Celso Machado

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Celso Machado will be at WOMEX 09 represented by Swedish Ken Day of DTours, www.dtours.se. Please visit his booth!

Virtuoso Brazilian guitarist and percussionist, CELSO MACHADO

"Inventive and unbuttoned"... Alan Kozinn, The New York Times

"Celso Machado is a samba school in himself". Caroline Kutter, Les Cahiers de la Guitare, Paris, France (translated)

"Celso Machado took rhythm so far it eventually moved off the guitar altogether. He started out by doing mouth percussion while he was playingeveryone was looking all around for the invisible percussionist with the soft shakerand ended up doing a kind of Roland Kirk virtuoso performance, simultanously playing two different tropical birds and a thunderstorm.
To do all these things at once demands amazing skills that combine elements that in the U.S. are rarely found in the same band, let alone the same musician. "
Tim Brooks, Review of Celso's performance at the New York
Guitar Festivals Brazilian Guitar Marathon

"A one man compendium of Brazilian diversity who doubles as a guitarist and percussionist par excellence. Reminiscent of Bobby McFerrin, the multi-talented Machado finds an orchestra-full of ways to use his voice and makes percussion instruments of his entire body: cheeks, mouth, chest, hands and legs - not to mention the various parts of the microphone stand. Yet Machado also showed serious chops as a guitar player with an intricate, high speed solo in which he constantly altered the instruments tuning in mid-flight" ... Lawrence B. Johnson in a special to The Detroit News

"Celso Machado is a wonderful example of the musical riches currently flowing into Canada from many parts of the world. He has lived on our west coast since 1990 and since then has become a most appealing voice in the national conversation.
...he does his utmost to bring the warmth and richness of his native land to our rapidly thawing cultural tundra.
Celso alone is a force of nature ...Up close, Celso Machado is probably the most musical person I know. He performs, composes, publishes, records, teaches, and makes music out of literally everything he touches. In his magical hands bottles of water, rocks he finds on the beach, his own body and, of course, almost any musical instrument I could name - plus some I couldn't sing beautiful songs. Indeed, a couple of haunting musical effects on this CD emerged from pieces of junk Celso found lying around the recording studio. You'll also hear echoes of Celso's serious study of European Classical music, Italian folk music and several African musical traditions mixed into the whole bursting sonic universe he absorbed growing up in Brazil. For me, Celso Machado is the truest of musical Renaissance men (except that he's more interested in the music of the later Baroque period) and the ultimate one-man band." Malcolm Gould, producer of Jogo da Vida and the program OnStage at Glenn Gould Theatre, CBC Records


ABOUT CELSO: Performer, Composer, Recording Artist, and Teacher

Virtuoso Brazilian guitarist and percussionist, Celso Machado, brings joy to his audiences with his subtle mixture of musical inspiration and irresistible rhythm. For over thirty years Celso Machado has been performing on concert stages throughout Brazil, Western Europe, Scandinavia, Canada, and the United States. Considered one of the most versatile and exciting musician/composers of Brazilian music today; his guitar technique is but one of his passions; his gift for making music out of anything and everything around us is his mission in life.

Celso's music crosses genres; appealing equally to lovers of Brazilian music, classical guitar, jazz, folk, and world.

Brazilian music has arisen out of various blends of African, Portuguese and Indigenous influences. While Celso's music is rooted in these rhythmic and melodic styles, it also reflects his incurable fascination with other world music traditions. He finds similarities between the music of southern Italy and northeast Brazil, the Egyptian Maqsoum and the Brazilian Baiao rhythm, the Moroccan Gnawa rhythm and Afoxe and Samba. Celso incorporates these influences into his own sound; his own unique contribution to the ongoing evolution of Brazilian music.

Drawing on his thorough study of classical guitar, Celso composes for guitar and ensemble. His remarkably innovative compositions are infused with a rich knowledge of the traditional music of Brazil: samba, choro, baiao, frevo etc. Published by Editions Henry Lemoine, Paris, his compositions have been recorded by instrumentalists worldwide.
Celso also composes for film. He won a Leo Award for Best score for Documentary for In The Company of Fear and a Leo Award nomination for A Place Called Chiapas which he co-composed with Salvador Ferreras and Joseph Pepe Danza.

Celso is fluent in five languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, and his native language - Portuguese.
Celso makes his home on the West Coast of Canada close to the city of Vancouver.


UPCOMING CONCERTS and Brazilian Guitar and percussion masterclasses:
25 Sep 2009 20:00
Festival de Jazz de Quebec - Palais Montcalm Quebec, Quebec
26 Sep 2009 20:00
Festival de Jazz de Quebec, Largo Resto-Club Quebec, Quebec
2 Oct 2009 20:00
Edmontonchante Edmonton, Alberta
3 Oct 2009 1:00
Contact Alberta showcase, Edmonton, Alberta
3 Oct 2009 20:00
Edmonton Chante, Edmonton, Alberta
4 Oct 2009 20:00
Edmonton Chante, Edmonton, Alberta
7 Oct 2009 0:00
Oct 7 -11, Festival Internacional de Guitarra, 2009 San Jose, Costa Rica
17 Oct 2009 20:00
Centennial Theatre, Bishop’s University Sherbrooke, Quebec
23 Oct 2009 20:00
Concert Series "Culture of the River": Svano Folkets Hus, Kramfors, SWEDEN
24 Oct 2009 20:00
Concert Series "Culture of the River": Hotel Namforsen, Nasaker, SWEDEN
26 Oct 2009 20:00
Hijazz, Uppsala, Sweden
27 Oct 2009 20:00
Hijazz, Uppsala, Sweden
31 Oct 2009 20:00
Huset, Aalborg, Denmark
13 Dec 2009 20:00
1ères Rencontres Interpètes-Compositeurs, l’auditorium St Germain, Paris, FRANCE
25 Jan 2010 20:00
Brazilian guitar concert & masterclasses, venue tba, Fuveau, France
27 Jan 2010 20:00
concert in Rive de Gier, venue tba, Rive de Gier, France
30 Jan 2010 20:00
concert & guitar masterclass, venue tba, Roanne, France
2 Feb 2010 20:00
concert & masterclass, venue tba, Villefranche sur Saône, France
16 - 20 Mar 2010
Brazilian percussion masterclasses, Festival Internacional Cedros - Universidad Panamerica Mexico city
27 Mar 2010 20:00
Denman Island concert series, Denman Island, British Columbia
12 - 27 Apr 2010
17 school shows in New Brunswick for Reseau Scolaire Cerf-Volant, Radarts
8 May 2010 20:00
concert, venue tba, Galiano Island, British Columbia
22 May 2010 20:00
Poetry Gabriola Words & Music Series, Gabriolla Island, British Columbia
31 May - June 5 2010 20:00
Muliple concerts and Brazilian guitar master classes, Machado Brothers - Celso & Carlinhos Machado, Festival Moun do Brasil, Mont de Marsan, France

Celso Machado


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