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.