Leandro Fortes is a Brazilian composer and guitar player, and released his first
solo CD in 2012. Although his sonority has strong roots in Brazilian music, it also
draws on influences from its South American neighbors and, beyond its
immediate borders, from West Africa to produce a rich and culturally diverse
sound. In 2007, he has formed Quarteto Rio Vermelho and already boasts a solid
discography of 1 DVD and 2 CD’s. According to Italian newspaper Il Manifesto,
“the group is organic, with a very strong individuality, but also with a elaborated
universal poetic”. Fortes has already performed at important music festivals as:
Festival Jazz en Lima (Peru), Cascavel Jazz Festival, Festival de Música de Itajaí,
Oficina de Música de Curitiba, and has toured over 30 cities under the
sponsorship of SESC.
Last year, he performed at Museum of Contemporary Arts in
Chicago, United States.
In 2006 he moved to New York City, playing Brazilian Music in clubs and
restaurants in Queens and Manhattan, and taking private jazz classes with Billy