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Gerson Galante

Saxophonist, arranger, composer, educator, Band Leader

About Me

Profile Gerson Galante is a Brazilian multi- instrumentalist, bandleader, composer and arranger, whose musical fluency spans many genres, including Latin, Brazilian, Jazz, Classical, Theater, Modern, and Pop. He is currently lead tenor saxophonist with Orquestra Jazz Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, the top jazz orchestra in South America, and has toured with some of the most famous Brazilian musical artists for four decades. Instruments Soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, flutes, clarinet

My Jazz Story

I love jazz because It’s my life. I was first exposed to jazz in 1978 in the São Paulo-Montreox Internacional Jazz Festival. The best show I ever attended was with Ivan Lins when I was 13 years old.

My House Concert Story

Gerson Galante ia a Brazilian multi- instrumentalist, bandleader, composer, arranger and educator, whose musical fluency many genres, incluiding Latin Jazz, Brazilian, Jazz, Classical, Theater, Modern Jazz and pop. He is currently lead tenor sax with Jazz Synphony Orchestra Brasil,the top Jazz orchestra in South América, and has toures with some of the most famous Brazilian musical artists for four decades. he plays soprano, alto and tenos saxofones, clarinet and flute. InterXchange Ensemble, bandleader and co-founder. Orquestra Arte Viva, São Paulo (2012- presente). CompCord Big Band, New York City. The Duke Ellington All Stars Big Band,San Francisco-USA (1991). tours in Europe, South América, USA, Canadá. Professional Ensemble Experience ·Orquestra Jazz Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo lead tenor, saxophone soloist, flute, clarinet (2002-present) ·InterXchange Ensemble, bandleader / co- founder (2016-present) ·Orquestra Arte Viva, São Paulo (2012- presente) ·CompCord Big Band, New York City (2016) ·Banda Urbana,SP [Brazilian music, Jazz, Latin] (2005-2015) ·Lilian Carmona Ensemble, SP [Brazilian music, jazz, Latin Jazz (2014) ·Speakin’ Jazz, SP (2013) ·Divina Caffé Ensemble, SP [World music and Classical music] (2003-2013) ·Banda Cacique, SP [Latin Jazz, Jazz, Brazilian music] (2010) ·Banda Jazzco, SP (2010) ·Banda Savana, SP (2003) ·SoundScape BigBand, SP (2002) ·Comboio Jazz,SP [Brazilian music, Jazz, Latin] (2004) ·Edwin Pitre Ensemble ( Cuba, Latin Jazz) (1997) ·Zérró Santos Big Band Project, SP (1992) ·The Duke Ellington All Stars Big Band, San Francisco USA (1991) Tours Orquestra Jazz Sinfônica de São Paulo, Royal Albert Hall, London, England (2016) Lilian Carmona Ensemble, Jazz Festival de Maringá, Maringá, Brazil (2012) Orquestra Arte viva, Teatro Solis, Montevideo, Uruguay (2008) Gerson Galante, CD 501 State Tour São Paulo (1993) Pery Ribeiro, São Paulo State Tour, Brazil (1984) Cauby Peixoto, São Paulo Capital, Brazil (1983) Raul Seixas, São Paulo Capital, Santos, Brazil (1982) Sá e Guarabyra, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro (1981) Ponte Aérea Ensemble, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte (1980-1982) Ivan Lins Novo Tempo Tour, Teatro SESC Consolação and São Paulo State Tour (1980) 1º São Paulo-Montraux Jazz Festival, Grupo Obus Brazil (1978) 2º São Paulo-Montreux Jazz Festival, Grupo Ponte Aérea Brazil (1980) Wilson Simonal, Paraguai Tour and São Paulo State Tour, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1979-1980) São Paulo-Montreaux Jazz Festival, Grupo Obus (1978) Musical Theater New York, New York, Teatro Sergio Cardoso, SP (2014) Bibi Ferreira in Concert, Teatro Sergio Cardoso, SP (2011) Sweet Charity, Citibank Hall, SP (2006) Chicago, Teatro Alfa, SP (2004) Victor/Victória, Teatro Cultura Artistica, SP (2001) Original Big Band Arrangements by Gerson Galante Baiãozinho, Eumir Deodato (2017) Tristeza Que Se Foi, Adylson Godoy (2017) Nothing But Brass, Melanie Mitrano (2016) Inútil Paisagem, Tom Jobim (2016) Miles Ago, Ivan Lins (2016) O Pato, Jaime Silva (2016) Blue in Green, Miles Davis (2015) Grand Central, John Coltrane (2015) Meu Adorado, Melanie Mitrano (2015) Bananeira, João Donato (2015) Ensemble Presentations of Original Arrangements Orquestra Jazz Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo Speakin' Jazz Big Band, São Paulo, Brazil Big Beat Big Band, NJ / New York City CompCord Big Band, Composers Concordance, New York City Caldwell University Jazz Band, Caldwell, NJ Newark Academy Jazz Ensemble, NJ NJIT Jazz Band, Newark, NJ Nutley High School Jazz Ensemble, Nutley, NJ Film / Radio / TV Festa Baile, Orquesta Silvio Mazzuca, TV Cultura (1985-1988) Asa Branca, Um sonho Brasileiro, Brazilian film (1980) Canja-Bandeirantes FM 100.9 (1980) Flavio Cavalcante TV show, TV Tupi Channel 4, Brasil (1979) Programa Raul Gil, TV show, TV Record Channel 7 (1979) Teaching Experience ·Workshop Presenter, Sax Festival Brasil (2016) ·Saxophone Instructor, Escola de Musica Carlos Gomes, Osasco (1987-1989) .CLAM - saxophone instructor, master class Additional Performance Venues Opus 2004, São Paulo, Brazil All of Jazz, São Paulo, Brazil Jazz and Blue, Santo André, Centro Cultural Vergueiro, SSão Paulo, Brazil Centro Histórico do Pelourinho, Salvador, BA- Brazil Teatro Sergio Cardoso, São Paulo, Brazil MASP, Museu de Arte de São Paulo, Brazil Sala São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil Memorial da America Latina, São Paulo, Brazil Centro Dragão do mar Arte e Cultura, Bahia, Brazil Teatro Ibirapuera, São Paulo, Brazil Teatro Commune, São Paulo, Brazil Teatro Escola CLam, São Paulo, Braz Proms theater- London-Uk Writing a Book “ SAMBA UNLIMITED” Contains history of the Samba; Samba patterns, execises , charts and play along for practicing!! And much more Awards  Citation of Professional Excellence, CLAM Centro Livro de Aprendizagem Musical (Free Center for Musical Learning), for contributions in performance, arranging and teaching of Brazilian music. [2018]  Master Teacher Certificate, ExplicaSax Brasil, for distinction in the field of instrumental music education emphasizing the saxophone. [2018]  New York Women Composers Seed Money Grant, InterXchange Ensemble, funding for a concert presentation of NYWC composer-members in São Paulo, Brazil. [2017]  Merit Award from the OMB (Order of Brazilian Musicians) for artistic achievement in the Brazilian musical community and for recognition as the youngest professional musician on record in the union. [2015]  Recognition of Achievement by the Admission Council of the Jazz Symphonic Orchestra of the State of São Paulo, for the highest score earned in the National Auditions. [2011]  Canja Music Magazine Rising Star Award for distinction in performance by an emerging young artist. [1980]  Recognition of Distinction by the Marisa Urbam Show on TV Bandeirantes, and inclusion in their exclusive televised interview / documentary series of notable Brazilian artists. [1980]  1st Place in the instrumental music category of the Tupi TV Music Competition.1979 InterXchange is a flexible ensemble dedicated to making international musical exchanges between Brazil and The United States. Ranging in size from a trio to an 18-piece ensemble, the group is assembled as required for its given musical needs. Co-founded and led by Brazilian arranger Gerson Galante and American composer Melanie Mitrano, InterXchange works on two continents, performing in Brazil’s largest city, São Paulo, as well as in the New York area. This unique cross-cultural ensemble performs a wide array of musical styles, spanning New Music, American and Brazilian Jazz, MPB (Música Popular Brasileira), Third Stream and Cross- Genres. The members are especially committed to premiering new compositions and arrangements that highlight intersections between Brazilian and American music. Through live performances and professional recordings, InterXchange seeks outlets for musical alliances such as repertoire swaps, guest artists, and pairings between American and Brazilian artists to create new works. The group actively strives to create collaborative opportunities with composers and other ensembles, cultivating a powerful musical cross- pollination on both the North and South American continents

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