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Edson Frederico

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The experienced pianist, orchestrator, composer, conductor, and musical director Edson Frederico accompanied Liza Minelli in 1998 in her performances in Rio. He has also participated on records by Djavan, Jorge Ben, Sarah Vaughan (Love Brazil and Copacabana), Lúcio Alves, Maria Creuza, Roberto Carlos, and many others. Edson Frederico started as a pianist in 1965, accompanying Vinícius de Moraes and Elis Regina. From 1970 to 1974 he worked for TV Tupi as a pianist and orchestrator. Also in that decade he participated in Erlon Chaves' Banda Veneno, as well as recording with Marília Medalha, Rosinha de Valença, Antonio Carlos & Jocafi, and other artists. Since 1974 he has conducted and orchestrated for TV Globo, participated in major nationwide productions, and worked in nightclubs. He has also worked as a musical director/composer for several theater productions and as a freelance session musician. His first solo album, Edson Frederico, was recorded in 1975. In 1980 he formed Orquestra Metalúrgica Dragão de Ipanema, which inaugurated Nelson Motta's Noites Cariocas at the Morro da Urca (Rio). In 1985, Frederico formed Rio Pop's Orquestra. ~ Alvaro Neder