Born in Muskegon, Michigan, Ernest Barteldes started out playing in rock
bands in Fortaleza, Brazil. Though his first instrument was the clarinet, he
gravitated to guitar and percussion but eventually settled on the electric bass.
Over the years he played various genres, and after relocating to New York he
started performing with a Beatles tribute band. After that project came to an
end, he experimented with a blues duo (playing guitar) and then retreated
from the music scene for several years except for a weekly gig at The Church
of Our Lady of Pompeii, where he still performs every Sunday.
While away from the stages, Ernest went behind the scenes and built a career
as a music critic covering jazz, Latin, Brazilian and dance for various
publications, including AAJ
He always had a passion for Brazilian music, and after a friend suggested
forming a bossa band, he threw himself into this new project as bassist,
vocalist and songwriter.