The “City of Light”, as Paris is affectionately known, is a symbol of French and World culture, bringing over more than 30 million visitors and standing out in fashion, art and culture scenarios. A lot of artistic movements, such as expressionism and surrealism were born there, and also, important characters of art and philosophy - René Descartes, Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Émile Zola, Simone de Beauvoir e Edith Piaf.
The city also has received many foreign artists, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, Gabriel García Márquez, Mario Vargas Llosa, Francis Scott Fitzgerald, Joyce and Oscar Wilde.
Over the years, Brazilian music has been strongly disseminated in Paris by talented Brazilian artists who ended up spreading their music over there. Mauricio Carrilho, brilliant violonist, is one of the names that has already performed and recorded in the city.
Mauricio Carrilho Career
Mauricio Carrilho was born in Rio de Janeiro. He is a musician, producer, and a popular Brazilian song researcher. He is also a Lineu Bravo’s client. He started his career in 1977, taking part of many musical groups such as “Carioquinhas” and “O Trio”.
In the late 90’s, Mauricio established a record label with Luciana Rabello, the “Acarei Records”, where he has been doing a great research about Choro.
The musician also develops a great work on education, travelling around Brazil, attending workshops based on Choro (the first popular Brazilian music genre).
Mauricio Carrilho in Paris
In 1993, he founded the group “O Trio”, in which he acted as violinist alongside with Paulo Sérgio Santos, who played the clarinet and Pedro Amorim playing the mandolin. The group recorded, in Paris, their first record, also in 1993.
Mauricio Carrilho has already performed at the Theatre Des Champs Elysées, in Paris, with the conductor Kurt Masur, performing “Suíte para Violão de Sete Cordas e Orquestra”. The same composition has also been performed by Yamandu Costa, with the Brazilian Symphonic Orchestra, conducted by Roberto Minczuc.
Mauricio Carrilho and the Lineu Bravo guitar
Mauricio got a Lineu Bravo guitar in 2006, a 7-string guitar with Canadian cedro top.
At the time, he gave his instrument to an Australian friend, the musician Doug De Vries, who played the guitar and felt in love with it, but he could not wait his own to be ready. Mauricio says he did it because he was sure he would receive an instrument as good as the one he had.
So, Lineu Bravo made a second guitar for him, just like the another one.
Since then, the musician has been disseminating his talent around the world, including Paris. So, the Brazilian music has been very well represented out there, with a Lineu Bravo guitar.
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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.
The luthier Lineu Bravo has been on the Workshop “7-String, technique and style”, that took place at the Eco Sound Studios, Rio de Janeiro. Rogério Caetano e Marco Pereira, acclaimed musicians and clients of the luthier, have delivered the event with mastery and Lineu was at disposal to talk about lutherie, the art of instrument construction.
The event attended all the interested in 7-string guitar language, even the ones who don’t play the instrument.
“7-String, technique and style”, the book
The workshop was based on the book “7-String, technique and style”, written by Rogério Caetano in 2010 in partnership with Marco Pereira. The work is a method that approaches in details all the 7-string guitar technique mainly in “choro” and “samba”, Brazilian typical music styles. Rogério Caetano method is very helpful for those who want to learn how to play a 7-string guitar.
The book approaches all the 7-string guitar mechanics, as well as detailed explanations about scales, movements and cadences. It contains an introduction of schematic and classic models, exercises, and, also, a CD with recorded examples.
The 7-string guitar language
The method described in the book was idealized according to Rogério Caetano and Marco Pereira’s vision of guitar practices, and was the main theme of the workshop.
The musicians, apart from contemplating the legacy left by the masters who have left their mark on the 7-string guitar history in Brazil, have also presented the way the new generation of musicians honors the masters and have them as artistic references. The appropriation of the historical legacy ends up transforming the language of this instrument, since there is a dialogue between the history and the present.
Do you know how a luthier works? The construction of instruments is an art that demands time, talent and dedication. A single handmade instrument takes months to be built and, during this process, the art is born.
In the workshop, the luthier uses many tools to fit each component in its place, each string, each part of the guitar, cavaco or, maybe, mandolin.
There are molds, in different sizes and forms, for each instrument, that, after a long time of work, become artisanal music instruments: cavaquinho, mandolin, nylon guitar, tenor guitar, 7-string-steel guitar.
Some pieces are so delicate that, in order to be fit and shaped with precision, it is necessary to use a magnifying glass. The nut (little piece of bone made out of the shin of the ox) that holds the strings of the instrument, is one of them.
Another frequently used tool in the workshop is the clamp. There are a lot of sizes of clamps and they are helpful to fix the parts of the music instruments.
The handmade construction of instruments, as we see, is an art, and the artist, the luthier, molds, creates, invents and reinvents.