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Yamandu Costa makes his Music of the Americas debut showcasing his virtuosic abilities as a performer, composer, and improviser on the 7-string guitar. With acrobatic passages, fast tempo, and delicate and melodious sections, Costa's compositions are uniquely his own yet still infused with the traditional music from southern Brazil.
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About the artist
Yamandu Costa 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 at the time living in Brazil.
Until the age of 15, Costa'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, and Raphael Rabello, among others. When he was 17, he played for the first time in São Paulo at the Circuito Cultural Banco do Brasil, an event produced by Estúdio Tom Brazil. From then on, Costa was recognized as one of the most gifted guitar players of Brazil. The music documentary Brasileirinho by Finnish filmmaker Mika Kaurismaki on choro music also featured Costa, raising his international profile.
Presently, Costa has recorded 17 CDs and two DVDs as a soloist, in duets, trios, and quartets with the Symphony Orchestra of the State of Mato Grosso. He's also performed as a 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 the National Orchestra of Argentine Music (Buenos Aires).