Rodrigo Simões is a Brazilian composer with a distinctive style that oscillates between Brazilian music and jazz improvisation. His international career has taken him through China, South Korea, Australia, Paraguay and the United States, in addition to his native country – Brazil – and his adopted country – Canada. The guitarist has already collaborated with great artists in Brazil (Elza Soares, Carlos Malta, Paulinho da Viola, Dominguinhos, Zeca Baleiro and Paulo Moska) and in Canada (Bill McBirnie, Joel Miller, Flavia Nascimento, Sienna Dahlen, Alex Lefaivre, Sonia Jonhson, Carl Mayotte, Mark Nelson and Jean-Pierre Zanella). In 2013, his first album, “Aos Velhos Amigos”, was released in Brazil. In 2018, he completed a master’s degree in jazz composition at the University of Montreal, under the supervision of bassist Alain Caron (UZEB). That same year, he also released his second album, “Jazz Brésilien”, through the Montreal jazz record label Multiple Chord Music, wich received Bronze Medal at Global Music Awards. Today he's preparing the releasing of his third work, a concept album under the sign of 3.
5 best 2018 CD jazz at Québec - Canada (Sorties Jazz Nights) Bronze medal - mai 2019 (Global Music Awards)
« That's really a discover... To me... you're taking the classical stuff and you refresh it!!! » - Marty Lebovitz, BasaBasa CKUT 90.3 FM; « Probablement influencé par une lignée de solistes comme Jim Hall, Pat Martino ou Toninho Horta, il trouve son phrasé, sa sonorité propre, tout en démontrant une belle qualité de jeu à la mandoline et à la guitare acoustique. » - Ralph Boncy, voir.ca; « Jazz brésilien rime très souvent avec bossa-nova, mais Rodrigo Simões ouvre la porte à bien plus qu’au style inventé et popularisé entre autres par Antonio Carlos Jobim
Willing to teach
Beginner to advanced
Masters in Jazz Composition/Performance - Université de Montréal (UdeM) - with Alain Caron
Brazilian jazz music combo; Brazilian guitar comping; Brazilian mandolin; Choro ensemble.