...is like an effortless blend of Joe Pass and Baden Powell [Fabio Carrilho, Violão PRO Magazine, Brazil]
The style of guitarist, composer and arranger Conrado Paulino is an original fusion of three major musical schools. The first one embraces the repertoire of Brazilian music, a universe from which his creative basis takes its shape.
The second one reveals itself in a jazzy influence that becomes conspicuous in its harmonically modern concept and its ample room for improvisation on his arrangements.
The last one is the utilization of classical guitar techniques, notably in his use of arpeggios and counter-melodies.
In short, a great mixture of Brazilian repertoire, jazzy language and classical techniques.
Conrado's work comprises the re-discovery and re-creation of Brazilian popular music themes as he mingles the ideas of the authors with his own ideas, mixing acclaimed compositions with his originals. He presents his research, compositions, and arrangements in concerts, performing as a solo artist or with his group, the Conrado Paulino Quartet.
Conrado played as sideman with several Brazilian popular music artists such as Rosa Passos, Alaide Costa, Leny Andrade, Johnny Alf and Sueli Costa and performed with well-known Brazilian-Jazz artists including Zimbo Trio, Paulinho Nogueira, Heraldo do Monte, Marco Pereira, Nivaldo Ornelas, Filó Machado and Hector Costita, among others.
He also performed with American artists including Colin Bailey, Phil deGreg, Todd Isler, Dave Pietro, John Stowell, Harvey Winnapel and Mark Isbell; with foreign musicians such Jan de Haas, Anne Wolf and Henri Griendl (Belgium), Anna Luna Lucas and Jaume Vilaseca (Spain) as well as with prominent musicians in the contemporary Latin American Jazz scene as Diego Schissi, Quique Sinesi, Daniel Maza, Alejandro Demogli, Alan Plachta, Popo Romano and Oscar Giunta.
Conrado wrote arrangements for shows and CDs of Alaíde Costa, Silvia Maria, Mark Isbell, Keila Abeid and Marcia Mah, among other artists.
In addition to participating in CDs of other artists, Conrado recorded five CDs as a leader, all of them with great reviews at all the most important newspapers and music magazines in Brazil and abroad: Quarteto (2005), Noches del Museo (2008); Wrong Way (2011), Quatro Climas (2015) and “A Canção Brasileira” (A Brazilian Guitar SongBook) (2018)
He also participated in three instrumental music compilations: Brazilian Songs Without Words (2007), Cem anos de Caymmi (2014) and O Fator Guanabara: Canções para um Brasil Ideal (2016), all of them released by Tratore label