Ulisses Rocha

from Brazil, guitarist and educator

PhotoPlayingGuitarForWebsiteTwice nominated for Brazil’s prestigious Sharp Awards, in the categories of best soloist and best instrumental music, Ulisses Rocha is active in every area of Brazilian music. Trained as a classical guitarist, he became interested in jazz and Brazilian popular music, and in the 1970’s was a founding member of the famed Grupo D’Alma, a trio of virtuosic acoustic guitarists whose eclectic style revolutionized the language of the instrument, and is acknowledged to have influenced the formation of the trio of John McLaughlin, Paco de Lucia, and Al di Meola.

With D’Alma, Ulisses recorded two CD’s, and participated in a number of international jazz festivals (Paris, Montreal, Quebec, Ottawa, New York) as well as the Free Jazz Festival in Brazil.

In 1985, he recorded “Alguna Coisa a ver com o Silêncio” (Something to do with Silence) on the Visom label, also released in Europe by GRP, the renowned American recording studio. He started a trajectory that already numbers nine CD’s, 3 video tapes and a book, as well as countless participations in collections and works performed by other artists.

He has performed with Gal Costa, Cesar Camargo Mariano, Zé Renato, Olivia Byington, Heraldo do Monte, recorded with Hermeto Pascoal, Hugo Fatoruso, Roberto Carlos, Sá and Guarabira, Ritchie, Marlui Miranda, Vania Bastos, and shared the stage in special encounters with Egberto Gismonti, Al Di Meola, Eliane Elias, Canhoto da Paraíba, Marco Pereira, Paulo Belinatti and the group “Boca Livre.”

As a soloist, took part in the Jazz Festival in Paris, Cuba Disco in Havana and the Free Jazz Festival, Phillips Innovation Show, the Winter Festival in Campos do Jordão on a number of occasions as a concert performer and teacher, besides playing with the Campinas symphonic orchestra, Americana and Jazz Symphonic.

In the United States he has taught and performed in various guitar societies including the Classical Guitar society of Upstate New York, and the Connecticut Classical Guitar Society. In 2008 he performed at the Jazz Standard in New York City as a member of Trio 202 with Nelson Ayres and Toninho Ferragutti.

Besides his artistic work, he is also active in musical production for commercial advertising, composing and performing jingles and sound tracks for producers in São Paulo.

Ulisses Rocha has been a professor at the Unicamp Faculty of Music since 1990.

Ellen Azorin, President
Cantaloupe Music Productions, Inc.
Phone: 212.724.2400
E-Mail: ellenazorin@gmail.com

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