Born: April 10, 1978 Primary Instrument: Guitar, acoustic
NYC resident and Rio de Janeiro native Mauricio Pessoa is a classically trained (graduated in Orchestration at Juilliard Music School) guitarist and singer-songwriter emanating from the current crop of young Brazilian music artists that are keeping the great Brazilian musical tradition alive and well. Mauricio’s original compositions are influenced by the classic Bossa Nova and MPB (Música Popular Brasileira) music of composers such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Chico Buarque, João Gilberto, Paulinho da Viola and other Brazilian greats. After releasing his debut self-titled record in 2007, the long awaited follow-up disc, Habitat, was released digitally on June 19th 2012, on RED/Sony Music Entertainment through iTunes and on CD on August, on Sony Brasil....
Rio-born, classically trained acoustic guitarist Pessoa recalls Caetano Veloso’s light-fingered bossa nova sway.” Jim Farber, TOP 10 List NY Daily News
Pessoa plays guitar and sings, sometimes in a trio, other times quartet, often a small semi- symphonic ensemble of six, seven, or more, not classical really but just full, atmospheric, seeming to hold more players than it does, stretching out to pencil in quietly exotic panoramas. Pessoa, I have no doubt, will soon come under their regard.” Mark S. Tucker, AcousticMusic
“Disciple of Tom Jobim and Chico Buarque, Pessoa reiterates the strength of his work in HABITAT.” Mauro Ferreira, “ODia” Rio de Janeiro journal
“Pessoa reminds the masters with elegance. HABITAT is already a classic.” Pedro Brandt, “Correio Brasiliense”
“Habitat pleases from the first until the last song and goes through samba, bossa nova, jazz and choro with mastery.” Rafael Braz, “Gazeta OGlobo”
“...singer, guitarist and songwriter Mauricio Pessoa is born to it radiates from his second album's quietly stunning opener, Boca no Lodo. (...) The New York-based Brazilian's trump card is his songwriting, enhanced by an open mind. And MPB (musica popular brasileira), his other major influence, helps keep fresh air blowing. Mary Leary, Blurt Magazine
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