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Gustavo Assis-Brasil

Based in Boston, USA, Gustavo Assis-Brasil began playing the guitar at the age of 13. He attended the Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil, to get his bachelor in classical guitar in 1995. During those years, he worked as a studio musician, private teacher and played with some important bands and projects (Nocet, Bichofolha duo w/Guilherme Barros) In 1995 he was featured in Guitar Player Magazine - USA (Spotlight session). In 1999 he got a full scholarship to get his Master Degree In Jazz at Berklee College of Music and The Boston Conservatory. His main teachers were Mick Goodrick (Gary Burton Quartet, Pat Metheny), Wayne Krantz (Leni Stern, Steely Dan, Michael Brecker), Hal Crook, Ed Tomassi, Dave Fiucsynski (Screaming Headless Torsos), Rick Peckham, Larry Baione, and the South Indian ‘guru’ Prasanna. Gustavo also had master-classes/lessons with Pat Metheny, Frank Gambale, Mike Stern, Dave Liebman and John Scofield. Gustavo also studied improvisation and composition privately with the late jazz-guru Charlie Banacos. From 2001 until 2006, Gustavo played/toured the renowned group the Dig Trio. Gustavo is the director of the Jazz and Contemporary Music Ensembles and is a faculty member of the Cambridge School of Weston. He also teaches at Berklee College of Music’s Guitar Sessions since 2006. Also as a teacher, Gustavo taught clinics at GIT, Guitar Institute of Technology, Los Angeles, CA; University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA; Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA; UFRGS, Brazil; Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil; University of Passo Fundo, Brazil

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...[Hiro Honshuku] is supported superbly by Gustavo Assis-Brasil on guitar and José Pienasola on bass; this ensemble listens to each other, and the result is a very worthwhile musical experience. George Russell, jazz legend, author of The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization

...It is stunning. One of the best new recordings we have heard this year. Souvik Dutta - www.abstractlogix.com 2003

Recognized for his unique stylings and innovative approaches(...). Lee Prosser, Jazzreview.com

...Gustavo shows a very intelligent way of legato playing and open triads (...). Spotlight , Guitar Player Magazine, February 1998

...With advanced ideas...Gustavo innovates blending Brazilian music with jazz-rock and experimental music.(...) Gustavo shows maturity, good taste and an amazing phrasing. Guitar Player Magazine, October 2003

It is rare to find young guitarists with maturity of masters

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