Nelson Latif Trio

The trio plays both original compositions and songs from the classic Brazilian repertoire. The arrangements leave a lot of space for improvisation, while maintaining an acoustic sound, a major characteristic of Brazilian music.

Nelson Latif Trio has performed in several countries and recorded its first album in Seoul with the Korean jazz singer Kim Jun. The group members are Nelson Latif on 5-string cavaquinho and 7-string guitar, Daniel Miranda on 7-string guitar and Nema Lopes on percussion.

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Trio Baru


Guitarists Bosco Oliveira, Nelson Latif and percussionist Rafael dos Santos make up the new line-up of the Trio Baru, a group that has been touring many countries all around the world for the last six years. The musicians have different musical backgrounds: Latif in the choro, Bosco in the Spanish flamenco and Rafael dos Santos in the regional styles of his native area, Maranhao.

In their next program Violao Brasileiro (Brazilian Guitar) they will use a variety of string instruments and play their own compositions as well as works from the great Brazilian composers Villa-Lobos, Jacob do Bandolim, Egberto Gismonti, Garoto and Baden Powell. All tunes are specially arranged in the signature style of Trio Baru.

João Bosco de Oliveira was born in Brasília in 1967, and started his guitar studies at the age of 8. He studied at Escola de Música de Brasília and the Universidade de Brasília-UNB, graduating in 1992. Bosco took part in several international guitar competitions and won four of them. He has performed in Brasília and other Brazilian cities, and always receives excellent reviews in the Brazilian press. Bosco Oliveira is the coordinator of the classic guitar department at the Escola de Música de Brasília, where he has been teaching since 1993.

From São Luiz, drummer and percussionist Rafael dos Santos is well-known for his musical diversity. He is a specialist at mixing the traditional stylles of Afro-Brazilian music with modern jazz. Rafael is a teacher at the renowned choro school Rafael Rabello, in Brasília. Besides playing with Trio Baru, he can also be seen all around Brazil as a sideman of some of the country's star singers.


Guitar Syndicate


Nelson Latif (Brazil) - acc. guitar en cavaquinho
David Golek (Israel) - ell. guitar
Daniel de Moraes (Uruguay) - acc. guitar
Breno Virícimo (Brazil) - double bass
Olaf Keus (Holland) - drums

The Guitar Syndicate is an encounter between three guitarists from different backgrounds plus groovy double bass and drums. Their music goes beyond a particular genre in music. In instead it creates a unique kaleidoscope of sounds, melting Jazz, Latin, Brazilian and classical influences all together.

Alma Brasileira Project and Lecture Paths of Brazilian Music


The Alma Brasileira project is created for universities, Brazilian embassies and centers of Brazilian studies around the world. It can also be adapted for conservatories and social science courses. It consists of five days of activities focused on Brazilian music. Workshops for musicians, concerts, and the lecture Paths of Brazilian Music present a wide panorama of Brazilian music and culture.

The lecture Paths of Brazilian Music focuses on the different trends in Brazilian music, using musical styles created in the 20th century as guidelines. Nelson Latif draws parallels between political situations in and outside Brazil, and their influences on Brazilian artists. This gives the audience a broad view of Brazilian music and society. The lecture is illustrated with musical examples preformed live by the Trio Baru. The lecture starts with the 1920's, with the Semana de Arte Moderna in Sao Paulo and the music scene in Rio de Janeiro, where composers Chiquinha Gonzaga, Villa-Lobos and Pixinguinha were active. It ends with an analysis of the current cultural production in Brazil, wondering if today, in a globalized world, the “anthropophagic paradigm” of the 20's could still be applied.

Workshop "Projeto Batucada"

This workshop is all about Brazilian music and its rhythms. The musicians demonstrate the different styles used in this music, and they talk about their Indian, African and European influences. The students participate in the workshop by singing tunes, using their hands to clap the different rhythms and - if the setting allows - by dancing. The program also demonstrates the fundaments of Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art form.