Lenine, a renowned Brazilian artist, plays a Lineu Bravo guitar

The musician, who was born in Recife, sings his own compositions made into verses that reflect topics about our generation

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The luthier Lineu Bravo was recently surprised by watching on television the show “Em Trânsito” by the musician Lenine. During the performance, Lenine sings along with his band and plays a lot of guitars. At one point, he plays, without his band, a Lineu Bravo guitar. The luthier immediately recognized the instrument and was staggered by that.

Lineu Bravo said that he does not know any more details about his discovery: “I recognized the instrument but I don’t know which one it could be, and I don’t’ know how he got it.” The mystery continues, and the luthier leaves a question: “Can anyone help me solve this mystery?”

About Lenine

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Lenine is a Brazilian artist who sings his own compositions and makes verses that explain our time. For him, word and music have always walked hand in hand.
He was born in Recife, on February 2nd, 1959, and his first music references are: Ângela Maria, Cyro Monteiro, Bach, Chopin, Jackson do Pandeiro, Miltinho, Ary Lobo and Dorival Caymmi.
About his music, Lenine explains: “They say I make music that mixes Brazilian culture with worldwide culture. Sounds that don’t fit in a unique genre and with no boundaries. I agree. At least, I try.”
Lenine went to Rio de Janeiro in the late 70s, searching for a career progression.
With composer friends, he followed his way composing and creating, trying to survive producing Brazilian Popular Music when everyone was playing Rock music: “It was not easy, but it certainly was essential for what I do today”.
He performed in partnership with a lot of talented musicians over his career, such as: Fernanda Abreu, O Rappa, Milton Nascimento, Maria Rita, Maria Bethânia and Elba Ramalho.
Lenine, who loves producing his own albums, has also produced for some friends such as Maria Rita, Chico César and Pedro Luis e a Parede.
About his albums: “I think “Olho de Peixe” is the most important album of my career. Because it helped me to find out that the music can take me wherever I want”.

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.

Maximillian Rudd, Lineu Bravo’s Australian client, orders second guitar

Video recently published by Max overwhelmed luthier Lineu Bravo

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The musician Maximillian Rudd, Lineu Bravo’s Australian client, studies Brazilian music and he is graduated at Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Max liked his 7-string guitar that was made for him so much that he decided to order the second one, just like the other: with Indian Jacaranda Cedar. Now, he has one for tours and another one for recordings!

About Maximillian Rudd

Brazilian seven-string guitar virtuoso and vocalist Maximillian Rudd delivers a dynamic show of original music based on his eclectic array of Brazilian, blues and roots influences.

Maximillian Rudd is a young Aussie guitarist at the forefront of an international Brazilian guitar explosion. Alongside his Brazilian seven-string guitar, Maximillian is hard at the coalface, experimenting with the unlikely fusion of Latin American, jazz, blues and roots influences.

An accomplished guitarist with formal training in classical and jazz at the prestigious Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Maximillian has extensively pursued the music of Brazil both in Australia and in South America. Maximillian’s sound is uniquely his own, arising from his eclectic musical journey, beginning the guitar at the age of seven and intensely developing his craft ever since. Maximillian’s edge resides in his undisputed instrumental ability, which has become the trademark of his live set.

Maximillian has played at some of Victoria’s premier music festivals, such as Port Fairy Folk Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival and St Kilda Festival.

Debut album Maximillian released in 2017

Playing a Brazilian seven-string guitar, Maximillian is undeniably a student of the ‘violão brasileiro,’ the great tradition of Brazilian guitar, taking his place as a burgeoning outsider amongst a lineage of Brazilian guitarists and musical innovators, from Baden Powell, to Raphael Rabello and beyond.

As an instrumentalist and occasional vocalist, Maximillian’s performance engages with seasoned ears, hinting at the ‘this and that’ of modern guitar culture, sewing it all together with the subtle creativity of an eclectic musical upbringing. The album draws together the ever-colliding worlds of the Americas, from New Orleans southward bound, rendering it a series of portraits within which listeners can glimpse the nuances of music’s global mobility in the modern era of mass media, from the personal perspective of a young Australian artist.

 

Maximillian Rudd and Lineu Bravo guitar

Maximillian Rudd ordered this first 7-string Lineu Bravo guitar with Indian Jacaranda in 2011. He liked it so much that, in 2018, he decided to order the second one with the same setting. Now, the musician has one for tours and another one for recordings!

 

Learn more about Ricardo Giuffrida, Lineu Bravo client

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Luthier Lineu Bravo has built a 7 string guitar for Ricardo Giuffruda. The musician is a guitarist, composer, arranger and also a record studio musician, soloist and writer at Guitar Player Magazine.

Ricardo Giuffrida’s Career

Ricardo Giuffrida, who was born in São Paulo, is considered one of the exponents of Brazilian guitar. He has a unique style with refinement and virtuosity. He has already performed in the USA and Europe.

Ricardo has created a lot of music methods and his last book is about the universe of the guitar from Pop Music to Jazz.

The musician has already played with Mozart Mello, Guinga, Conrado Paulino, André Martins and Duca Belintani.

Ricardo Giuffrida testimonial about his 7 strinf guitar built by the luthier Lineu Bravo

“Lineu is an artist. Had he not been a luthier, he would express himself through another type of art. But fortunately he chose the construction of guitars. As a luthier he is amazing. His instruments have a unique style. I’ve decide to purchase a 7 string guitar made by him because I think it is the best instrument ever. Lineu’s guitar is very special for me and it has a unique personality mainly at the Brazilian Music. Besides, he is one of the greatest luthiers in the world. His guitars are masterpieces that represent the Brazilian instrument.”

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.

Luthier Lineu Bravo and the art of building ‘cavaquinhos’

Guitar making is not Luthier Lineu Bravo’s only art. Another instrument that he makes with a lot of joy is the ‘cavaquinho’. The process is similar; however, it takes some special care because of the small pieces of the instrument. The luthier has to pay close attention to the details so that he can reach the perfect balance.

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The ‘cavaquinho’ has a special meaning to the luthier: “I really appreciate this instrument since it was the first one that I started playing when I was 10 and also the first one that I made when I was a teenager”, explains the luthier.

The construction of cavaquinho was a milestone in the luthier’s career, who asserts the importance of this experience: “The first instrument that I built was the cavaquinho. I used to play it so I ended up building other cavaquinhos. I used to make it as a hobby, and that’s how I got familiar with this art.”

For the luthier, building cavaquinhos was a big learning: “The cavaquinho is smaller and has a smaller speaker sound, so it demands much more attention to reach the balance and the perfection I need. You have to be much more careful when building cavaquinhos, that’s why it is easier to make bigger instruments”, explains Lineu.

Lineu Bravo admits how hard it is to obtain the perfect tuning on an instrument like this: “The cavaquinho is much more delicate, so it is harder to build it with a perfect tuning.”

When you master the art of making cavaquinhos, you master the art of building all the others: “When I found out the secret of how to have the perfect tuning on the cavaquinho, it became easier to build other instruments”.

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.