The musician Swami Antunes de Campos Jr, aka Swami Jr, has been in love with music since he was a Young boy. It couldn’t have been different, once he was brought up in the music scene. His great-grandfather played the piano, accordion and mandolin and his father plays the guitar and is a singer. Swami was a music teacher, teaching guitar, bass and arrangement lessons, but nowadays he has no time for classes because of the tours and recordings.
The talented artist plays 7-string guitar and electric bass and he adopts as his style the popular tradition of Brazilian guitar, mixed with jazz, erudite, African and Cuban music elements.
He composes since he was 12, and many Brazilian artists have recorded his songs, such as: Zizi Possi, Virgínia Rosa, Vânia Bastos, José Miguel Wisnik, Luís Felipe Gama and Ana Luiza.
Swami has already recorded in partnership with many important Brazilian musicians such as: Marco Pereira, Chico Pinheiro, Luciana Souza and Chico César. Besides, he has been on the road worldwide with a very famous Cuban singer, Omara Portuondo, for 7 years, as her music director and guitarist. Swami Jr has a 30-year brilliant career.
Lineu Bravo guitar
In 2011, Swami Jr got to know the Lineu Bravo Luthier’s work and, shortly after, he ordered his guitar, a 7-string nylon guitar with Canadian Cedro top, Indian Jacarandá back and Ébano elevated fingerboard.
About his guitar, the musician says: “The instrument is wonderful! Each day I like it even more.”
Source: Músicos do Brasil
Lineu has talked about all the trajectory of his solid career and has revealed a fifteen-month waiting list for ordering his instruments.
Last August, Lineu Bravo gave an interview to a pilot Project about Culture, organized by Vana Campos and Doca Corbett. He received the group in his workshop, in Taubaté, a city of São Paulo, and talked about lutherie, music, career, etc.
Highlight: queue and clients
Lineu told the writer Vana Campos about his solid career and revealed a fifteen-month waiting list for ordering his instruments, confirming the satisfaction of his great list of notable clients (Chico Buarque, João Bosco, Ana Carolina, Yamandu Costa, Guinga, Gabriel Sater are some of the artists with Lineu Bravo guitar.)
Mr. Bravo, who organizes his own routine at work, revealed how the contact with clients happens, normally by word of mouths and by the social media.
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During the interview, Lineu Bravo showed his workshop and explained all the instrument construction process, giving details about all the kinds of wood that composes the guitar, the characteristics of each part and, still, the personality of the instruments.
The conversation also approached the luthier relationship with music, his preferences and musical ear. Soon, news about the program organized by Vana Campos, Doca Corbett and team.
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.