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Born in Rio de Janeiro in the early seventies, while Brazil was still living in a dark period of it's military dictatorship, Guilherme had an early fascination for music and improvisation. He still remembers going after his neighbor's music teacher and asking him to go talk to his mom, so he could start music lessons. He was a driven 7 year old back then. By the age of fifteen he was performing in jazz clubs and teaching privately in the city of Belo Horizonte, soon becoming one of the most respected musicians in that city. As a teenager in Belo Horizonte Guilherme cut his teeth on the complex harmonies and rhythms of the music from Minas Gerais, playing with Toninho Horta and Tavinho Moura. In 1995 he moved to the US to follow his american first wife. He worked R'n'B dives and Jazz clubs in Minneapolis and Boston (where he attended Berklee) until 1999, when he was accepted to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, a highly selective program that accepts only eight students of each instrument after auditioning musicians from all over the world. At the Institute he studied privately with Clark Terry and Jimmy Heath, also performing and teaching clinics with these living legends. Living in New York City since 2000 Guilherme had a typical NY rough start but soon enough he was playing and recording with some of the most respected musicians in town, such as Kenny Werner, Ron Carter and Grady Tate for Harry Allen’s albums, on Slide Hampton’s Jobim’s project with Claudio Roditi and Duduka da Fonseca, and also with Lee Konitz, Randy Brecker, Bernard Purdie and Johnny Alf, to mention a few

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