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Egídio Leitão -
Born and raised in the northeast of Brazil, in Fortaleza, Ceará,
Egídio moved to Texas in 1981. Always connected to music, he did
graduate work at The University of Texas at Austin with a concentration
in the songs of protest of Gonzaguinha. A hobby became a passion. Today,
more than ever, he continues to promote Brazilian music in any way he
Kees Schoof -
Born and raised in Amsterdam, Holland, Kees grew up listening to jazz,
where Airto and Flora Purim awakened an interest in Brazilian music. Through
their music, other Brazilian musicians "showed up." His first visit to
Rio (1983) started a never-ending love affair with the music and the country.
His preferences cover a wide range of musical styles.
do Carmo Mendonça Nogueira da Gama - Born in
Minas Gerais, today she lives in Brasília, DF. She started piano
lessons at the age of six, stopped at 20 years old and restarted some
time after that. She likes all Brazilian music genres as well as classical
music. Today, her hobby is playing classical and Brazilian music,
including Choro, Samba, Bossa Nova, waltzes and others, especially
old songs. She enjoys studying the lives of singers and songwriters.
An attorney by profession, she worked with the Bank of Brazil, from
where she has retired. Today, besides music, she dedicates some of
her time to copyright laws, and she is actively involved in several
internet groups about music and other topics. (She passed away on October
Randy Leago -
Keyboardist and woodwind artist living in Nashville, TN, USA, Randy has
performed with a great number of musical artists, including Janis Ian,
Lucinda Williams, Dixie Chicks, Deana Carter, Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings
and Engelbert Humperdinck. His hobby and passion is the music and culture
of Brasil, and he also plays uniquely Brazilian instruments such as cavaquinho,
cuíca and surdo.
Regina Makarem -
employee, Regina lives in Bélem,
Pará, north of Brazil by the Amazon. A die-hard music lover, she
sometimes thinks that music and herself are one. Pure sentiment. She loves
to promote new talents and dreams of working with music promotion some
Tom Moore -
Tom Moore has been fascinated by the language and culture of Brazil
since beginning to study Portuguese in 1994.
He performs baroque and contemporary music for flute both in Brazil and
U.S., and has commissioned and premiered works by Sergio Roberto de Oliveira,
João Guilherme Ripper, David Korenchendler, Antonio Guerreiro, Mark
Hagerty and others. He is active as a translator from Portuguese, Spanish,
French, German and Italian, and has contributed to such magazines as Fanfare,
Goldberg, 21st Century Music and Early Music America.
Maria Helena de Campos Paiva -
Brazilian, born in São Paulo, journalist, she is active in the areas
of music, theatre, arts, cinema and television. She is the director of
Revista Arte Magazine, Jornal das Artes and No Seu
Bairro, and she is also vice president of Feira de Antigüidades
do Bixiga. As media advisor, she has worked with recording labels RGE,
3M and CBS (Sony Music) for press releases for various shows as well
as many artists, such as Flora Purin & Airto Moreira, Billy Vaughan,
Peppino de Capri, João
Bosco, Carlos Lyra, Maria Alcina (also her manager), Lúcia
Veríssimo, Lucinha Lins. Sérgio Reis, Zeca Pagodinho, Jesse,
and others. As a Brazilian music researcher, her present work is targetting
Simone's career, who recently completed 33 of a successful career. The results
of that research might become an exhibition in the near future.
Carvalho Pinto -
Brazilian, born in Ceará in 1969,
he studied Civil Engineering at the Federal University of Ceará. Since 1994,
he has lived in Brasília, DF. He is a federal employee for the Brazilian
presidency in the area of government auditing. He enjoys doing musical
research, particularly concentrating on singers, songwriters and instrumentalists.
He writes reviews and, as often as possible, includes a basic discography
of those artists he reviews. He also studies music at the Music School
of Brasília, and he is a member of the popular music group of that