Guitarist, composer and arranger Ricardo Peixoto came to the US on a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music in Boston and subsequently settled in the Bay Area. His compositions have been featured on ‘Inverse Universe’ with vocalist Claudia Villela, on ‘Kindness of Strangers’ with Terra Sul, and on Bud Shank’s ‘Tomorrow’s Rainbow’, among others. He has recorded, performed and collaborated with, among others, Flora Purim and Airto, Dom Um Romão, Sivuca, Claudio Roditi, Toots Thielemans, Dori Caymmi, Guinga, Arturo Sandoval and Spok. He has performed throughout the US, Europe, Canada, Japan and Brazil.
Listen to Ricardo’s soon-to-be-released CD
Multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and educator Marcos Silva performs worldwide. Nominated for a Grammy, he has toured with many world-renowned artists, including Paquito D’Rivera, Bud Shank, Dori Caymmi, and many others. He was musical director for Flora Purim and Airto Moreira for 24 years. Marcos has written arrangements for Dizzy Gillespie’s band and replaced Gil Evans as arranger-composer of Airto’s Spiritual Mass in Germany. He is sought after as a producer of CDs, including three of his own. Marcos heads the Brazilian Music Department at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley.