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.

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The musician, who has built a sucessful carreer, has been playing a Lineu Bravo guitar since 2010

Daniel Marques and his Lineu Bravo guitar/ Picture: Carol de Hollanda

Daniel Marques and his Lineu Bravo guitar/ Picture: Carol de Hollanda

The musician Daniel Marques, who has built an incredible career, makes all the Brazilians and luthier Lineu Bravo very proud. He has founded a Brazilian music program at Global Music Academy (Berlin, Germany), where he is a teacher. Apart from that, he is a producer at Brazilian Explorative Music Festival.

Daniel Marques collects important music awards – he was one of the best musicians of the year in Brazil, in 2015, and won the biggest music award as a producer at Brazilian Music Award, in 2010. Daniel also won The Akademia Music Awards, in L.A for the best instrumental composition, in 2016.

The musician has been playing and recording in partnership with renowned Brazilian artists, such as: Paulo Moura, Carlos Malta, Thiago Amud, Robertinho Silva, Zé Paulo Becker, Guinga, Yamandu Costa, Randy Brecker, Stanley Jordan, John Williams, Paco de Lucia and Charlie Hunter.

Daniel Marques and his Lineu Bravo Guitar

Daniel plays an instrument made by the luthier Lineu Bravo in 2010. The 7-string guitar has a Canadian cedar top and Jacaranda Back.

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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Everything started with a Lineu’s dream, in 2010

Lineu Bravo luthier has recently been at Hamilton de Holanda’s concert, an artist with a 30-year-old brilliant career. After the performance that took place at the Colina’s Theater in São José dos Campos, a city of São Paulo, they got together for a good talk.

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The luthier and the musician talked and recalled how Hamilton was surprised with a Lineu Bravo guitar, in 2010.

At that time, Lineu was finishing a 7-string requinto guitar, which is smaller than a regular one, for Yamandú Costa and, so, he had an unusual idea: to make a 5-string nylon tenor guitar (that has the same side of a requinto one). That would be an interesting instrument, since a tenor guitar is usually made of steel strings.

Lineu Bravo, then, decided to build that unusual guitar. But, who could play it? Who’d be the perfect musician that would perfectly fit in this new idea?

The meaningful dream

The answer came up from a memory about a dream Lineu had had a few months before. He was in a record store when, suddenly, he saw a CD with a white cover and the following sentence: “Hamilton de Holanda Náilon“.

From that memory, Lineu Bravo answered his own doubt and realized that the perfect musician to play his new nylon tenor guitar would be Hamilton de Holanda.

The tenor guitar became real after a meticulous handmade process and was send directly to its new owner without previous warning. Hamilton was surprised and remembers that moment: “That instrument was a great gift”.

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