Dionísio Ferreira Santos: 1951-2012

Posted on February 24, 2012

DIONÍSIO FERREIRA SANTOS (violão and cavaquinho) grew up in Salvador, Bahia, but moved to Rio de Janeiro at age 18, where he played with the group Copa 7, Elimar Santos, Johnny Alf, Celeste, and numerous other bands. He spent several years living and performing in Europe, Africa and Scandinavia with, among other groups, Brasil Tropical. Returning to Rio, he became the guitarist and a composer/arranger for 9 years with the famous samba singer, Leci Brandão.

In 1998 he moved to New York and joined the samba/pagode group Grupo Saveiro, playing guitar and cavaquinho. Over the next years he performed with a broad spectrum of Brazilian musicians in the Greater New York/New Jersey area. He was master of every style of Brazilian music; besides samba, bossa nova, MPB and other genres, he particularly loved choro, and he become a member of the well-known Choro Ensemble in New York. His presence on the Brazilian music scene in New York was widely felt and admired.

He leaves behind three daughters in Brasil: Ava, Simone, and Tatiana, as well as a brother Rui, and two sisters Dionne and Zézé.

He was highly respected and dearly loved by those he worked with. A musical homenagem is planned for the near future, and those wishing to be kept informed should email to: cantaloupemusic@nyc.rr.com

We will miss him profoundly.

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  1. Randy Paul says:

    Ellen, my deepest, deepest condolences.

  2. Cantaloupe Productions says:

    Thank you Randy.