A customized guitar for a famous singer and a piece of art on display at a hotel chain: projects in partnership

Luthier Lineu Bravo has got a piece of art with his portrait, made by his friend Felipe Rezende, a talented visual artist that tries to express people’s emotion when painting them. Lineu’s portrait was created after a photo session that they made together: “I gave it to him as a gift, on a piece of wood, which is the substance of his work”, says Felipe.

Felipe Rezende masterpiece

Felipe Rezende masterpiece

This piece of art with Lineu’s face is also on display at a famous hotel chain. Felipe started a partnership with “Hotel Ibis” in 2016, when he took part in a revitalization project in Taubaté, São Paulo, with two other professionals: architect Carol Miranda and a furniture restorer. On the occasion, the visual artist developed the wall painting there.

After this project, Felipe received an invitation to work in another hotel named “Ibis Styles”, in São Paulo. Felipe chose his friends’ portraits, such as Lineu Bravo piece of art, to put on the toilet doors of the hotel.

Lineu Bravo at Hotel Ibis, in São Paulo

Lineu Bravo at Hotel Ibis, in São Paulo

Felipe Rezende masterpiece

Felipe Rezende masterpiece

Felipe Rezende masterpiece

Felipe Rezende masterpiece

The visual artist Felipe Rezende

The visual artist Felipe Rezende

Felipe Rezende, Lineu Bravo and Zélia Duncan Guitar

Luthier and visual artist thinking together: Lineu Bravo and Felipe Rezende conceived a project to customize musical instruments for artists, such as Brazilian singer Zélia Duncan. The idea and the art for Zélia’s guitar were created by the luthier and the visual artist in 2015 and 2016.

Felipe Rezende said that the partnership with Lineu started when they got closed thanks to a graphite that he had painted at Lineu’s house. “We ended up becoming friends and one day he told me about this idea of customizing some instruments for artists”.

They worked for 6 months and, during this period, they thought about theme, image, concept, and researched a lot of facts about Zélia’s life. The artist tells how the process was: “We have found out that she was a Joni Mitchell fan, so we started the production: Me, at my atelier, and Lineu at his workshop. He handed me the guitar so I could draw and write poetry excerpts inside the box. When he finished the guitar, he gave it to me so I could paint outside, too. I painted Joni Mitchell portrait on the front side and decided to paint Zélia’s image on the back side, because I had found a beautiful picture of her in which she seems to hold a guitar as a gift. After that, Lineu finished the instrument with a varnish layer and gave me the case, so I splashed it with ink.”. In October 2016, Lineu Bravo went to Zélia’s concert and gave her the gift.

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On the front side of the instrument, Felipe painted Joni Mitchell image, a Canadian singer and visual artist:

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On the back side, there is a Zelia Duncan painting also made by the artist:

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Pictures: Pedro Ivo Prates

Felipe Rezende, (ifi)

Felipe is an architect and also teaches at a Brazilian University named “Anhanguera”, in Taubaté, city of São Paulo. He is also a researcher at University of Taubaté.

Felipe gives cultural workshops at schools and owns a workshop named “Casa Oficina”, in Taubaté, where he lives and develops his visual art projects.

The artist expresses his ideas through words, painting, walls, tissues, ground and canvas.

About Zelia Duncan

Zélia Duncan is a phenomenon as a high-selling singer/composer and has sold 160,000 copies of her Zélia Duncan album. Since 1994, she has been a major national success, touring through countries of Europe in 1996 and also winning awards from critics in Brazil.

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, 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 Facebook Page

- Felipe Rezende Facebook Page

- Felipe Rezende Oficial Website

- Felipe Rezende Instagram

The musician, who is releasing a new album named ‘O Alvorecer’ in partnership with Sai Conde, also left a testimonial about Lineu Bravo guitar

Guilherme Lamas and his Lineu Bravo guitar

Guilherme Lamas and his Lineu Bravo guitar

Playing a Lineu Bravo guitar, the musician Guilherme Lamas is releasing, this year, his new album named “O Alvorecer”, in honor of the Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth. Guilherme, since 2015, has been playing in a duo with the Colombian Sai Conde, who plays a mandolin made by the luthier Diego Valencia.

They started playing together when Guilherme and Sai Conde met each other in Barão Geraldo, near Unicamp (University of Campinas), where both do a master’s degree.

Sai Conde and Guilherme Lamas, with his Lineu Bravo guitar

Sai Conde and Guilherme Lamas, with his Lineu Bravo guitar

In this new album, the mandolin is the soloist and the 7-string steel guitar made by Lineu Bravo plays the support and also the melodies of the lowest-sounding timbres of the instrument.

The musicians are performing the release show in a different way, playing unknown music. The idea is to play the material that has been studied at the university. For this reason, Guilherme is playing his Lineu Bravo guitar all over Brazil.

– 19/05: Espaço Cultural Dodecafônico, Jundiaí-SP, 20h

– 21/05: Conservatório Pro Música, Campinas-SP, 17h

– 25/05: Clube Hípica, Centro Cultural Senzala, 21h

– 26/05: Adunicamp Unicamp, Campinas-SP, 20h

– 03/06: Teatro do Sesc Campinas-SP, 16h30

– 10/06: Projeto Pontes Musicais, Campinas- SP, 11h

– 10/06: Espaço 91 SP, São Paulo-SP, 20h

 Guilherme Lamas and his Lineu Bravo guitar

Guilherme Lamas, musician and researcher at University of Campinas, plays a 7-string steel Lineu Bravo Guitar Rogério Caetano model that he purchased in 2016.

The musician got to know some nylon Lineu Bravo guitars in 2005, when he studied at Tatuí Conservatorium. Back then, he played some renowned artists instruments: Rafael Thomaz, Alessandro Penezzi, Maurício Carrilho, Paulo Aragão.

Guilherme found everything he was looking for: “In 2010, I started studying more the 7-string steel guitar and I was looking for the perfect instrument for me regarding timbre, volume, stability, playability and tuning. Lineu Bravo guitar had everything that I wanted since I like to play at the highest-sounding timbres.”

Take a look at the testimonial Guilherme left about luthier Lineu Bravo instrument: “The 7-string steel Lineu Bravo guitar is a masterpiece, I am very happy to have it in my everyday life. When I picked up my guitar at his workshop and played it for the first time, I was already very impressed by the instrument: timbre, volume, stability, playability, tuning…It is an instrument that can be used to play not only at the lowest-sounding timbres but also at the highest. I really want to say that Lineu Bravo work is absolutely trustworthy. Congratulations and thank you very much.”

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, 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.

- Guilherme Lamas Oficial Website 

 – Guilherme Lamas Facebook Page 

 – Guilherme Lamas Youtube channel 

- Lineu Bravo Luthier Facebook Page

 

"I have a great esteem for Lineu Bravo’s Guitar”

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Chico Buarque got to know Lineu Bravo’s guitar through composer Guinga, who is also Lineu’s client. Guinga, in a meeting with friends, commented on the guitar he had just purchased and showed it to Chico, who got immediately interested.

Guinga was the mediator of this partnership, and, in 2006, delivered the guitar to Chico Buarque.

As for the purchase, Chico has left his testimonial: “I have a great esteem for Lineu Bravo’s guitar. Apart from its everlasting beauty, it is a composer itself.”

The guitar is in the video clip “Ela Faz Cinema”:

Chico Buarque biography

Francisco Buarque de Holanda, great Brazilian musician, composer and playwright, better known as Chico Buarque de Holanda, was born in Rio de Janeiro, 1944.

Son of the historian Sérgio Buarque de Holanda and the pianist Maria Amélia Cesário Alvim, made his public debut as musician and composer when he won the First Popular Brazilian Song Festival, with the music “A Banda”, performed by Nara Leão. After that, he gained the respect of the public and specialized critics. During his career, he made important partnerships with famous Brazilian composers and singers, such as: Vinícius de Moraes, Tom Jobim, Toquinho, Milton Nascimento, Caetano Veloso, etc. Chico has three daughters: Silvia, Helena e Luíza. As a writer, he has published many prominent books. His last novels are: “Budapeste” (2003), “Leite Derramado” (2009) and “O Irmão Alemão” (2014).

- Chico Buarque Facebook

- Lineu Bravo’s News on his Facebook Page

 

Lineu Bravo luthier no Papo VanguardaThat’s how the Luthier Lineu Bravo explains it to the reporter Vinicius Valverde, in an interview for Papo Vanguarda (a Brazilian TV Show), his unique intuition and endless search for the perfect sound. Lineu Bravo was one of the stars of a TV Show broadcasted in December 2013. “I use to humorously copy Glauber Rocha, who says: ‘A photographic camera in the hand and an idea in the head’. Well, in my case, that would be: ’a piece of wood in the hand and a sound in the head’. “I chase this sound.” Says the luthier, referring to the importance of the sonority on the process of constructing handmade instruments. He also described the start of his career as a guitar maker and ‘cavaquinhos’. As a child, he would repeatedly ask his father, who was a woodworker, about the wood remains: “Is there anything left?”, as he was always searching for material to construct his wood inventions. Lineu also told the reporter when he pranked Chico Buarque and about a remarkable situation that he had with Yamandú Costa. Are you curious? Watch it!

Lineu Bravo at Papo Vanguarda

Nico Ferreira (a guitar player from Taubate) plays Lineu Bravo guitar during Papo Vanguarda TV Show

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