Jaime Vignoli

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One of the best cavaquinho players of the new generation, Jaime Vignoli had an important role in the development of the choro tradition through the incorporation of modern harmonies and textures in his…
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One of the best cavaquinho players of the new generation, Jaime Vignoli had an important role in the development of the choro tradition through the incorporation of modern harmonies and textures in his sound. He had songs recorded by Walter Alfaiate ("Bolinho de Bacalhais") and Nadinho da Ilha ("Volante de Contenção"), both written together with Luiz Flávio Alcofra and Aldir Blanc. In 1998, his samba "Sem Essa de Malandro Agulha" (together with Aldir Blanc) was recorded by Zeca Pagodinho and included on the soundtrack to the soap opera Pecado Capital (TV Globo), with huge success. His "Birinaite Suite" was included on the CD Estúdio de Música Eletroacústica (Instituto Villa Lobos/Uni Rio, 2000). In the Carnival of 2001, his samba "Regresso da Flor" (with Aldir Blanc) was presented with success in the debut parade of the Rancho Carnavalesco Flor do Sereno. Along with his work in the group Água de Moringa, who had albums released in the U.S. and Europe and with whom he toured internationally, he has worked with many important artists, like Paulinho da Viola, Joel Nascimento, Zezé Gonzaga, Nelson Sargento, Monarco, Raphael Rabello, Chiquinho do Acordeon, Carlos Malta, Quinteto Villa-Lobos, Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira, Guilherme de Brito, Wilson Moreira, Nei Lopes, Martinho da Vila, Elton Medeiros, Mestre Marçal, Adriana Calcanhotto, Wagner Tiso, Eduardo Dusek, Walter Alfaiate, Cristina Buarque, Rildo Hora, Beth Carvalho, Carlinhos Vergueiro, Miúcha, Olívia Byington, Cristovão Bastos, Jards Macalé, Ivor Lancelotti, Dona Ivone Lara, Zeca Pagodinho, Dudu Nobre, Moacyr Luz, Cristina Buarque, and Paulo Moura. In 1987, with 13 other musicians, he founded the Orquestra de Cordas Brasileiras, who won three Sharp prizes in the instrumental category (Best Album and Best Group in 1991, and Best Album in 1992). As a member of Roberto Gnattali's Orquestra de Música Brasileira, he performed in the Free Jazz Festival in São Paulo in 1991. He was also a member of the choro group Água de Moringa, who won a Sharp prize for Best Group. He was the musical director for the short Perdi a Cabeça na Linha do Trem and wrote the soundtrack for two other ones, one being O Matrimônio, produced by German Television station ZDF. In 1996, his song "Parceria" (with Paulo de Castro) won second place at the Festival Vinte Anos de Seis e Meia (Rio de Janeiro).