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Avellar, Luiz (Joao Luiz de Avellar)

Avellar, Luiz [Joao Luiz de Avellar) , pianist, composer, producer; b. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 7, April 1956. Born to a singer, he was since 7 years old a student of renowned Brazilian piano professors. At age 10 he was still struggling between soccer games with schoolmates in the suburban streets of Rio and the long practice hours at the piano. A professional musician since 15, he quickly became the musical heir of late Brazilian jazz and Bossa Nova piano master Luiz Essa in the night club scene. In 1976 he studied orchestration technique at New York's Mannes School of Music. During the 1980's he worked as pianist and arranger for the main Brazilian vocal Stars, both in studio and in countless shows worldwide. At the same time he founded a Brazilian fusion quintet .

As producer he developed a busy career on Globo TV (biggest South American channel) in shows and soap opera soundtracks, having also worked for important recording labels as musical producer. Additionally, he created music for advertising spots. After 1985 he started to call the attention of several jazz musicians. He played with Wayne Shorter, Billy Cobham, Airto Moreira and Flora Purim, Toots Thielemans, Lee Konitz, Phil Woods, Ernie Watts, among others. Dedicated to pursue a solo career, since 1994 he has 15 CDs released with his name in the Brazilian market. Since 2000 he has appeared as soloist of Symphony Orchestras and had his award winning music for cinema performed by the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra in 2001, establishing a permanent exchange among all his musical abilities, from Brazilian popular rythms to classical music to jazz and to lyric music. In 2002 he successfully premiered his Brazilian Suite for piano, cello and large strings orchestra and started an important musical liaison with viennese jazz violinist Rudi Berger which include recording and touring Brazil and Europe. His work as a soundtrack composer is a strong tendency in his career and two new ones are in preparation.

Luiz is a fan of Wladimir Horowitz and Nelson Freire. He is a divorced father of two children, Vivian (b. 1980) and Erick (b. 1982).

High Life: High Life (1985); Songbook Edu Lobo (1994); Songbook Tom Jobim Instrumental (1995); Bons Amigos (1995); Homenagem a Ivan Lins (1995); Homenagem a Djavan (1995); Homenagem a Caetano Veloso (1995); Homenagem a Lulu Santos (1996); Homenagem a Guilherme Arantes (1996); Homenagem a Chico Buarque (1997);

Homenagem a Gonzaguinha (1997); Em Movimento (Piano Solo) (1998); Homenagem a Tim Maia (1999); Luiz Avellar e Orquestra ProMusica: Taina, Uma Aventura na Amazonia (2000); Tocando Vitor Assis Brasil (2001);

Homenagem a Milton Nascimento (2002); Caminho das Bandeiras (2002); Homenagem a Djavan 2 (2002); Ciclos (2002); Luiz Avellar e Ricardo Silveira: Play Milton Nascimento " Live" (2003)
As sideperson:
Milton Nascimento: Ballet Maria Maria (1978), Ballet Ultimo Trem (1979); Djavan: Alumbramento (1980);
Helio Delmiro: Emotiva (1980); Djavan: Seduzir (1981); Milton Nascimento: Cassador de Mim (1981); Chico Buarque: Almanaque (1982); Djavan: Luz (1982); Emilio Santiago: Ensaios de Amor (1982); Elba Ramalho: Corassao Brasileiro (1983); Luiz Avellar: Piano Solo (1983); Djavan: Lilas (1984); Emilio Santiago: Ta Na Hora (1984); Simone: Cristal (1985); Sivuca: Sivuca (1985); Toots Thielemanns e Sivuca: Rendez Vous in Rio (1985); Djavan: Meu Lado (1986); Milton Nascimento & Wayne Shorter: A Barca dos Amantes (1986); Ricardo Silveira: Ricardo Silveira (1987); Emilio Santiago: Aquarela Brasileira (1988); Djavan: Djavan (1989); Elba Ramalho: Elba ao Vivo (1989); Emilio Santiago: Aquarela Brasileira II (1989); Joao Bosco: Joao Bosco (1989); Lee Konitz: Lee Konitz in Rio (1989); Joao Bosco: Zona de Fronteira (1991); Milton Nascimento: Planeta Blue na Estrada do Sol (1991); Larry Coryell: Live From Bahia (1992); Raphael Rabello: Todos os Tons (1992); Robertinho Silva: Speak No, Evil (1992); Ana Zinger: Songbook Dorival Caymmi (1993); Be Happy: Be Happy (1993); Emilio Santiago: Aquarela Brasileira VI (1993); Fagner: Demais (1993); Ney Matogrosso: Songbook Vinicius de Moraes (1993);
Danilo Caymmi: Danilo Caymmi (1994); Emilio Santiago: Aquarela Brasileira VII (1994); Zizi Possi: Valsa Brasileira (1994); Ana Zinger: Uma Nova Visao (1995); Helena Petraglia: I'm in Love (1995); Ney Matogrosso: Songbook Djavan (1995); Rosana: Gata de Rua (1995); Simone: Simone Bittencourt de Oliveira (1995); Kleiton e Kledir: Dois (1996); Leo Gandelman: Leo G. (1996); Simone Caymmi: Luxo (1996); Flora Purim e Airto Moreira: Fourth World (1997); Lani Hall: Brazil Native (1998); Flora Purim: Sings Milton Nascimento (Nos Dois) (2000); Jerzy Milewski: Meu Bem Querer (2000), Encontros e Despedidas (2000); Vania Bastos: Vania Bastos Canta Clube da Esquina (2002); Carol Saboya: Welcome to Rio (2003)

Contact information:
Artist and booking management - Mr. Andre Oliveira
Tel.: ++Brazil - 21 -2527-6521 or  8152-4597
Email:  avellar@rio.com.br

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