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Nelson Faria

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Nelson Faria, one of the best guitarists of his generation, recorded and performed with some of Brazil's biggest artists, like Milton Nascimento, Edu Lobo, Cássia Eller, Nana Caymmi, Zélia Duncan, João Bosco, Wagner Tiso, and Toninho Horta, among others. Faria worked with Leila Pinheiro on the show Na Ponta da Língua, with Paulo Moura's septet on the show Rapsody in Bossa, and with Baby Do Brasil on her show Acústico. He released his first solo CD in 1993, Ioiô (Perfil Musical). With José Namen, Marcos Suzano, and Bororó, Faria recorded Beatles, Um Tributo Brasileiro. He recorded Janelas Abertas with Carol Saboya and Três/Three with Nico Assumpção and Lincoln Chieb. With Nico Assumpção, Carlos Malta, and Lincoln Cheib, he formed the group Ninho de Vespas. Faria studied at the Guitar Institute of Technology (Hollywood, CA) with Joe Diorio, Joe Pass, Scott Henderson, and Frank Gambale for one year, taking contemporary harmony and guitar classes with Ted Greene. He has developed music workshops throughout Brazil and the U.S., having recorded the first videoclass produced in Brazil for Giannini Instruments, Toque de Mestre, as well as the video Ginga Brasileira with Antônio Adolfo, released abroad as Secrets of Brazilian Music. Faria also wrote the books A Arte da Improvisação (Lumiar Editora) and The Brazilian Guitar Book (Sher Music Co.). ~ Alvaro Neder

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'90s, '00s