A disciple of Turíbio Santos, classical guitarist Luís Otávio Braga has been one of the carriers of the torch of choro evolution since the '70s. He has been infusing new ideas into the venerable genre as a member of important groups such as Galo Preto and Camerata Carioca, and also as an arranger and composer of both popular and classical music (including music for symphonic orchestra). He has also recorded with Abel Ferreira, Radamés Gnattali, Chico Buarque, and many others. Braga has been accompanying an impressive list of Brazilian artists since he became a professional in 1974. In 1977, he backed Cartola at the Teatro da Galeria (Rio, with Galo Preto). Two years later, he played for Paulo Moura on his Japanese tour. In 1980, with Camerata Carioca, he accompanied Radamés Gnattali on a tribute to Jacob do Bandolim at the Teatro Castro Alves in Salvador, Bahia. In 1983, Braga was awarded with a Prêmio Shell for his performance with Camerata Carioca, Radamés Gnattali, and the Orquestra do Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro. In the '80s as a member of Camerata Carioca, Braga played with Elizeth Cardoso, Maria Lúcia Godoy, Nara Leão, and other top artists. Along with his busy schedule as a session musician, arranger, and performer, he is also a professor at the State University of Rio de Janeiro (Uni-Rio).
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