Born in Rio de Janeiro, Ricardo Silveira has been a professional musician since 1976, playing live and in studios with great names in Brazilian and international music.
His name is present in the technical file of hundreds of records as a musician, arranger, producer and musical director.
As a teenager, I liked to listen from Rock (Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jimmy Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Cream) and Blues (BB King, John Mayal) to Brazilian Music (João Gilberto, Chico Buarque, Mutantes, Novos Baianos, Gilberto Gil, Milton Nascimento, Tom Jobim, Baden Powell). He also discovered Jazz by Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, Oscar Peterson, Joe Pass, George Benson and Wes Montgomery.
He studied classical guitar, music theory and attended the National School of Music in Rio de Janeiro. At this time, he attended a show by Victor Assis Brasil, who had studied at Berklee College of Music (Boston), and by Márcio Montarroyos, who also played at the same show and encouraged him to take a course at Berklee.
After a year, he returned to Brazil, where he spent two months doing shows with Márcio Montarroyos.
Back in Boston, on the recommendation of guitarist Bill Frisell, he started working with a salsa band, Latin Stars, one of his first professional jobs in the United States.
On weekends, Ricardo left Boston on his way to New York, where he played with the Brazilian group Astra Carnival.
Recommended by trumpeter Claudio Roditi, Silveira was invited to join the group of flutist Herbie Mann, with whom he toured the United States for two years.
At that time, living in New York, he also started working in studios participating in recordings alongside great musicians such as Steve Gadd, Richard Tee, Marcus Miller, Michael Brecker, Jason Miles, Nana Vasconcelos, L. Shankar.
Despite four years working abroad, Ricardo maintained contact with Brazilian music. In fact, most of the invitations to play abroad came also because he is a Brazilian musician and is fluent in different languages and musical styles.
At the recommendation of producer and musician Liminha, when they met in the United States, he was invited to tour the album "Aquela Mulher" with the renowned singer Elis Regina.
In the same period he began to work intensively on recordings of jingles and records by various artists.
After touring with Elis Regina, Ricardo started playing with other big names in MPB such as Hermeto Pascoal, Maria Bethânia, Gilberto Gil, Milton Nascimento, João Bosco, Ivan Lins, Nana Caymmi and Ney Matogrosso, with whom he also made arrangements and musical direction.