Yamandu Costa, 7-string guitar virtuoso, composer, performer, and improviser, will showcase at Americas Society, his very particular style of composition, somewhere between the typical music from southern Brazil, choro and samba with fingered acrobatic passages, fast tempo and delicate and melodious sections.
He was born in Passo Fundo, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, where he began his guitar studies with his father Algacir Costa, band leader of “Os Fronteiriços”, when he was 7 years old. Later, he perfected his technique with Lúcio Yanel, Argentine virtuoso who was then settled in Brazil.
Until the age of 15, Yamandu´s only music school was the folk music from the south of Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. Nevertheless, after he heard Radamés Gnatalli´s work, he decided to get in contact with the music of other renowned Brazilian musicians, such as Baden Powell, Tom Jobim, Raphael Rabello, among others. When he was 17, he played for the first time in São Paulo at “Circuito Cultural Banco do Brasil” (BB Cultural Tour). The event was produced by “Estúdio Tom Brazil” (Tom Brazil studio), and from then on he was recognized as one of the most gifted guitar players of Brazil. The music documentary by Finnish film maker Mika Kaurismaki, called “Brasileirinho” on “choro music” also featured Yamandu Costa, which gave him additional international attention.
One of the greatest geniuses of Brazilian music of all times, Yamandu deserves the highest praise. Whenever he is on stage, he fills with joy the most select audience since his impressive performance shows the deep intimacy between Yamandu and his guitar. The recognition he has earned throughout the years reveals what he can offer the audience – recreation of the magic of music – once from his fingers the music he plays travels through his body and soul and is almost miraculously transformed.
Yamandu is a guitar player, composer and arranger that does not fit into a single music style, yet he creates his own when he combines all of them playing his 7-string guitar. Yamandu fully deserves his beautiful name which in “tupi-guarani”, the native language of Brazilian indians, means “the precursor of the waters of the world”.
Presently, Yamandu has recorded 17 CDs and 2 DVDs, as a soloist, in duets, trios, quartets, with the Symphony Orchestra of the State of Mato Grosso, and has also performed as guitar soloist with several orchestras including the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of São Paulo, the “Youth Camerata” from the Social Action for Music (Rio), the Calgary Philharmonic conducted by Roberto Minczuk, the Orchestre National de France conducted by Kurt Masur and Debora Waldman, as well as Orchestre de Paris conducted by Kristjan Järvi and Alondra de Parra , the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Belgium, and the Adelaide Art Orchestra. Upcoming international concerts with orchestras include the Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte Carlo (Monaco) and National Orchestra of Argentine Music (Buenos Aires).