Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, I started playing acoustic guitar (violao) at the age of 8 years old, influenced by my older
brother who played the guitar and helped me with my first chords. I have also been influenced by the music of bossa-
nova giants at the time such as Joao Gilberto, Tom Jobim, Carlos Lyra, Joao Donato, Marcus Valle and many more.
Growing up in Rio in the 60’s and 70’s has contributed tremendously to the energy, groove and rhythms reflected in my
Moving to New York in the 80’s has motivated me to, not only continuing playing the guitar, but to further enhance my
knowledge of music and the guitar itself, hence I started to study with some of the jazz greats including Chuck Wayne,
Sal Salvador, Alex Adrian, Hui Cox and Joe Carter