Pianist and composer
Born in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, Cidinho Teixeira began his musical career at 15 as a piano and accordion virtuoso. He then moved to Rio de Janeiro where he established a solid name on the musical scene, performing, touring and recording with artists such as Gilberto Gil, Simone, Gal Costa, Eliana Pitman and with his own group, Som Tropical, which recorded for Polygram Records.
His extensive international experience includes tours to Germany, France, Portugal, Venezuela, Mexico, Panama, Argentina, Uruguay, Italy, Caribbean cruises and a tour of Africa with Gilberto Gil.
Since moving to the US, Cidinho has been highly sought after to perform in Brazilian nightclubs and jazz festivals, both with his own groups and accompanying singers. With his sister, vocalist Vera Mara and guitarist Paul Meyers, he co-led one of the most popular Brazilian bands in New York City, “Terra Brasil.”
He has recorded with noted American jazz artist Mark Murphy, and he arranged most of the music for the latest CD by Blossom Dearie. He also worked with the great Harry Belafonte.
A master of many genres and a prolific composer, Mr. Teixeira has appeared on dozens of recordings as both soloist and as a sideman. His most recent recording is “Luz Maior,” 2007, with Vera Mara (vocals), Itaiguara Brandão (bass) and Vanderlei Pereira (drums).
He is currently working on an instructional book, “Brazilian Rhythms for the Keyboard.”
Ellen Azorin, President
Cantaloupe Music Productions, Inc.
Cidinho (with Vera Mara on vocals):