Learn more about João Lyra’s career, Lineu Bravo’s client

João Lyra, who was born in Alagoas, is a multi-talented guy: musician, composer and arranger.

He started his musical career because he was influenced by his Family: his mom used to play “cavaco” and his brother encouraged him to play the guitar. In Maceió, he participated in many Brazilian Popular Music groups, however Choro and Bossa Nova have always been a priority in his musical life.

He studied classic guitar with José Carrion and he used to lesson at Pernambuco Conservatorium of Music. Besides, João has also taken part in Pernambuco “Cordas Dedilhadas” Orchestra.

He was also a member of Nana Caimmy band and, along his career, he has recorded with many artists such as: Gal Costa, Gilberto Gil, Djavan, Ivan Lins, Elba Ramalho, Chico Buarque, João Bosco.

João Lyra and Lineu Bravo guitar/Picture: João Lyra

João Lyra and Lineu Bravo guitar/Picture: João Lyra

João Lyra and Lineu Bravo Guitars

João Lyra is one of the few artists who have two guitars made by luthier Lineu Bravo. In 2006, the luthier built a “Requinto” guitar and, in 2009, a 6-string “Abeto” guitar for the musician, who left a testimonial about his instruments: “I play the guitars made by the great Brazilian luthier Lineu Bravo. I have a “Requinto”, which is a preciousness, and a “Pinho”; this one from the picture. Another rare jewel! Have you ever seen anyone who was born speaking? That’s what happens to Lineu Bravo guitars! Overwhelming sonority! Congratulations, friend Lineu, you rock!”

João Lyra and Lineu Bravo guitar/Picture: João Lyra

João Lyra and Lineu Bravo guitar/Picture: João Lyra

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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.

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Mike Bevan releases new album with Brazilian influence and playing Lineu Bravo guitar, in partnership with Andy Bevan

Australian musician Mike Bevan disseminates Brazilian music playing 7-string Lineu Bravo guitar on his new album

Mike Bevan with his Lineu Bravo guitar

Mike Bevan with his Lineu Bravo guitar

The renowned Australian musician Mike Bevan has recently released an album with a lot of Brazilian influence. Mike disseminates ‘Choro’ around the world playing an instrument made by the luthier Lineu Bravo: a 7-string guitar made of Canadian Cedar top, Indian Jacaranda back and ebony elevated fretboard.

Bevan got to know about Lineu’s work through the musician Mauricio Carrilho (also Lineu’s client). Then, after seeing a Lineu Bravo guitar with Australian Doug de Vries, he made up his mind.

Mike finally placed his order, and in 2010 he received his 7-string guitar.

Apart from Mike Bevan, other Australian artists play Lineu Bravo guitar, such as Doug De Vries and Julian Scheffer.

Mike and Andy Bevan music career

The Australian musicians Mike and Andy Bevan were brought up in Adelaide, Australia, and started their music career when they were still very young: Mike playing 7-string guitar and Andy flute and sax. They used to play rock, blues and jazz, and later, Brazilian music.

Becoming very talented and highly respected musicians, they began to go their separate ways: Mike performing jazz, blues and Brazilian music in Brazil, Australia, Japan, Korea and the US. It is worth mentioning that he has played at “Adelaide International Guitar Festival” in partnership with two remarkable Lineu Bravo clients: Yamandu Costa from Brazil and Doud de Vries from Australia.

Meanwhile, Andy Bevan traveled to Indonesia, Thailand, Nepal and India, always absorbing the various cultures and musical traditions of these places. At last, he settled in Japan, where he currently plays and records with Japan’s top artists.

Andy Bevan/Picture: Andy Bevan Music

Andy Bevan/Picture: Andy Bevan Music

New album and Brazilian influence

Despite living at opposite sides of the world, Mike and Andy Bevan have managed to keep playing together all along their adult lives. At the end of 2016, they decided to create their first formal recording together titled “Never Too Far Away”, with original compositions and singular arrangements that exude sensitivity inspired by a range of genres. In this video, we can see a ‘Choro’ composed by them:

It is possible to find a lot of Brazilian influence in the album, such as Guinga and Mauricio Carrilho (Lineu Bravo clients and respected Brazilian musicians).

Source: Stick Tickets

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.

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Learn more about associations that disseminates Brazilian music in Europe, such as Club du Choro in Paris

Choro is all over the word. This typically Brazilian music style has an association in Paris called Club du Choro. This is very important to disseminate Brazilian culture and music.

Picture: XII Festival Internacional do Reencontro do Choro em Paris, 2016/ Facebook Club du Choro de Paris

Picture: Facebook Club du Choro de Paris

The Club du Choro was created in 2011 to promote Choro in Europe. The members of the club are: president Guy Le Roux (violonist), Maria Inês Guimarães (pianist), Julien Hamard e Beatriz Gomes. Their main influences are: Pixinguinha, Jacob do Bandolim, Ernesto Nazareth and Chiquinha Gonzaga.

The association offers open courses to the public. The classes are collective practices and it helps the students to develop musical technique and interpretation. It also approaches rhythmic patterns and improvisation. At the end of the courses, the students perform at concerts.

Some of the courses available

– Orchestra Workshop

The students study and play Choro in groups. The repertory is diversified and the list includes many Lineu Bravo clients, such as: Chico Buarque, João Lyra, Jayme Vignoli. The teachers: Thierry Moncheny, Jef Calmard, Maria Inês Guimarães and Wander Pio.

– Instrumental Workshops

This course offers percussion and tambourine classes, included in the universe of Brazilian rhythm, for instance: choro, maxixe, carioca samba,  maracatu,  ciranda.

– Guitar classes

The club offers 7-string and 6-string guitar classes with Thierry Moncheny as a teacher.

Picture: Club du Choro de Paris

Picture: Club du Choro de Paris

– “Cavaco”

Cavaco classes for begginers and professionals, with the teacher Jef Calmard.

Choro Groups in Paris

Besides the courses, they organize Choro performances every week. Many groups play Choro in Paris, such as:

– Bécots da Lapa

Picture: Club du Choro de Paris

Picture: Club du Choro de Paris

– Duo in Uno

Picture: Club du Choro de Paris

Picture: Club du Choro de Paris

– Maria Inês Guimarães Quartet

Picture: Club du Choro de Paris

Picture: Club du Choro de Paris

– Pingo de choro

Picture: Club du Choro de Paris

Picture: Club du Choro de Paris

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The group Choro de Minas, quartet in which two of the members play Lineu Bravo instruments, has launched a DVD in Minas Gerais

Last April, the group Choro de Minas launched in Betim, city in Minas Gerais, a DVD called “Choro de Minas” at the Minas Gerais University Conservatorium. The quartet is composed by the musicians Dudu Braga (cavaco), Silvio Carlos (7-string guitar), Ramon Braga (tambourine) and Marcos Flávio (trombone).

The DVD was recorded live at the “Casa de Cultura Josephina Bento”, in Betim. It contains authorial pieces and Choro classics on the repertoire and it has great relevance because of the lack of instrumental DVD’s of this type.

In May, the radio program Roda de Choro broadcast all the DVD songs. Also, the audio was retransmitted for more than 224 Brazilian radio programs, apart from Japan and Angola.

The group recording the DVD

The group recording the DVD

The Group

Composed by four of the greatest Choro artistis from Minas Gerais, the group celebrates its 10 years of activities and it has already performed in many national and international musical festivals. It was de first group of Minas Gerais that performed in the “Choro de Brasilia” club.

Members

The quartet is composed by Dudu Braga (cavaco), musical producer, Marcos Flávio (trombone), teacher at the University of Minas Gerais, Silvio Carlos (7-string guitar), founder of a group called “Flor de Abacate” and Ramon Braga, multi-instrumentalist and Choro specialist.

Lineu Bravo Instruments

In the quartet, two of the members play Lineu Bravo instruments: Dudu Braga, a cavavo, which was delivered in 2014, and Silvio Carlos, two 7-string steel guitar Rogério Caetano model, delivered in 2014 and 2015.

Source: Música UFMG

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