Viva Brasil's music,
melodies, harmonies, floor shaking rhythms, and smokin' solos keep
fans, and a following of
happy people asking for more all around the world.
In the beginning, Claudio
Amaral started his US musical journey with percussionist Jaime Collaco
whom he met while playing in the streets of San Francisco. Pianist
Aflredo Cardim and drummer Lenny Rioforgiato joined the group for
the next year or two. Moving on, Claudio continued to
highly creative musicians from Brasil
and the United States to create a unique mix of world music. That mix
included his life time friend from his first band in Brasil, drummer Rubens Moura Jr.
In the US, he met pianist Jay Wagner, w co-wrote many of the
band's earlier hits. Bassist Eddie Soleta and
percussionist Kent Middleton completed the band. They recorded
their first album, which included the hit "Skindo
le-le" produced by Mark Rosengarden on Sugarloaf Records owned by Bill Hooks.
The band toured
South and North America bringing
their own mix of Brazilian and world music to people world
wide. Michael Boe and Chalo Eduardo joined the band in the
80's and took the band to a higher level with their showmanship. San Francisco
Carnaval was forever established as the greatest party in the Bay Area
due in part of the group's outstanding performances.
In the 90's, Viva Brasil,
joined by world class
musicians, Marcos Silva on keyboards, Jeff Buenz on bass and guitar,
Andrew Buffington and Celso Alberti on drums, and many guest musicians,
Viva Brasil was a musical power house, a wall of sound, and
fresh ideas. The band
produced two CDs Festa and Messages released by Michael
Kirsch's 7 Bridges Recording company.
Viva Brasil also recorded
with such great
musicians, jazz singers, and vocalists like Stan Gets, Martinho da Vila, Airto Moreira, Mark Murphy and Japanese pop singer Yasuko Agawa, to name a few.
Viva Brasil toured Europe,
South America and Asia and exposed thousands of people to the
richness of Brazilian music.
It is rare when a band is able to stand
the test of time gracefully, and continue to entertain so many
people, with so much soul. This can only be accomplished playing
music straight from the heart.