordings as guitarist, arranger, producer and musical director. Gilberto Gil and Milton Nascimento have often requested his presence on their recordings.

After recording his solo albums "Bom de Tocar" and "Ricardo Silveira" in the 80's, Silveira was invited to record in the United States great albums that are still played on North-American jazz radios to this day. Released by the label Verve Forecast, the albums “Long Distance” (1988), “Sky Light” (1989), “Amazon Secrets” (1990), and “Small World” (1992), consolidated his international career and showcased his talent both as a musician and composer.

In 1989, he was invited to produce Toninho Horta's album “Moonstone” (Verve Forecast) and recorded the first and only album with Banda Zil.

After Verve Forecast, Ricardo recorded "Storyteller" (1995) for the label Kokopeli, owned by flutist Herbie Mann.

In 2003, he recorded "Clara Clara" with Adventure Music, his label until today. That album was nominated for Best Instrumental Album in the Latin Grammy Award 2004 and was followed by three great releases: “Ricardo Silveira and Luiz Avellar Live Tocam Milton Nascimento” (2004), “Outro Rio” (2007) and “Till Tomorrow ”(2010).

2013 saw intense music production: in addition to concerts and recordings, Ricardo released two albums in the US: “RSVC”, a double album with Vinicius Cantuária, and “Atlânticos”, duo with guitarist Roberto Tauffic. Not to mention the relaunch of "Storyteller" by Adventure Music in the North American market.

In 2014, Ricardo Silveira formed his Organ Trio, fulfilling an old dream of his of exploring the sounds of a jazz trio based on the sound of a Hammond B3 Organ.

In 2016, the album Cosmos was release? a beautiful partnership between Ricardo Silveira & John Leftwich featuring Hubert Laws & Kiko Freitas.

In 2017, he released the great album Simbora with Thiago Rabello on drums and Guto Wirtti on bass.


Earlier Event: November 16
Mike Moreno Quartet
Later Event: November 18
Aimee Nolte Group