The guitarist and composer Lucas Telles purchased in 2013 the first 7-steel string guitar Rogério Caetano model with pine top made by the luthier Lineu Bravo. Before that, in 2010, the luthier built him a 7-nylon string guitar.
Lucas describes how he got familiar with Lineu Bravo’s work: “I know his guitars since when he lived in Ouro Preto, when some friends from Minas Gerais purchased his instruments. I met him in person in 2008, in Belo Horizonte, when Lineu came to deliver a guitar to a friend of mine. On that occasion, I was very interested in his guitars but I couldn´t afford them yet. Then, in 2009, I met him in a music festival, in Ourinhos, and played the guitar he had brought to Maurício Carrilho. So, I decided to order my first Lineu Bravo guitar. The second one, a 7-steel string guitar, I ordered after I saw it in Rogério Caetano’s house.”
About Lucas Telles Career
The guitarist and composer, who is from Juiz de Fora, is graduated in Music at the University of Minas Gerais.
The musician also has a degree at the Promusic Music School.
He had already played in partnership with Marku Ribas, Toninho Carrasqueira, Nailor Proveta, Zé Nogueira, Waldir Silva, Mauro Zockratto and Leo Eymard.
Lucas Telles studies composition and has a group named “Toca de Tatu”.
Lucas Telles testimonial about his Lineu Bravo guitars
“Lineu Bravo guitar is amazing. I’ve taken it with me for 8 years during trips, shows and recordings. It has a beautiful timbre and a very active bass, apart from its unique playability. It is one of the most requested guitars in Brazil and I am honored to have two pieces with me.”
About Lineu Bravo
Lineu Bravo is an autodidact luthier and fond of good music. From an early age he developed intimacy with wood at his father workshop. He built his first instrument when he was 14. Since then, his guitars, ‘cavacos’, mandolins and ‘violas’ have been purchased by respected musicians. Guinga, Marcus Tardelli, Zélia Duncan, Marco Pereira, João Bosco, Yamandú Costa, Chico Buarque, Ulisses Rocha, Hamilton de Holanda, Ângela Muner, Rogério Caetano, Maurício Carrilho, Luciana Rabello, João Lyra, Maurício Marques, Edson Lopes, Alessandro Penezzi, Juarez Moreira, Fernando César, Jayme Vignoli, Flávio Apro, Giacomo Bartoloni, Swami Jr, Rosa Passos, Ana Carolina, Zé Paulo Becker, and Douglas Lora are some of them.
Lineu Bravo Luthier has just finished an international order. It was requested by Ken Murray, a teacher at Melbourne University, Australia, in November 2014. The five instruments are: a seven string guitar, a tenor guitar, a “cavaco”, a mandolin and a “caipira” guitar. The delivery is going to take place in May 2016.
The instruments are going to be sent to the the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (MCM) at the University of Melbourne, where Doug de Vreis, also Lineu Bravo’s client, is the main teacher of Brazilian guitar in the contemporary guitar course.
Paulo Aragao visited the school two years ago and worked with the students over three weeks. Ken says that, since then, they realized the importance of developing more ensemble arrangements for the students and exploring a wider range of instrument combinations. He applied for a grant from the university for 5 instruments to help them realize these intentions, and they were successful.
Here is an excerpt from the funding proposal for these instruments, already approved: “This project aims to build a unique set of five Brazilian stringed instruments made by Brazil’s foremost guitar luthier Lineu Bravo for use by MCM students in both contemporary and classical guitar programs. This combination of instruments is not owned by another Australian University.”.
They are planning a concert in December to showcase the new instruments. “This will be led by Doug de Vries and includes a number of staff and students from the MCM, including myself and Adam May. The concert will also coincide with an international symposium on the history of the guitar.”, says Ken Murray.
Melbourne University was founded in 1853 and is the 33rd best university in the world, according to the “Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016”, and in Australia, it is the number one.
It is a public university that stands out in the following areas: Arts, Human Science and Biomedical Science, with almost 40.000 students.
The Conservatorium of Music provides graduation and post-graduation programs of the highest quality apart from a diverse range of innovative and creative research. Their staff are among the most gifted and passionate musicians, teachers and researchers in Australia, and they challenge and inspire our students to become future leaders in music.
The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music hosts a regular series of concerts by students and staff, as well as high profile Australian and international guests.
In 2001, Lineu Bravo started his career as a luthier. Since then, he has built a solid career, collecting many remarkable clients who have been delighted with his art. How many guitars and ‘cavaquinhos’ have already been born in his atelier?
This year, on March 28th, Lineu Bravo reaches the age of 50. And, to celebrate this date, the luthier who was born in Sorocaba and moved to Taubaté 7 years ago, has chosen to impress a mark in his art. At present, Lineu is preparing a special edition of his musical instruments.
The first of this special edition is already in progress and will belong to the great guitar player and composer Rogério Caetano, who names one of Lineu Bravo’s guitar: the Lineu Bravo 7-string guitar of Brazilian steel – Rogério Caetano design. It is worth remembering that the partnership has joined the talent of both in a search for an innovative instrument that could recover what had been lost in the past.
The special edition of instruments will be available for sale. Part of these instruments will have a singular mark: a personalized mother-of-pearl inscription stamped on the guitar head.