NELSON ALMEIDA

Born in Cabo de Santo Agostinho (PE); PhD and Master in Composition from Keele University, UK; specialist in Music of the 20th Century (UFPB) and Fundamentals of Education (UFPE); and a degree in Music and Literature, both also from UFPE. He is currently a Professor at the UFPE Music Department. Works: Palmares (orchestra), A nau (orchestra), Presépio (wood quintet), Xilogravuras (can berimbau and chamber orchestra), Visagem (soprano and trio), Vitrais (bassoon and chamber orchestra), O vendedor de pirulitos (chamber orchestra), Calunga (brass trio and percussion), Ori (percussion octet), Nação (string orchestra), A caça (contralto flute, cello and harpsichord), João Teimoso (viola solo) A iara (set of recorders and guitar), Dança do Boi (set of recorders and guitar), Quaderna (string quartet).

VICTOR LUIZ

Born in Recife, graduated in Music from the Federal University of Pernambuco and in Artistic Studies from the University of Coimbra, Portugal, under the International Baccalaureate Program of the Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (Capes). He studied composition and violin, and he joined the Sound Baroque Ensemble, the UFPE Chamber Orchestra and the UFPE Symphony Orchestra. Among his works are: A lenda do bacurau, collage for symphonic orchestra; O ballet do Paranãbuku, suite for string quartet; Marimbau – passagem dos elefantes, electroacoustic for voice based on the poem by Mario Cezarine; Vitrais Cabalísticos, for chamber ensemble; and Nebel, for violin and piano.

SYRLANE ALBUQUERQUE

Born in Recife, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Composition from Dallas Baptist University (2009) and a Masters in Composition from Southern Methodist University (2012). She won the first place in Voices of Change Young Composers Competition. In 2013 she moved to New York, where she won three Composer’s Voice competitions and also had world premieres in the city. Her works have been premiered in Europe by the Romanian violinist Daniel Mihai, and in 2016, the Citizen Child Orchestra Meninos do Coque, in Recife, made the world debut of her piece called 3 movements for strings and percussion. Currently the composer lives in New York. Her technique combines classical music with dances and sounds from Brazil. Nostalgia, daily life, the Brazilian’s joy and the Northeasterners strength are constant themes throughout the composer’s work.

PAULO ARRUDA

Composer, arranger and double bassist from Recife. He studied with professors Dierson Torres, Marcos Araújo and Thales Silveira. He was twice a finalist in the Tinta Fresca contest, with the pieces Cangaço de vida e morte (2012) and Reza (2015) performed by the Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra. He was the winner of the 1st Moacir Santos Composition Competition for Symphonic Band, held in 2008 by the Pernambuco Conservatory of Music. He also had works performed by the Recife Symphony Orchestra, CPM Symphony Orchestra, CPM Symphonic Band, Plucked String Orchestra Retratos do Nordeste and Encore Quartet.

MAURO MAIBRADA

Guitarist, composer and teacher, Mauro Maibrada had his musical education based in Pernambuco. He studied in the 1970s in the courses of extension in Music of the Federal University of Pernambuco where he became a bachelor in Music. In the 80’s, he was part of the Movement of New Composers of Pernambuco. Already in the United States, he carried out his post-graduation studies, also in Music, acquiring a Master degree. His background in Musical Composition was guided by relevant names in the Brazilian and foreign music scene: Marlos Nobre, Marisa Rezende, Aylton Escobar and Dan Asia. Maibrada has his compositions heard in several countries, thanks to his aesthetic vision and comprehensive style, which echo Brazilian traits, allied to an eclectic and personal musical language.

NILSON LOPES

Born in Nazaré da Mata (PE), he is a composer, arranger, conductor and bass player. He holds a degree in Music from the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE) and a Master’s degree in Composition from the Federal University of Paraiba (UFPB), under the orientation of Eli-Eri Moura. He is the conductor of the Symphony Band of the Music Education Center of Olinda (Cemo), double bassist at the Symphonic Band of Recife, where he was the arranger, and was teacher of Harmony and Arrangement of the Pernambuco Conservatory of Music (CPM), having reached the 1st and 2nd places of the Moacir Santos Composition Competition, sponsored by CPM. He held workshops of arrangement and composition at UFPE, Cemo, Sesc Garanhuns and State Technical School of Musical Creativity. He has written works for important musical groups, such as the São Paulo Symphonic Jazz Orchestra, Symphonic Jazz + Spok, Recife Symphony Orchestra, CPM Symphony Orchestra, Recife City Symphony Band, Spok Frevo Orchestra, Citizen Child Orchestra, Paraíba Symphony Orchestra , Young Symphony Orchestra of Paraíba, Quinteto Violado, among others.

RICARDO BRAFMAN

Ricardo was born in London, England. As violinist and violist, he played in a number of ensembles that received coaching from members of many leading quartets in the UK and Europe. He was during three years a member of Hans Keller’s class at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. As an adolescent he became fascinated with rock, Brazilian popular music and jazz. For his PhD in musical composition at Goldsmiths College, University of London, he researched the influence of these musical styles — along with traditional music of northeastern Brazil — on his compositions. His music has been played in many countries, including at the Spitalfields Festival in London. He is on the staff of the Music Department at the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), where he teaches violin (jazz and related styles), composition and aural skills.

PAULO LIMA

He was born in Garanhuns in 1955, where he began his musical studies. In 1973 he received a scholarship from the Pernambuco Music Conservatory, where he studied violin. He studied Harmony, Counterpoint and Composition with Jaime Diniz and Marisa Rezende. Between 1978 and 1979, he performed as violinist at OSRN, where he met Dr. Won-Mo Kim, who invited him to be his student at the University of Georgia, where he studied Violin, Viola and Composition. He received a scholarship from CAPES and completed his Masters in Composition from the University of Florida in 1988. In 1994 he obtains the title of Doctor in Composition by the same University. Since 1995 he has been professor of Harmony and Composition at the Federal University of Pernambuco.

IVANUBIS

Natural from Recife, holds a degree in Music Education from the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), instrumentalist, composer and poet. He performed as a violist in the Young Symphony Orchestra of the Pernambuco Conservatory of Music (CPM) and in the Chamber Orchestra of the UFPE Sonoro Oficio in 2012. He also performed as a bandolinist in the Plucked Strings Orchestra Retratos do Nordeste and in the lyrical frevo block Eu Quero Mais, from Olinda. His works have already been performed outside of Pernambuco and in important festivals, such as the First International Festival of Classical Music of João Pessoa. He is a member of the group of composers from Pernambuco ReForma Sonata and in 2014 he launched his first book of poetry PsicoPOEISISgrafia do inconsciente ciente.

MATEUS ALVES

Born in Recife, he began his musical career at age 17 playing electric bass in pop and instrumental rock bands. Between 2008 and 2011, he joined the CPM’s Youth Symphony Orchestra as an acoustic bass player. He also integrated, between 2009 and 2010, the Youth Orchestra of Pernambuco. Accompanied renowned musicians such as Egberto Gismonti, Antônio Meneses, João Carlos Martins and Naná Vasconcelos. In 2010 he produced his first CD with his own compositions, Mateus Alves – chamber and orchestral music, with the support of Funcultura. In 2011, after graduating in Music from UFPE, he started his Masters in Composition at the Royal College of Music in London, completed in 2013. In the English capital he also participated in important festivals such as the London Jazz Festival 2011, as the double bassist of the Royal College of Music Big Band, and had pieces performed at festivals such as the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music 2012. Back in his hometown in 2013, Matthew began composing soundtracks for film, being awarded several times for his work in films such as Aquarius (2016), by Kleber Mendonça Filho, and Brazil S / A (2014), by Marcelo Pedroso. He is currently a substitute professor at UFPE.

NELSON ALMEIDA

Born in Cabo de Santo Agostinho (PE); PhD and Master in Composition from Keele University, UK; specialist in Music of the 20th Century (UFPB) and Fundamentals of Education (UFPE); and a degree in Music and Literature, both also from UFPE. He is currently a Professor at the UFPE Music Department. Works: Palmares (orchestra), A nau (orchestra), Presépio (wood quintet), Xilogravuras (can berimbau and chamber orchestra), Visagem (soprano and trio), Vitrais (bassoon and chamber orchestra), O vendedor de pirulitos (chamber orchestra), Calunga (brass trio and percussion), Ori (percussion octet), Nação (string orchestra), A caça (contralto flute, cello and harpsichord), João Teimoso (viola solo) A iara (set of recorders and guitar), Dança do Boi (set of recorders and guitar), Quaderna (string quartet).

VICTOR LUIZ

Born in Recife, graduated in Music from the Federal University of Pernambuco and in Artistic Studies from the University of Coimbra, Portugal, under the International Baccalaureate Program of the Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (Capes). He studied composition and violin, and he joined the Sound Baroque Ensemble, the UFPE Chamber Orchestra and the UFPE Symphony Orchestra. Among his works are: A lenda do bacurau, collage for symphonic orchestra; O ballet do Paranãbuku, suite for string quartet; Marimbau – passagem dos elefantes, electroacoustic for voice based on the poem by Mario Cezarine; Vitrais Cabalísticos, for chamber ensemble; and Nebel, for violin and piano.

SYRLANE ALBUQUERQUE

Born in Recife, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Composition from Dallas Baptist University (2009) and a Masters in Composition from Southern Methodist University (2012). She won the first place in Voices of Change Young Composers Competition. In 2013 she moved to New York, where she won three Composer’s Voice competitions and also had world premieres in the city. Her works have been premiered in Europe by the Romanian violinist Daniel Mihai, and in 2016, the Citizen Child Orchestra Meninos do Coque, in Recife, made the world debut of her piece called 3 movements for strings and percussion. Currently the composer lives in New York. Her technique combines classical music with dances and sounds from Brazil. Nostalgia, daily life, the Brazilian’s joy and the Northeasterners strength are constant themes throughout the composer’s work.

PAULO ARRUDA

Composer, arranger and double bassist from Recife. He studied with professors Dierson Torres, Marcos Araújo and Thales Silveira. He was twice a finalist in the Tinta Fresca contest, with the pieces Cangaço de vida e morte (2012) and Reza (2015) performed by the Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra. He was the winner of the 1st Moacir Santos Composition Competition for Symphonic Band, held in 2008 by the Pernambuco Conservatory of Music. He also had works performed by the Recife Symphony Orchestra, CPM Symphony Orchestra, CPM Symphonic Band, Plucked String Orchestra Retratos do Nordeste and Encore Quartet.

MAURO MAIBRADA

Guitarist, composer and teacher, Mauro Maibrada had his musical education based in Pernambuco. He studied in the 1970s in the courses of extension in Music of the Federal University of Pernambuco where he became a bachelor in Music. In the 80’s, he was part of the Movement of New Composers of Pernambuco. Already in the United States, he carried out his post-graduation studies, also in Music, acquiring a Master degree. His background in Musical Composition was guided by relevant names in the Brazilian and foreign music scene: Marlos Nobre, Marisa Rezende, Aylton Escobar and Dan Asia. Maibrada has his compositions heard in several countries, thanks to his aesthetic vision and comprehensive style, which echo Brazilian traits, allied to an eclectic and personal musical language.

NILSON LOPES

Born in Nazaré da Mata (PE), he is a composer, arranger, conductor and bass player. He holds a degree in Music from the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE) and a Master’s degree in Composition from the Federal University of Paraiba (UFPB), under the orientation of Eli-Eri Moura. He is the conductor of the Symphony Band of the Music Education Center of Olinda (Cemo), double bassist at the Symphonic Band of Recife, where he was the arranger, and was teacher of Harmony and Arrangement of the Pernambuco Conservatory of Music (CPM), having reached the 1st and 2nd places of the Moacir Santos Composition Competition, sponsored by CPM. He held workshops of arrangement and composition at UFPE, Cemo, Sesc Garanhuns and State Technical School of Musical Creativity. He has written works for important musical groups, such as the São Paulo Symphonic Jazz Orchestra, Symphonic Jazz + Spok, Recife Symphony Orchestra, CPM Symphony Orchestra, Recife City Symphony Band, Spok Frevo Orchestra, Citizen Child Orchestra, Paraíba Symphony Orchestra , Young Symphony Orchestra of Paraíba, Quinteto Violado, among others.

RICARDO BRAFMAN

Ricardo was born in London, England. As violinist and violist, he played in a number of ensembles that received coaching from members of many leading quartets in the UK and Europe. He was during three years a member of Hans Keller’s class at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. As an adolescent he became fascinated with rock, Brazilian popular music and jazz. For his PhD in musical composition at Goldsmiths College, University of London, he researched the influence of these musical styles — along with traditional music of northeastern Brazil — on his compositions. His music has been played in many countries, including at the Spitalfields Festival in London. He is on the staff of the Music Department at the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), where he teaches violin (jazz and related styles), composition and aural skills.

PAULO LIMA

He was born in Garanhuns in 1955, where he began his musical studies. In 1973 he received a scholarship from the Pernambuco Music Conservatory, where he studied violin. He studied Harmony, Counterpoint and Composition with Jaime Diniz and Marisa Rezende. Between 1978 and 1979, he performed as violinist at OSRN, where he met Dr. Won-Mo Kim, who invited him to be his student at the University of Georgia, where he studied Violin, Viola and Composition. He received a scholarship from CAPES and completed his Masters in Composition from the University of Florida in 1988. In 1994 he obtains the title of Doctor in Composition by the same University. Since 1995 he has been professor of Harmony and Composition at the Federal University of Pernambuco.

IVANUBIS

Natural from Recife, holds a degree in Music Education from the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), instrumentalist, composer and poet. He performed as a violist in the Young Symphony Orchestra of the Pernambuco Conservatory of Music (CPM) and in the Chamber Orchestra of the UFPE Sonoro Oficio in 2012. He also performed as a bandolinist in the Plucked Strings Orchestra Retratos do Nordeste and in the lyrical frevo block Eu Quero Mais, from Olinda. His works have already been performed outside of Pernambuco and in important festivals, such as the First International Festival of Classical Music of João Pessoa. He is a member of the group of composers from Pernambuco ReForma Sonata and in 2014 he launched his first book of poetry PsicoPOEISISgrafia do inconsciente ciente.

MATEUS ALVES

Born in Recife, he began his musical career at age 17 playing electric bass in pop and instrumental rock bands. Between 2008 and 2011, he joined the CPM’s Youth Symphony Orchestra as an acoustic bass player. He also integrated, between 2009 and 2010, the Youth Orchestra of Pernambuco. Accompanied renowned musicians such as Egberto Gismonti, Antônio Meneses, João Carlos Martins and Naná Vasconcelos. In 2010 he produced his first CD with his own compositions, Mateus Alves – chamber and orchestral music, with the support of Funcultura. In 2011, after graduating in Music from UFPE, he started his Masters in Composition at the Royal College of Music in London, completed in 2013. In the English capital he also participated in important festivals such as the London Jazz Festival 2011, as the double bassist of the Royal College of Music Big Band, and had pieces performed at festivals such as the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music 2012. Back in his hometown in 2013, Matthew began composing soundtracks for film, being awarded several times for his work in films such as Aquarius (2016), by Kleber Mendonça Filho, and Brazil S / A (2014), by Marcelo Pedroso. He is currently a substitute professor at UFPE.