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.
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.
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.
On the front side of the instrument, Felipe painted Joni Mitchell image, a Canadian singer and visual artist:
On the back side, there is a Zelia Duncan painting also made by the artist:
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
The musician, who is releasing a new album named ‘O Alvorecer’ in partnership with Sai Conde, also left a testimonial about 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.
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
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.
Another talented international artist disseminates Brazilian music through a Lineu Bravo Guitar! We are talking about Julian Scheffer, an Australian musician that, with Paul Carey, compose contemporary Brazilian music in Australia.
Paul and Julian are completely in love with the Brazilian music and they have spent some time in Brazil studying and playing, specially “Choro”, which makes this partnership come up with a very interesting sound: Brazilian music from the perspective of two Australian artists. This typically Brazilian music style, which is played by them, has a very famous artist in Brazil as a patron: Pixinguinha, and it demands a lot of the artist skills on the instrument, apart from a very good perception of codes that will generate great improvisation.
Their first musical meeting was in 2010, in Rio de Janeiro. There, they devised the project and developed a great friendship. Since then, the project came to life and has been consolidated. So, in 2012, they finally got to record their first CD, in Melbourne, Australia.
Julian and the Lineu Bravo Guitar
During his stay in Brazil, Julian met Lineu’s work and promptly decided to order his 7-steel string guitar. And, once again, Brazilian music has been disseminated through a Lineu Bravo Guitar!