Born & raised in São Paulo, Brasil, Chico Pinheiro began playing the guitar when he was 6 years old. At 14, he started working as a studio session guitarist and soon began to be called to collaborate with a wide range of artists in his hometown, then in all Brazil, and later abroad. In 2002, Pinheiro put together a band of his own and started recording as leader.
His first album, Meia Noite Meio Dia (Sony Music/ 2003) received great reviews and was included in the Top 10 Brazilian albums of the year. This debut included performances from special guest vocalists Lenine, Ed Motta, Chico César & Maria Rita. His second release, Chico Pinheiro (Biscoito Fino/ 2005) enjoyed great critical and audience acclaim.
The third album, NOVA (2007), was in collaboration with the American guitarist and composer Anthony Wilson. There’s a Storm Inside (CT Music Japan/ Sunnyside Records, NY, 2010) was his fourth album, released in 35 countries. It includes guests such as Dianne Reeves and Bob Mintzer. This disc won awards like the ‘Best Brazilian Jazz Álbum of the Year’ and ‘Best Latin Jazz Composition of 2010’. Pinheiro also won as ‘Best Latin Jazz Guitarist’, in the same association. In 2012 he released the CD TRIZ, in partnership with the pianist and composer André Mehmari and singer & composer Sergio Santos. In 2017 Chico released Varanda, a special collaboration project that again was included as ‘best of the year’ in all major papers and magazines in Brazil and abroad.
Chico today is considered to be a prominent figure both within and outside the Brazilean musical scene, as a distinguished guitarrist, composer & arranger. His latest release City of Dreams (2020), was nominated for the Grammy Awards in the ‘Best Latin Jazz Album Grammy 2021’. Alongside his projects as leader, he also has collaborated with artists such as Placido Domingo, Brad Mehldau, Dave Grusin, Dianne Reeves, Kurt Elling, Danilo Pérez, Nnenna Freelon, Bob Mintzer, Herbie Hancock, Julian Lage &Steve Cardenas, Esperanza Spalding, Ivan Lins, Rosa Passos, Chico César, Ed Motta, Chris Potter, John Patitucci, Lee Ritenour, Ari Hoenig, Peter Erskine, among others.
+ Info: www.chicopinheiro.com
Thursday 8 July: Museo de Arqueología y Naturaleza (Santa Cruz de Tenerife), 20.00h
Friday 9 July: Explanada del Faro de Maspalomas (San Bartolomé de Tirajana), 20.00h
Saturday 10 July: Palacio de Formación y Congresos (Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura), 20.00h