Diogo Guanabara & Macaxeira Jazz
Jazz with Brazilian influences
The partnership between mandolinist Diogo Guanabara and Macaxeira Jazz band shows that jazz blends very well with baião (Brazilian folk music). Natal city native musicians have been performing together for four years and they already had made two international music tours, released two CDs and one DVD.
The quartet, composed of Diogo Guanabara (mandonlim), Henrique Pachêco (bass), Raphael Bender (drums) and Ticiano D’amore (guitar) fuses foreign classic rhythms, such as jazz and blues, with Brazilian rhythms like samba, frevo, baião and chorinho, and has several authorial songs. They also have remarkable creativity and boldness to make reinterpretations of songs of the most famous classical composers and musicians. They have been performing reinterpretations of The Beatles, Michael Jackson and Astor Piazzola with Brazilian rhythms, pleasing the audience in Brazil and abroad.
Besides performing in music festivals and clubs in the northern part of Brazil, Diogo Guanabara and Macaxeira Jazz band already had been performing in Japan and Europe. In 2008, they toured Japan and Netherlands and, in 2009, they toured Austria, Slovenia and Italy, besides Netherlands.
The group recorded their first DVD entitled Diogo Guanabara & Macaxeira Jazz Live, which was released in 2008, and is also available in CD version. In 2009, they released the CD Capanga moderna, including only authorial songs. At present, they are working on a new album.
Diogo Guanabara started to play cavaquinho since he was 9 years old. Later, he studied mandolim and became able to play both instruments. In despite of his youth, he has a vast musical curriculum, having played with renowned artists like Oswaldo Montenegro, Benito de Paula, Roberta Sá, Yamandu Costa and Armandinho. Besides, Guanabara participated in Oswaldo Montenegro’s last album, and also in a DVD recording in homage to Jacob do Bandolim.
Macaxeira Jazz band was formed in 2004 and is composed of Ticiano D'Amore(guitar), Henrique Pacheco (bass), Raphael Bender (drums), and Marco Antônio da Costa (nylon guitar, keyboard). Although all the members seem to be young, they have refined talent. Some of them were disciples of great instrumentalists such as Joca Costa, Manoca Barreto and Júnior Primata.
Diogo Guanabara (mandolim, tenor guitar, vocal)
Diogo Guanabara started to play cavaquinho at the age of 9, and later, started to study mandolin in order to increase his musical knowledge.
In 2000, the official and popular jury awarded him the Clave de Sol trophy, offered by Hangar award as the best newcomer musician, and in the same year, he was invited to participate in Sud’a Sul Brazilian Music Festival, in France, together with Jorge Ben Jor, Chico César and Renato Borgheti. Guanabara also had performed at Choro Club in Brasília, where he was critically acclaimed by media.
In 2002, together with Hamilton de Hollanda, Yamandu Costa and Armandinho, Guanabara participated in the live recordings of the double album Ao Jacob, seus Bandolins, released by Biscoito Fino Records in homage to Jacob do Bandolim, and produced by Hermínio Bello de Carvalho. He had recorded the CD Reminiscências in partnership with Mauro Senise, accompanied by Época de Ouro band, and also recorded a DVD together with mandolinists Bruno Rian and Rodrigo Lessa (Nó em Pingo d`água group).
From 2005 to 2006, Guanabara had been working with Oswaldo Montenegro and participated in some tracks of Montenegro’s last album, such as Quando a gente ama, which was the soundtrack of Globo TV’s soap opera entitled Sinhá Moça.
He has already shared the stage with renowned artists such as Luis Melodia, Benito di Paula, Roberta Sá, Oswaldo Montenegro and Baden Powell.
Raphael Bender (drums, percussion)
Bender showed percussion ability and talent since childhood, but only started to study drums at the age of 14. Since young, he showed signs of having a talented career.
Bender had been playing with several bands of his hometown, mostly rock´n roll and pop music bands. At present, besides Macaxeira Jazz band, he plays with Uskaravelho band and Experiência Ápyus band, both renowned in his hometown.
It’s clear in Bender’s music work that the Brazilian music influence runs through his veins. From 2006, he had performed with bands more inclined toward Brazilian style and instrumental music. During this period, he started to accompany the mandolinist Diogo Guanabara and became a member of Macaxeira Jazz band. According to Bender, “Each band practice or rehearsal is a rhythmical study and musical maturation process”.
In parallel to his music career, Bender is biologist and works in psychobiology field, developing researches related to memory, emotion and music.
Henrique Pachêco (bass)
Native from Natal city, Henrique first started playing guitar at the age of 14 through self-education, following his father’s path, who also played guitar. At the age of 17, together with his brother Marcelo and friend Ticiano D'Amore, they formed a rock band named Kassaca, and in 2003, the band had recorded the album Brincando com Fogo, including only their own compositions.
Henrique also participated as musician and composer in the album Tsunami of Base Livre band. From 2001 to 2005, he had been studying guitar with Joca Costa, and besides, in 2005, he graduated from UFRN’s Technical Course of Electric Guitar. In 2006, he became interested in electric bass, and today, he plays guitar as well as bass. His main influences from foreign rhythms are mostly from Rock, Blues to Ska, and from Brazilian rhythms are mostly from Baião, Samba and Bossa Nova. His recent interest in instrumental music, mainly Jazz and Choro, lead him to form a band called Macaxeira Jazz, that have released 2 albums and made 2 international tours, respectively in Japan and in Europe.
In parallel to his music activities as a member of Macaxeira Jazz and Kassava bands, Henrique works as audio technician at Megafone studio, in Natal city.
He is also graduated in Administration from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte – UFRN.
Ticiano D´Amore (semi acoustic guitar)
Born in November, 1981, at a very young age, Ticiano D´Amore was influenced by his parents, his father, a well-known Rio Grande do Norte Symphony Orchestra conductor and mother, a pianist.
Although having studied several instruments including violin, piano, sweet flute, western concert flute until the age twelve, none of them really sparked his interest. Then, at age 15, Ticiano started to study classical guitar and electric guitar.
Having studied with renowned guitarist Joca Costa, Ticiano was praised by eminent musicians such as Sivuca and Henrique Annes, and had worked with renowned musicians of Rio Grande do Norte like Jubileu Filho, Carlinhos Zens, Galvão Filho and Diogo Guanabara. He had best succeeded as a guitarist. In 2001, the Official jury awarded him the Hangar prize as the best newcomer guitarist. At that time, he was a member of Kassava band, which won the Pop Rock Tropical 2001 festival.
In 2003, he passed in first place on the test for Guitar Technical Course of EMUFRN, and graduated in 2006. Up to that time, D´Amore had made instrumental (guitar) and vocal participations in eleven CDs of different styles. In 2008, he won the Rock Potiguar award as the best rock instrumentalist of 2007. His biggest guitar influences are Luis Salinas, Pat Metheny, Wes Montgomery, John Petrucci, Steve Vai and Jubileu Filho.
D´Amore is a teacher of music school at UFRN (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte). He has a home studio where he makes recordings of soundtracks and jingles, and created a humoristic character in the web called Uílame, the metal worker. He is also is graduated in Administration by UnP and mastered in Administration by UFRN (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte).
Marco Antônio da Costa (nylon guitar, keybord)
Marco Antônio da Costa is native from Natal city – Rio Grande do Norte state. He started to play piano at age 5 and studied classical piano until the age of 13. Soon after, he started to study electric guitar and classical guitar through self-study. He plays as a musician since he was 13 years old in his hometown; and at 17, he started to study electric guitar with Joca Costa and Manoca Barreto. In 2004, after graduating from technical music course at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), he returned to study pianol; this time, focusing on Jazz and MPB.
And from that time on, he has toured, studied and participated in Music Festivals of many cities inside and outside of Rio Grande do Norte state.
Costa is graduated in journalism, but his passion for music always shined through. In 2005, he went to study at International College of Music Souza Lima & Berklee in São Paulo, where he won a scholarship to study at renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, however, he declined the offer.
Always being part of the musical scenery in Natal, his hometown, Costa had being performing together with different styles of bands and singers such as Kassava, Apollo 11, Rodolfo Amaral, Simona Talma, Antônio de Pádua, Ana Paula, Diana Cravo, Liz Rosa (Elis Rosa), Erick Von Sohsten, Diogo Guanabara, Macaxeira Jazz, amongst others. From 2006 to 2008, he had been performing in cruise ships like Pacific and Grand Voyager, where he had the chance to show his instrumental music works and be acquainted with musicians, singers and artists from all over the country and Latin America. Moreover, he had been playing in musical orchestras, Samba, Bossa Nova, Chorinho and MPB bands.
He made recordings with various bands like "Base Livre", "Kassava", "Na Maré", "Macaxeira Jazz", and with singers Erick Von Sohsten and Liz Rosa, amongst others. In 2006, he started to actively participate in the "Macaxeira Jazz" project, created by Henrique Pachêco (Bass, Classic Guitar, Electric Guitar) and composed by musicians Raphael Bender (Drums) and Ticiano D´amore (Classic Guitar), all long time friends. Later, the project would develop after mandolinist Diogo Guanabara joined the partnership.
In 2008, he decided to study jazz at renowned Kunstuniversität Graz and moved to Graz, Austria, where he resides now. He regularly travels to Belgium, Hungary, and the major cities of Austria, to perform Jazz, Pop and Brazilian Popular Music concerts.