Ivinho is an important name in the formation of the pop/rock style forged in the Northeast in the '60s and '70s, which would yield artists like Alceu Valença, Zé Ramalho, Ednardo, and others. As a virtuoso guitarist, he influenced pop/rock music from the Northeast and participated in seminal bands like Tamarineira Village and Ave Sangria. He was a member of Alceu Valença's band and recorded albums for several artists like Ednardo, Xangai, and Vital Farias. His apex was his solo performance at the Montreux International Jazz Festival in 1978, where he played mostly themes improvised on the spur of the moment alone on his 12-string guitar. The show was recorded and released as Ivinho Ao Vivo (Warner). Ivinho started in music in 1966 as a member of the dance band Os Selvagens. In 1972, he joined Tamarineira Village, soon switching to Ave Sangria, two fundamental bands in the psychedelic '70s who became extremely influential in the Northeastern pop sound. After the stint in Ave Sangria (during which he recorded all instruments except drums on the album Ave Sangria [Continental, 1974]), Ivinho joined Alceu Valença's band, participating with him in TV Globo's festival, Abertura, in 1975 with three other members of Ave Sangria. After his performance at Montreux, Ivinho drowned in a chemical nightmare that spoiled his mental sanity, disappearing from the music scene. His second and last LP, Caçador de Frutas (Continental), never happened.