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Biography

Zezo Ribeiro is a young guitar-player and composer from São Paulo, Brazil, with an impressive artistic trace. Favourite student of John Scofield and Zezo himself a teacher at the São Paulo State University, he stands out for what is called "universal regionalism" in his music. As an instrumentalist and a virtuous guitar-player he is always attentive to what is going on in the world of jazz and flamenco. As a composer he seems to embody the whole variety of rhythms of his homeland - from the ease of a samba to the intimacy of a bossa.

"I started out as a professional musician at the age of 24, though I've been playing guitar since I was a little boy. One day when I was about to finish my studies of economy I realized that music for me was a way of life and that I needed it to feel complete. I owe my identity to the music. I left my girlfriend, my studies and my friends and dedicated myself to the profound and professional study of guitar playing. Those where difficult years, but I had found the place where I could feel free - music. I love to mix different kinds of music and improve harmonies."

Always searching for his roots, Zezo Ribeiro immerses deeply in traditional music to adopt different rhythms and influences. It takes him only two years to define his personal style and be invited, together with Alemâo (Olmir Stocker) to the famous Montreal Jazz Festival. From that moment on they are touring around the world for ten years, visit twenty-three countries - from Angola to Canada - and do no less than 160 concerts. Zezo appears on almost every album that Alemao recorded. At the same time he meets Rafael Rabelo and starts to work with him. Rafael Rabelo is now gone, but in some way Zezo continues his work.

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