Marco Pereira: South American Guitar Styles
Marco Pereira is beloved as one of Brazil's greatest guitarists and composers, his music ranging from solo guitar music infused with improvisatory flair, to fully orchestrated compositions. His is a sound world informed by the exotic and warm South American way; infused with rhythmic groove, romantic melodies and harmonies, and an energetic joie de vivre.
Pereira was born in Sao Paulo and took classical guitar lessons with the Uruguayan master Isaias Sávio and music theory lessons at the Music and Drama Conservatory of São Paulo.
He lived in France for five years and received a classical guitar master's degree in performance from the Université Musicale Internationale of Paris, and a master's degree in musicology from the University of Paris-Sorbonne with his thesis on Heitor Villa-Lobos and his guitar work.
Currently, he a professor in the Composition Department at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). His compositions were issued by the publisher Éditions Lemoine of Paris, France and GSP (Guitar Solo Publications) of San Francisco, California; they have been played and recorded by guitarists all around the world.
He has two CDs released in Europe: Stella del Matino (EGEA: Perugia, Italy) and Essence (Kind of Blue: Lugano, Switzerland).
In 2007 he released the album Camerístico for Guitar and Orchestra, featuring his own compostions and arrangements as well as the book/CD Ritmos Brazileiros, the definitive text regarding Brazilian rhythms for guitar.