Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Six Things to Know About Márcio Faraco

  1. Born in Alegrete in southern Brazil, he began playing the guitar at age 10 and composing at 17. 
  2. He was championed by the iconic Brazilian singer/songwriter Chico Buarque, who invited the then-unknown Faraco to perform at an Antonio Carlos Jobim tribute concert also featuring Hermeto Pascoal and Maria Bethânia.
  3. He left Brazil at age 28, moving to the south of France and eventually Paris, his current home.
  4. Known worldwide as a “Francophone Brasileiro,” he began working his own compositions into his repertoire of Brazilian classics, eventually releasing his debut album in 2000, Ciranda, featuring all original compositions.
  5. His newest WorldVillage/Harmonia Mundi album, Cajueiro (Portuguese for “cashew tree”), paints a picture of the Brazil from his memories, but firmly planted in his adopted home. In his words: “For a few years, I’ve had a song in my head about a Brazil which only exists in my memory. When I started recording, it was part of the playlist but had been put on hold as the album title, the idea that brought everything together. In the end, it was in Paris, France, that I planted this essentially Brazilian tree full of meaning.”
  6. The New York Times had this to say about Márcio Faraco: "While bossa nova never disappeared from Brazilian music, Mr. Faraco wants not only to revive it, but to extend it.”
Márcio Faraco performs in the Joe Henderson Lab, November 5-8. Tap here for more information.

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