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Egberto Gismonti

Born: December 5, 1947    Primary Instrument: Guitar, acoustic

Egberto Gismonti


Egberto Gismonti was born in 1947 in Carmo, Brazil. He began his formal music studies at the age of six. After studying classical piano for 15 years, he went to Paris to study with Nadia Boulanger (orchestration and analysis), and composer Jean Barraqué, a disciple of Schönberg and Webern.

Returning to Brazil, Gismonti began to glimpse a reality broader than that of classical music alone. He was attracted by Ravel's ideas of orchestration and chord voicings, as well as by choro, a Brazilian popular instrumental genre where varied kinds of guitars, reeds and percussion are featured. To play this music he made the transition from piano to guitar, beginning on the 6-string classical guitar and switching to the 8-string guitar in 1973. He spent two years experimenting with different tunings and searching for new sounds, which is also reflected in his use of flutes, kalimbas, sho, voice, bells, etc. By the early '70s, he had laid the groundwork for his current conception and was listening to musicians as wide-ranging as Django Reinhardt and Jimi Hendrix. For him, Hendrix's achievements were proof that “popular” and “serious” idioms need not remain opposite poles: “There's no difference between the two kinds of music...”...
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As a Leader

Egberto Gismonti
Philips (Brazil)
1969

Sonho 70
Philips (Brazil)
1970

Janela de Ouro
Polydor (France)
1970

Computador
Barclay
1970

Orfeo Novo
MPS
1971

Água & Vinho
EMI Odeon (Brazil)
1972

Egberto Gismonti (reissued as Arvores)
EMI Odeon (Brazil)
1973

Academia de Danças
EMI Odeon (Brazil)
1974

Corações Futuristas
EMI Odeon (Brazil)
1976

Dança das Cabeças
ECM
1976

Carmo
EMI Odeon (Brazil); reissued Carmo/ECM
1977

Sol do Meio Dia
ECM
1978

Nó Caipira
EMI (Brazil); reissued Carmo/ECM
1978

Solo
ECM
1979

Circense
EMI Odeon (Brazil)
1980

Sanfona
ECM
1980

Em Familia
EMI (Brazil)
1981

Fantasia
EMI (Brazil)
1982

Sonhos de Castro Alves
EMI Odeon (Brazil)
1982

Cidade Coração
EMI (Brazil)
1983

Works
ECM
1984

Egberto Gismonti
EMI (Brazil)
1984

Trem Caipira
EMI (Brazil)
1985

Alma
Carmo/ECM
1987

Feixe de Luz
EMI (Brazil)
1988

Dança dos Escravos
ECM
1988

O Pagador de Promesas
Som Livre/Globo (Brazil)
1988

Kuarup
Kuarup (Brazil); reissued Carmo/ECM
1990

Infância
ECM
1990

Amazônia
EMI (Brazil); reissued Carmo/ECM
1990

Música de Sobrevivencia
ECM
1993

Zig Zag
ECM
1995

Meeting Point
ECM
1996

Rarum XI: Selected Recordings
ECM
2004

With Naná Vasconcelos

Duas Vozes
ECM
1985

With Charlie Haden and Jan Garbarek

Magico
ECM
1980

Folk Songs
ECM
1981

With Charlie Haden

In Montreal
ECM
2001

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