Berklee Summer in the CityItalo Cunha and the Mates
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Italo Cunha, born in Brasilia, Brazil in 1992, is an award-winning, up-and-coming jazz guitarist, vocalist, producer, and musical director who quickly gained recognition in his country.
He's received such awards as first prize Festbandas (2004), Musical Revelation at the Toque de Classe Institute (2005), the youngest recipient ever of a contemporary musical education degree from the Toque de Classe Institute, the Guitar Department Award (2011), the Jimi Hendrix Award (2010), and third prize in the International Guitar Competition of Souza Lima/Berklee College of Music.
He's also had several television, newspaper, magazine, and radios appearances in Norway, Brazil, Dominican Republic, and U.S. Cunha has been performing professionally since the age of 12 and has toured Brazil, Norway, Argentina, Chile, Dominican Republic, and the U.S. He arrived at Berklee at age 16 on a scholarship, where he had the opportunity to work with many great artists such as Marc Johnson, Mark Walker, Hal Crook, Lee Ritenour, Eliana Elias, Dave Santoro, Leo Blanco, Greg Osby, Mark Turner, Terri Lyne Carrington, and many more.
Currently Cunha is on the jazz label Jazz Revelation Records for the second consecutive year. He also has recorded for Paramount Pictures Studio.