Antonio Adolfo

Antonio Adolfo

Musicians | Instrument: Piano | Location: Fort Lauderdale

This [Jobim Forever] is a beautiful, spellbinding recording. If you dig Tom Jobim and Brazilian music from the '60s, how can you miss?
—Richard J Salvucci, All About jazz

Updated: September 5, 2022

Born: February 10, 1947

Antonio Adolfo is an important composer, having written songs recorded by many Brazilian and International artists. He also had a noted role in the process of making important music available through independent production, through the creation of the pioneer independent label Artezanal.

As an arranger, he worked for several musicians and singers.

The son of Yolanda Maurity, a music teacher and violinist of the orchestra of the Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, Antonio Adolfo began to study music very early. At seven, he began his violin studies with Paulina D'Ambrozzio. At 15, he took up piano, studying with Amyrton Vallim, Werther Politano, Wilma Graça and with the internationally renowned Eumir Deodato.

In 1963, he joined the group Samba Cinco, which performed in the famous Beco das Garrafas, the Rio's 52nd street. In 1964 Adolfo was invited by Carlos Lyra and Vinicius de Moraes to be a musician for their play Pobre Menina Rica, beginning to accompany important names of MPB.

Adolfo formed the group 3-D for that gig, and continued to perform with it until 1968, having recorded four LPs. In that year, he became acquainted with Tiberio Gaspar, with whom he wrote important songs such as "Juliana," "Sa Marina (Pretty World)," "Teletema," and "BR-3."

In 1969 Adolfo accompanied Elis Regina in her tours through Europe.

Back to Brazil in the same year, he wrote music for TV series and participated in several Music Contests, which gave him some awards.

In 1973 Adolfo and had decided to study with the classical Nadia Boulanger, in Paris. Back to Brazil, in 1975, he studied harmony and composition with Guerra Peixe and Esther Scliar. By that period he also restarted his career as studio session pianist, arranger, and producer.

In 1977 even more deserving of attention is his work as a pioneer in the independent production field, which awakened artists and public to the necessity of opening alternative routes to non-commercial productions. So in that year he launched his independent label Artezanal with the album Feito em Casa, with only originals. The LP Encontro Musical was released in the following year. Viralata (1979) an instrumental classic album had mainly originals, and Continuidade (1980) had special guests. In 1984 Adolfo released through the label Funarte a tribute album dedicated to the compositions of Joao Pernambuco, with participation of No em Pingo D'agua. In 1981 he paid tribute to the great Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth, and in 1983, another tribute, this time, to Chiquinha Gonzaga, a seminal Brazilian female conductor, pianist, and composer, interpreting her songs in Viva Chiquinha Gonzaga.

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