Primary Instrument: Guitar, electric
Brazilian guitar player and composer Mateus Starling graduated from Berklee college of music in December 2008 majored in performance. He recorded his debut cd with top musicians while he was a student at Berklee and released it in January 2009. Rock, free jazz and brazilian music is what you can hear on Mateus Starling music. Born in Cabo Frio an ocean town in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Starling started playing guitar in the 90`s, influenced by rock guitar players. When he was 16 started doing gigs with local artists and bands, and on that time recorded his first demo with instrumental music and an important brazilian magazine said: “Mateus is the future of the brazilian guitar”. At 17 years of age he moved to Rio de Janeiro and played with band Karambah With Karambah they got national notoriety playing in radios, Tv broad casts and doing gigs throughout the country. Mateus also did jingles for Tv and had a special program on the main tv channel of the state showing his instrumental compositions. In 2004 get married and became a Christian and started playing and recording on the brazilian gospel scene. In the same year started his first formal training in a school of music, doing ear training and harmony and also study with Hélio Delmiro. In 2005 got a scholarship to study at Berklee College of music. At Berklee had the opportunity to play, record and study with great musicians such as Mick Goodrick, Hal Crook, Mark Whitfield, and others. Mateus also recorded with several grammy award producers from Brasil and USA.