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Celebrating 20 years of Viva Brasil! Presented in association with EducArte
Since the 1970s, Marcos Ariel has dedicated himself to Brazilian instrumental music and jazz, reaching international status throughout the next decade. Ariel studied classical music in his childhood and later took an interest in jazz, including greats like Hermeto Pascoal and Chick Corea. He formed his first band, Grupo Usina, in 1978. His debut album, Bambu, was released in Brazil and France. In Brazil, it was awarded with the Chiquinha Gonzaga prize in 1983. In 1986, Ariel participated in São Paulo’s Free Jazz Festival, and in the next year, along with his participation in Rio’s edition of the same festival, he recorded the memorable Banda Zil with Ricardo Silveira, Zé Renato, and others. But it was Terra do Índio (1988) that projected him in the U.S., a country in which Ariel has been performing regularly ever since.
Nascido em fevereiro durante o Carnaval do Rio, Marcos Ariel tem a típica alma carioca. Esse fato foi fundamental para sua formação profissional: o estilo do músico sempre foi definido pelos críticos como “puramente carioca”. A partir disso, Marcos Ariel teve a ideia para a gravação de seu trigésimo disco, o EP Soul Carioca, um projeto que contou com o apoio de colaboradores através da plataforma Embolacha.