Rogério Souza

Tuesday / September 20, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
United States

Rogéria Souza is a Brazilian guitarist (seven- and six-string guitars), composer, and arranger. He studied guitar with Norberto Macedo and harmony, ear training, and arranging with Adamo Prince and Sergio Adamo Benevenuto.

Souza has performed with some of the greatest artists in Brazilian popular music, including Paulinho da Viola, João Bosco, Dona Ivone Lara, Elza Soares, and Zélia Duncan. He hás appeared at the Festival Villa-Lobos, Montmartre Jazz Festival (Denmark), Blue Bird, Zanzibar, Festival of Ibero-American Culture, Festival de Inverno, Guimarães, and Casa de América Latina.

As an arranger for recording and touring ensembles, Souza has worked with Ivan Lins, Sergio Ricardo, and Delcio Carvalho, among others. Souza served as the music director and arranger for singer Ney Matogrosso's Batuque show, touring for two years throughout Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, and Portugal.

He has produced several albums, including recordings by Mio Matsuda (Atlantica), Rodrigo Lessa (No Bangalo da Bandola), and Agenor de Oliveira, and several albums by Nó em Pingo d'Água, one Brazil's most innovative choro ensembles, of which he is one of the founding members.

As a composer, Souza won awards for best composition and best arrangement in the 1997 Festival of Choro in Rio de Janeiro. In the same year, he released his first solo album, featuring his own compositions as well as collaborations with Lessa, guitarist Yamandú Costa, and saxophonist Eduardo Neves.