The duo Paulo Bellinati and Cleyton Fernandes is the result of an intense partnership in recent years. Cleyton Fernandes is one of the most important specialists in the Bellinati’s works, having presented and recorded Afro-Sambas, Suite Contatos and unpublished works.
Paulo Bellinati has worked with several guitar duos in recent years expanding the reach of his work to consecrated chamber music for guitar.
The duo presents a show with great successes from Bellinati such as Jongo and Pingue-Pongue, some of the classic Afro-sambas such as Consolação and Canto de Xangô, as well as classics from the Brazilian guitar music.
Paulo Bellinati is one of Brazil's most accomplished sort-after contemporary guitarist, composer, arranger and also a respected music scholar. He rediscovered, transcribed and recorded the music of the great Brazilian guitarist-composer Annibal Augusto Sardinha (Garoto). He has won numerous awards including 1994 Prêmio Sharp Awards (Brazilian Grammy) as best arranger for Gal Costa‘s CD “O Sorriso do Gato de Alice”. Two years later his albums “Lira Brasileira”, and “Afro-Sambas” were also nominated as best soloist and best recording respectively.
Guitar Player magazine nominated him as one of the top 10 Brazilian guitarists. His “The Guitar Works of Garoto”(GSP) and “Guitares du Brésil”(GHA) albums received a 5-star rating from the publications “CD REVIEW’ and “LE CHOC DE LA MUSIQUE” (highest award from prestigious “Le Monde da la Musique” in France) respectively.
In 1988, Paulo Bellinati won the first prize in composition for his solo guitar piece “Jongo”, at the 8th Carrefour Mondial de la Guitare in Martinique. In 1996, John Williams & Timothy Kain recorded “Jongo” for their album "The Mantis and the Moon".
In 1998 Paulo Bellinati recorded the “Brazilian Guitar Virtuoso Video” for Mel Bay Publications, performing and discussing his compositions. In 2003 Mel Bay released the “Paulo Bellinati plays Antonio Carlos Jobim” DVD, which includes Paulo's arrangements of some of the masterpieces by the great Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim.
In 2016, the Brasil Guitar Duo and the DELAWARE SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA, conducted by Maestro David Amado, recorded the album “The Book of Signs” (Naxos), premiering Paulo Bellinati’s Concerto Caboclo for two guitars and orchestra. The CD was nominated for the Grammy Latino as best Classical Music recording. In 2018 was launched another two guitars album: “XODÓS” in duo with Marco Pereira.
Cleyton Fernandes is PhD in Musical performance/guitar and guitar teacher at UFCA University - Brazil. He started his guitar studies in 1982 and had the opportunity to participate in several Master-Classes and Festivals in Brazil and abroad.
He performed in groups like "Arabesque" and “Tarab" among others. Between 2007 and 2011 he also worked as musician, arranger and producer in the Palanco Group specialized in theater soundtrack.
In chamber music He developed duo with the singer Thalita Savordelli, dedicated to the Afro-Sambas project. In 2017, he toured in the cities of Madrid, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels and Laon - Europe and Sydney - Australia. Nowadays, in addition to his teaching and concert activities, he is engaged in research on guitar lutherie.
After sharing the stage of the biggest rooms in the country with the award-winning vibraphonist Gary Burton, the virtuoso guitarist Sandro Norton is preparing to present some of the new sounds that will be part of Flying High… At the Heart of It (Two).
On March 8th, at 6pm,, at Teatro das Figuras, we can watch the Sandro Norton Quartet with a very special guest, violinist Torun Fredberg.
Sandro Norton, one of the greatest national guitarists, promises to surprise the audience. Having already shared the stage with bigger names like Gary Burton, Ian Anderson, Barry Harris, among many others, he is preparing to once again bring in engaging rhythms and an intense jazz atmosphere. This talented Porto musician accompanies himself on this musical and cultural journey with the Quartet Sandro Norton, who has the unmistakable mastery of Nelson Cascais on the bass and Ruca Rebordão on percussion.
Sandro Norton has earned a strong reputation as a musician and educator; renowned for his percussive guitar playing, compositions and improvisation skills. Grammy Winner Gary Burton wrote about his latest album Flying High…At the heart of it, “It’s terrific music. It sounds very, very professional.” Ian Anderson said, “You are one of the best guitarists of the last decades. Your work brings a magical blend of technique and melodic adventures.” World famous producer, Pip Williams, said, “A great guitarist across many genres. He has a great attitude in the studio.”
During his time at university Sandro Norton studied with the likes of Mike Outram, Shaun Baxter, Ian Scott (Beach Boys), Phillip Mead (George Crumb), Dave Cliff (Lee Konitz) and Eddie Harvey (Ella Fitzgerald). He also studied privately with Charlie Banacos, Eric Roche, Dr Barry Harris, Jonathan Kreisberg and Vicki Genfan. Over the course of time Sandro Norton established himself as a session musician working in TV, orchestra and theatre music. His work portfolio includes film soundtracks, television theme tunes and studio work in pop, blues and jazz. He has also appeared in more than 100 national TV shows and played in front of 50,000 people. He is currently performing his solo album Flying High… At the heart of it and leads his own band featuring Gary Burton on vibraphone.
In addition to leading his own bands, Sandro Norton has shared the stage and studio not only with the heroes and great peers mentioned above but also with the likes of Gary Burton, Barry Harris, Randy Brecker, Ian Anderson, Pip Williams, Bias, Vasilis Xenopoulos, Mario Barreiros, Carlos Barreto, Maria João and Filipe Raposo; to name a few. Sandro Norton regularly performs in the top jazz venues and in major festivals across the country and around the world. As an educator he has established jazz programmes; along with presenting workshops for students of all ages.