Nando Carneiro

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Geraldo Carneiro's brother, former founder, and member of A Barca do Sol, Nando Carneiro established a reputation as an instrumentalist, having been performing regularly since the '70s with Egberto Gismonti.…
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Geraldo Carneiro's brother, former founder, and member of A Barca do Sol, Nando Carneiro established a reputation as an instrumentalist, having been performing regularly since the '70s with Egberto Gismonti. Other artists he has worked with are André Geraissati (Insight), Trilok Gurtu (The Glimpse), John McLaughlin, and John Scofield. Also a composer, Carneiro wrote (with John Neschling) the soundtrack for the film O Beijo da Mulher Aranha, released on the LP Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985), along with his own solo albums. His artistic career began in the group A Barca do Sol, of which he was one of the founders. Along with the group's career albums, A Barca also backed Olívia Byington on her first LP, Corra o Risco (1978). Through the group, he met Egberto Gismonti, of whom all of the band's members were admirers; in the same period, he became a regular collaborator on Gismonti's albums and live performances. Carneiro started his solo career in 1983 with the LP Violão, produced by Gismonti and released in 1991 in Europe. Carneiro won first place in the Concorrência Fiat contest with the piece "Os Povos da Floresta." Two of his songs were taken from his LP Topázio and included on the compilation CD Contemporary Instrumental Music from Brasil, released in the U.S. In duo with Zeca Assumpção, Carneiro recorded the CD Catavento live at the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (Rio). In 1994, he played at the Heineken Festival (Palace, São Paulo) accompanying Gismonti and John McLaughlin. In 1999, he played in the Heineken Concerts (Alfa Real, São Paulo), accompanying John Scofield with Zeca Assumpção (bass), Lelo Nazário (keyboards), Caíto Marcondes (percussion), and Jaques Morelenbaum (cello).