Born in Itabira, Minas Gerais, Marcelo moved with his family to Belo Horizonte where he started playing musical instruments at the age 6.
When he turned 15, his grandfather gave him his first clarinet and in less than one year he was already playing professionally in local bars and clubs.
He has been studying Brazilian Jazz, pop, MPB, bossa nova, gospel and samba for over 20 years and, in 2006, he moved to São Paulo, where he is now based, performing, arranging and producing different projects.
As a saxophonist and clarinetist, he participated in the album recordings of several names of Brazilian popular music such as Alcione, Beth Carvalho, Berimbrown, Skank, Jota Quest, Nei Lopes, Almir Guineto, Leo Jaime, Zezé de Camargo & Luciano, Netinho de Paula, Jamelão, Pixote, Leo Jaime, Banda Gerd, Inimigos da HP, Roberto Menescal, Vanessa Falabella, Nelson Faria and others.
In recent years, he has been acquiring popularity as an arranger and musical producer, and during his 24-year long career, he made more than 1.300 recordings.
Zimbo Trio is a Brazilian instrumental ensemble, established in 1964 in São Paulo at the golden age of Bossa Nova instrumental groups.
The group’s climbing career started in 1965, when the trio became the regular ensemble cast of the TV Show “O Fino da Bossa”, TV Record, accompanying singers who were just starting out their career, like Elis Regina.
Originally comprised of virtuoso pianist, composer and arranger Amilton Godoy, bassist/composer/orchestrator Luís Chaves and drummer Rubens Barsotti, the trio kept the same formation during almost four decades, and in 2007, with the death of bassist Luis Chaves, Itamar Collaço (electric bass) was in charge of carrying on the Chaves’ legacy.
The trio is the only Brazilian instrumental ensemble remaining from the golden age of Bossa Nova that is still working until now.
Their music, based on Bossa Nova and MPB, has strong jazz connotation. The group has influenced several generations of Brazilian musicians in its 47 years career and has recorded more than 52 albums released in Brazil and in other 22 countries.
Having a well-established international career since 1964, they have been performing in more than 40 countries. Amongst their countless performances, they have been playing with the National Symphonic Orchestra of Brazil, Venezuela, Argentine, Uruguay, Colombia, besides performing at Phillarmonie (Berlin), Town Hall and others.
The trio members also founded (in 1973) and manage up to now a well succeeded music school, Centro Livre de Aprendizagem Musical (CLAM), responsible for the development of several successful Brazilian vocal and instrumental music talents.
They also are one of the most award-winning groups in the last four decades. The group has won several national awards as Best Instrumental ensemble such as Troféu Imprensa, Roquette Pinto, Pinheiro de Ouro, Chico Viola, Índio de Prata, Cândido Mendes, 7th Sharp Music Award, 2008 Tim Music Award among others. They also have recorded soundtracks for several films and toured all continents.
Zimbo Trio is the only instrumental ensemble remaining from the golden age of Bossa Nova that has been working until now under the leadership of the acclaimed pianist Amilton Godoy.