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RICARDO PEIXOTO BIOGRAPHY
Ricardo Peixoto’s fluid melodic sense and original harmonic approach place him at the forefront of Brazilian guitar in the world today. An inspired improviser with a keen compositional sense, Ricardo’s unique and eloquent style evokes images far beyond his Brazilian territory.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, guitarist/composer/arranger Ricardo Peixoto’s first instrument was the piano which he began studying as a child. In his early teens he switched to guitar, influenced by the pop music of the day. By the time Ricardo came to the US to study Jazz on a Berklee College of Music scholarship, he had also begun studying the classical guitar. Soon after graduating, Ricardo moved to San Francisco and continued his study of the classical guitar at the San Francisco Conservatory.
Though grounded both in the jazz and Brazilian music traditions, Ricardo has ventured well beyond their borders, using a broad range of instruments including 6, 7 and 12-string classical and electric guitars, octave guitar, cavaquinho, and tenor banjo. Working as a solo artist, or in collaboration with others, Ricardo’s music combines rich melodies, unusual harmonies, and the unmistakable rhythms of Brazil.
From his home base in the San Francisco Bay Area, in addition to his ongoing work with vocalist/composer Claudia Villela, Peixoto has recorded and performed with, among others, Flora Purim and Airto, saxophonist Bud Shank, percussionist Dom Um Romão, Dori Caymmi, Guinga, Marcos Silva, as well as with his popular ensemble, Terra Sul.
In addition to his work as a performer and composer, Peixoto is also well respected for his work as a lecturer and educator in Brazilian music. He currently teaches at the Jazz School in Berkeley, and has been numerous times on the staff at Jazz Camp West and at the California Brasil Camp.