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Robertinho Silva

Respected Brazilian drummer and percussionist Robertinho Silva offers played and documented with great titles. His international encounter includes performances in the MIDEM (Cannes, France, 1973) as well as the Montreux Jazz Event (Switzerland, 1974). Silva trained himself the drums and became a specialist at 15, when he became a member of dance bands just like the Conjunto Flamingo. At 17, he started his two-year apprenticeship with Albano Mesquita and Joaquim Neagle. In 1964, he produced his first documenting, associated Caubi Peixoto. In 1969, he became familiar with Milton Nascimento; since that time, he continues to be his regular accompanist. In 1970, he became a member of the Som Imaginário, staying with them until 1974, having participated in both Som Imaginário albums (1970/1971). He was a sideman for João Donato, Marcos Valle, Gilberto Gil, Taiguara, Toninho Horta, Roberto Carlos, Gal Costa, João Bosco, Paulo Moura, and many more. He relocated to the U.S. in 1974 (where he remained for four years), support Airto Moreira, Moacyr Santos, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter, Shelly Manne, Peggy Lee, Cal Tjader, Sarah Vaughan, George Duke, Flora Purim, Egberto Gismonti, and various other music artists. In 1981, he released his first solo record in the Música Well-known Brasileira Contemporânea series (Polygram), with particular guests Raul de Souza and Egberto Gismonti. In 1984, he documented Bateria, accompanied by Bodas de Prata (1989), Speak No Bad (1991), and Shot on Objective (1995), that have been released internationally. In 1985, he documented the record Triângulo as well as pianist Luiz Eça and bassist Luiz Alves. In 1997, he opened up the Centro de Percussão Alternativo Robertinho Silva, at Rio de Janeiro, developing a active schedule using its drums/percussion workshops. He released Jaquedu in 2000.

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