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Gerson Galante

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

InterXchange ensemble 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.


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)


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]

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Ivan Lins Participates On A Camerati Disc The composer plays piano on a track of the first disc of saxophonist Gerson Galante, that will be released in May. Singer and composer Ivan Lins comes to Santo André today, to record a track on the first disc of saxophonist Gerson Galante, on the Camerati label. The disc, still untitled, will have a thousand copies released in the month of May. Also invited were the trombonist Bocato, responsible for the production, Maestro Zaccaro and the band Terra de Ninguém. The first meeting between Gerson Galante and Ivan Lins happened in 1980, during the Novo Tempo tour

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Primary Instrument

Saxophone, alto


New York City

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


CLAM “free center of learning music”

Clinic/Workshop Information

Sound, projection, tecnics, Jazz and Samba improvisation, Using Samba Patterns! And more


Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson





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