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Jaques Morelenbaum

Jaques Morelenbaum – bio Carioca (born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Jaques Morelenbaum has accomplished 44 years of career as cellist, arranger, record producer, conductor and composer. Jaques has has graduated as a cellis at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Since his early days, Jaques has looked for new directions to his cello playing. Before releasing three albums with the group A Barca do Sol (the 1st of them produced by Egberto Gismonti) Jaques was already writing arrangements and conducting choirs. Up till today, Morelenbaum has collaborated in 788 albums and performed 2570 concerts in 47 countries in 446 cities, sharing stages and music with names as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Egberto Gismonti, Leonard Bernstein, Gal Costa, Milton Nascimento, Chico Buarque de Holanda, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Sting, Mitslav Rostropovich, the Portuguese Madre Deus, Carminho, Mariza, Dulce Pontes, Danças Ocultas, Rui Veloso, the Cape-Verdeans Cesária Évora and Mayra Andrade, the French Henri Salvador and Richard Galliano, the Angolan Paulo Flores, the Japanese Sadao Watanabe, Choro Club and Gontiti, the Spanish Clara Montes and Presuntos Implicados, the Germans NDR Big Band, NDR Symphony Pops Orchestra and WDR Big Band, the North-Americans David Byrne and Chris Botti, the Cuban Omar Sosa, the Argentinians Fito Paes, Diego Schissi and Marcelo Dellamea, and the Mexican Julieta Venegas. Jaques is a Grammy winner as a record producer: Best World Music Album with Caetano Veloso, for "Livro", and twice the Latin Grammy, as Best Brazilian Music Album for "Noites do Norte", also by Caetano Veloso, and Best Pop Music Video, with Julieta Venegas. As a sound track composer, Morelenbaum wrote for “Central Station”, by Walter Salles, “Lula, Filho do Brasil” and “O Quatrilho”, both by Fabio Barreto, “Paid”, by Lawrence Lamers, “Blue Eyes”, by José Joffily, “Nise, The Heart of Madness”, by Roberto Berliner, among others. Jaques has played for ten years with Antonio Carlos Jobim, for fourteen years with Caetano Veloso, five with Gilberto Gil and with Egberto Gismonti, three years with Gal Costa, and he has been still playing, for almost thirty years, with Ryuichi Sakamoto. Jaques Morelenbaum’s solo project is called the CelloSam3aTrio, releasing the album "Saudade do Futuro Futuro da Saudade" (Biscoito Fino/Mirante).

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