My Biography

FILO MACHADO IS A SINGER, SONGWRITER, MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST, AND ARRANGER. WITH OVER 50 YEARS OF CAREER, 11 RELEASED CDS, AND 1 LATIN JAZZ GRAMMY NOMINATION.

Filó Machado, with over 50 years of career, 13 recorded CDs, and the first Grammy nomination in the category of ‘Best Latin Jazz Album’ with the title ‘Master of Music.’ Throughout his career, he has performed in several countries. He has shared the stage with Michel Legrand, Jon Hendricks, Silvain Luc, Dory Caymmi, Gal Costa, João Donato, Raul de Souza, Kenny Barron, Joyce Moreno, Arismar do Espírito Santo, Leny Andrade, Os Cariocas, Tetsuo Sakurai, and others. He has recorded with Hermeto Pascoal, Andreas Oberg, John Patitucci, César Camargo Mariano, Djavan, Jorge Vercillo, Kenny Barron, SWR Big Band Stuttgard, and Warvey Waynapel.

Biography Singer, composer, instrumentalist, and arranger, born on February 3, 1951, in Ribeirão Preto.

At the age of ten, he started performing in dance groups such as New Boys, Acadêmicos de Marília, Birutas do Ritmo, and Conjunto Icaraí.

Between 1967 and 1968, he worked as a singer and guitarist in the Black Falcons Group and recorded the group’s first album.

In 1969, he completed his first degree at Colégio Dom Bosco in Monte Aprazível (SP), where he worked as a practical music teacher, forming a string orchestra with seventy members.

In 1970, he toured Brazil directing and conducting the Villains Orchestra of Colégio Dom Bosco in Monte Aprazível.

In 1971, he moved to São Paulo and began working in nightclubs such as Carinhoso, Batuqueje, Zibuka, Jogral, Catedral da Samba, Telecoteco, Igrejinha, and Terceiro Whisky.

In 1972, he participated as a guitarist on Marília Medalha’s LP “Caminhada” and worked with guitarist Rosinha de Valença. He also worked with singer Simone at the Igrejinha nightclub.

In 1973, he performed in São Paulo alongside Benito de Paula, Leny Andrade, Zé Luiz Mazziotti, Geraldo Cunha, Macumbinha, Mutinho, and Bira (Sexteto do Jô). He participated in the LP “Catedral do Samba Ao Vivo” alongside Alcione and Fabião.

In 1974, he had his first solo show with his own compositions at Teatro 13 de Maio.

In 1975, together with flutist Léa Freire, he worked with singer Alaíde Costa.

In 1976, he worked with the Originais do Samba group.

In 1977, he participated in a major concert accompanying the great composer Adoniran Barbosa. He also performed a series of shows at universities such as PUC, Fatec, USP, Mackenzie, all in São Paulo.

In 1978, he performed alongside Johnny Alf and Alaíde Costa at Teatro Pixinguinha. He produced the LP “O Violão de Celso Machado” and recorded his first album for Gravadora Chantecler with the participation of Léa Freire, Roberto Sion, Celso Machado, and Aluízio Pontes. The album featured the song “O Polvo” as a success and the song “Velha Cidade” as the theme song for the soap opera “Como salvar meu Casamento” on the now-defunct TV Tupi, both in partnership with Judith de Souza.

In 1979, he opened the Boca da Noite bar and his LP “Filó” became one of the most played albums that year.

In 1980, he produced and directed Robson Santos’ LP “Confraria” and participated in Lé Dantas and Cordeiro’s LP “Brincadeira Manhã”.

In 1981, he participated in Djavan’s album “Seduzir” and recorded the song “Jogral” in partnership with him. In the same year, he toured with Djavan and Fátima Guedes as part of the Pixinguinha project. He also served as the musical director for Fátima Guedes’ show “Bailarina.”

In 1982, he released the single “Trem Fantasma,” which received significant airplay on radios. He arranged and produced the LP “Neon” by Grupo Placa Luminosa.

In 1983, he released the LP “Origens” with special guest appearances by Djavan and Léa Freire. He appeared on popular TV shows of the time, such as Chacrinha, Fantástico, Bolinha, “As Mais Mais” on TV Bandeirantes, and specials on TV Cultura. His song “Terras de Minas” was included in the soap opera “Voltei pra Você” on Rede Globo.

In 1984, he released the LP “Canto Fatal” featuring Jane Duboc, Léa Freire, Roberto Sion, Antônio Adolfo, and Banda Sururu de Capote. The song “Canto Fatal” was translated into Italian and recorded by singer Jim Porto as “Che Será.”

In 1985, he traveled to the United States, where he performed at venues such as “Razz ma Tazz” in Dallas and “Caravan of Dreams” in Fourth World. His albums “Origens” and “Canto Fatal” received significant airplay on American radios. He participated in the LP “Entre Amigos,” which also featured Michel Legrand, Gal Costa, and Joyce.

In 1986, in Rio de Janeiro, he participated in the “Free Jazz Festival” with Leny Andrade, where Egberto Gismonti and Ray Charles also performed on the same night. He composed the soundtrack for the play “Sonho de uma noite de verão” (Shakespeare) and traveled to the United States for a series of solo shows. Upon returning to Brazil, he accompanied singer “Cazuza” on the television program “Som Brasil” on Rede Globo.

In 1987, he participated in a major gathering of composers at Guiomar Novaes hall. He accompanied Ivan Lins on the television program “Som Brasil” on Rede Globo.

In 1988, he arranged and produced Loalwa Brás’ CD “Brèsil.”

In 1989, he traveled to France, where he performed a series of shows on the Cote D’azur in venues such as L’aventure (Nice), Pam-Pam (Nice), and Arma di Taggia (Italy). In the same year, he met Michel Legrand, who invited him to perform at the “Teatro Bercy.”

In 1990, he performed a series of shows in Paris at venues such as Baiser Sale, Le Petit Journal de Montparnasse, Discophage, Le Petit Opportun, and Via Brasil (Bordeaux). He performed at the “Les Arts au Soleil” Festival on the French Atlantic coast.

In 1991, he performed in Germany alongside singer

Elisabeth Tuchmann, in France at the Uzeste Festival alongside Jon Hendricks, and in Fougeres at the International Guitar Festival, Larry Coryell, John McLaughlin Trio, and Christian Escoudé Trio also performed at the same festival.

In 1992, he performed at the “Nuits Atypiques” Festival in Langon, France. Artists from the folklore of India, Madagascar, Thailand, South Africa, and the Antilles performed at this festival.

In 1993, he performed at the Uzeste Festival in France and gave a show in Corsica. He produced, directed, and arranged the CDs of Ana Carla and Robson Santos. He recorded “Oxalá Père” in France with the participation of Hermeto Pascoal and Loalwa Brás.

In 1994, he performed at the Cannes Jazz Festival, where Ray Charles, Nina Simone, Al Jarreau, Michel Legrand, and Diana Ross also performed.

In 1995, he participated as a musician, composer, and arranger on Jane Bunnet’s CD “Rendez-vous Brésil Cuba.”

In 1996, he released the CD “Milagre da Canção” with the participation of Cibele Codonho, Michel Legrand, Tetê Espíndola, Johnny Alf, Paulo Bellinati, Naylor Proveta, Michel Freidenson, and Jane Bunnet. He produced, directed, and arranged the CDs “Luz” by Mônica Marsola and “Momentos” by Zezé Freitas. Knowing the interpreter’s interest in Brazilian folklore research, the arranger created a medley of popular songs. The album contains the track “Cantigas,” recorded with acoustic guitar and percussion.

In 1996, he toured across Canada with the show “Rendez-vous Brésil Cuba” alongside Jane Bunnet.

In 1997, he provided musical direction and arrangements on the CD “Vocalize” by the vocal group A Três and produced and arranged the CD “Num Tom Delicado” by Bia Mestriner.

In 1998, he traveled to Japan and performed with the group A Três, alongside Yuka Kido, and participated as a musician and arranger on the CDs “Mosaico” by percussionist Saoli Sendo and “Espírito Serafim” by singer Toyonno.

In 1999, he produced, directed, and arranged the CD “Zezé Freitas interpreta Zica Bergami,” and his CD “Cantando um Samba” was distributed by the Mallandro Records label in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

In 2000, he performed at the Altxerri performance venue in San Sebastian (Basque Country). The CD “Cantando um Samba” was nominated for a Grammy in the “Latin Jazz” category.

In 2001, he performed at Jazz House in Copenhagen (Denmark), Tokyo and Takasaki (Japan) alongside singer Toyonno. He also performed at Carnegie Hall in New York alongside Gal Costa, Dory Caymmi, Toots Thielemans, Cezar Camargo Mariano, Romero Lubambo, Jane Monheit, and Paula Robison. He performed at “Esnug Harbor” in New Orleans, “Bird of Paradise” in Ann Arbor, and “Night Town” in Cleveland. He produced and arranged the CD “Salada de Danças” by composer Zica Bergami (author of the classic “Lampião de Gás”).

In 2002, A Lua Discos released the CD “Porto Seguro” worldwide, where Filó Machado

features guest appearances by Léa Freire, Arismar do Espírito Santo, Laércio de Freitas, Robertinho Silva, Keko Brandão, and Naylor Proveta. He reissued the albums ‘Origens,’ ‘Canto Fatal,’ ‘Oxalá Père,’ and ‘Milagre da Canção’ for the Brazilian and Asian markets.

In 2003, Filó Machado and Japanese percussionist Guennoshin released the CD ‘F to G’ and performed a series of shows with Japan’s top flutist, Masami Nakagawa. Filó Machado arranged and performed on composer and instrumentalist Tetsuo Sakurai’s CD ‘Cartas do Brasil,’ which also featured Djavan, Rosa Passos, and Valéria Oliveira. In the same year, Filó Machado had a wonderful show with a great star of Brazilian Popular Music, Tito Madi.

In 2004, he performed in a memorable show alongside Johnny Alf, Alaíde Costa, Carmem Costa, and José Domingos, paying tribute to ‘Noite Paulista’ at SESC.

He released the CD ‘Jazz de Senzala’ under the Maritaca label, featuring the participation of Toninho Horta, Arismar do Espírito Santo, Théo de Barros, Léa Freire, Teco Cardoso, Vinicius Dorin, and Thiago Espírito Santo.

In 2005, he toured Japan, visiting cities like Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Kobe, Hatinohe, Yamagata, and Yokohama. In Brazil, he released the CD ‘Tom Brasileiro’ in partnership with singer Cibele Codonho at Sesc Pompeia.

In 2006, he returned to Japan for a new tour with his drummer son Sergio Machado and Japanese musicians Tetsuo Sakurai and Akira Onozuka. They performed in Tokyo (Blue Note), Yokohama (Motion Club), Nagoya, Osaka, and participated in the Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia. In the same year, he toured Europe, performing at Teatre Flagey in Brussels (Belgium), Nuy Atypiques in Langon (France), Concerti Sotto Le Stelle in Pescara (Italy). He also performed with his group at the Teatro Nacional Sucre in Quito, Ecuador.

In 2007, he was invited to be the musical director, arranger, singer, and musician for the project ‘Era Iluminada – Bossa Nova’ at Sesc Pompeia. The project featured João Donato, Joyce, Roberto Menescal, Claudette Soares, Miucha, Miele, Adriana Godoy, Giana Viscardi, Dj Patife, Dj Mad Zoo, Daniel D’Alcantara, Fabio Torres, Sergio Machado, and Carlinhos Noronha. The three-night presentation project was a success and was repeated at the end of the year at Sescs Piracicaba and Santos, as well as at the Teatro Raul Cortez. In the same year, he performed with his group at the Guayaquil Festival in Ecuador.

In 2008, he participated in the Tensamba festival in the Canary Islands, Spain. He then joined the project ‘Encontros,’ sharing the stage with João Donato at Sesc Vila Mariana.

In 2009, he performed at Massey Hall in Toronto, Canada, where Gal Costa and Romero Lubambo also participated. He performed at D’izzys Club Coca Cola in New York, USA. He participated in Andreas Oberg’s CD.

In the same year, the album “Ubida” was released with the participation of: Cesar Camargo Mariano, Kenny Barron, Daniel D’Alcantara, Nilson Matta, Paulo Braga, Teco Cardoso, Gabriel Grossi, and Daniel Santiago, directed by Rick Warm. In Brazil, Filó Machado participated in the Sesc Instrumental Brasil with Edu Ribeiro, João Paulo Ramos Barbosa, Rubem Farias, and Fabio Leandro. Subsequently, he performed the launch concert of the “Ubida” album at Sesc Pompeia.

In 2010, Filó Machado participated in the Barquisimeto Jazz Festival in Venezuela and made his first trip to Ukraine, performing at the Kiev Theater. He then toured China and participated in the Shanghai World Expo. In Brazil, he took part in the Jazz na Fabrica project at Sesc Pompeia with guests such as Olmir Stocker, Walmir Gil, François de Lima, Pichu Borrelli, Michel Freidenson, and Sergio Machado. In the same year, he performed in Jorge Vercillo’s shows for the release of the “DNA” album, featuring the song “Arco – Iris,” a successful collaboration between Jorge Vercillo (lyrics) and Filó Machado (music).

In 2011, Filó Machado conducted a masterclass at the Berklee College Of Music for two weeks, teaching both students and professors. He then embarked on a tour in China with Chinese singer Jasmine Chen. In the same year, he toured Ukraine, visiting cities such as Kiev, L’viv, Odessa, Simferopol, Denipropetrovsk, Kremenchuk, Therkassi, Mykolaiv, as well as Moscow, Kazan, Kemerovo, Novorossisk, Rostov, Krasnodar, Sochi, and Nizhny Novgorod in Russia. In Brazil, he performed in the project “Família Machado in Concert,” featuring his family members who are musicians: Sergio Machado (son and drummer), Carlinhos Machado (brother and guitarist), Gera Machado (brother and percussionist), Alessandro Machado (nephew, singer, and guitarist), Isabela Mestrinér Machado (daughter and singer), and Felipe Machado (grandson and singer) at Sesc Ribeirão Preto.

In 2012, Filó Machado participated in the Lençóis Jazz & Blues festival in Barreirinhas, Maranhão, in a trio format, and the Santos Jazz Festival in the city of Santos, São Paulo, in a quintet format. Alongside singer Zezé Freitas, he paid tribute to composer Zica Bergami (lampião de gás) at Sesc Santana. He then embarked on another tour of Ukraine and Russia. Afterwards, he traveled to Balatonfured in Hungary. Through a grant from SESI, he once again performed the “Família Machado in Concert” show in the city of Franca. He participated in the project “Na Roda do Bourbon Street” in São Paulo, with a show and interview. The following year, he took part in the Ibitipoca Jazz festival in Minas Gerais and performed with his group at venues in São Paulo such as Jazz Nos Fundos, Ao Vivo Music, and All Of Jazz. He then embarked on another tour of Ukraine and Russia.

In 2014, Filó Machado participated in the Jericoacoara Jazz festival and appeared on the TV show “Sr Brasil” with Rolando Boldrin, alongside singer

Cibele Codonho and grandson Felipe Machado. He returns to Ukraine for more performances. In September, he participated in João Donato’s 80th birthday show at Sesc Vila Mariana. In October, he embarked on a tour in Japan (Tokyo/Nagoya/Yokohama) and the USA (Seattle/Portland/Olympia) alongside his grandson Felipe Machado, and together they participated in the Brazilian Music Festival in Tokyo and performed at the prestigious The Triple Door in Seattle. They returned to Brazil and headed to the 1st POA Jazz Festival in Porto Alegre (RS) together with Rubem Farias, João Paulo Ramos Barbosa, Vitor Cabral, and Fabio Leandro. They performed on the same day as Nivaldo Ornelas and Hermeto Pascoal.

In 2015, he participated in the TV Cultura program “Ensaio,” presented by Fernando Faro, with a sextet formation. In the same year, Filó Machado’s daughter and producer created the “Gerações” (Generations) project, where the grandfather (Filó Machado) and grandson (Felipe Machado) performed together in musical projects. They participated in the “Circuito Off” at Caixa Cultural in Curitiba, Paraná, the São Lourenço Jazz Festival in Minas Gerais, the 10th FEM in São Jose do Rio Preto (SP), the 37th FEMUCIC in Maringá (PR) with a show and workshop, the Clube do Choro in Santos with a show and workshop, the Composição Ferroviária in Poços de Caldas (MG), the MPB at Memorial in São Paulo (SP), the Gincana Cultural at CCSP in São Paulo (SP), and the Sesc Sorocaba (SP). They performed dozens of shows throughout the year in Florianópolis (SC), Cambuquira (MG), Penedo (RJ), and São Paulo (SP).

In 2016, Filó Machado’s sextet participated in the “Concertos Astra Finamax” project in Jundiaí (SP). Then, the “Gerações” project returned to Curitiba for the realization of the “Música Pra Gente Miúda” project. He released the album “Quando Se Quer Amar” to pay homage to women. The album consists of 15 compositions in partnership with women and was produced exclusively by women. Filó Machado participated in the Santos Jazz Festival alongside singer Cibele Codonho and grandson Felipe Machado with the project “Tom Brasileiro” (same name as the CD) to honor Tom Jobim’s 90th birthday. He then participated again in the Lençóis Jazz & Blues, this time in the city of São Luis (MA), with Felipe Machado and pianist Fabio Leandro. He also participated in the Natal Fest Bossa e Jazz in the city of Natal (RN) with Felipe Machado, Sergio Machado, and Thiago Espirito Santo. He took part in the Brazilian Day in Stockholm, Sweden. In October, the “Gerações” project expanded, and they held another presentation at CCSP in São Paulo (SP). Filó Machado (grandfather), Sergio Machado (son), and Felipe Machado (grandson) shared the stage with another musical family: Otiniel Aleixo (father), Bebé Salvego (daughter), and Felipe Salvego (son), accompanied by bassist Sidiel Vieira and pianist Fabio Leandro. He performed at corporate events such as

events such as Música em Pauta by APM.

In 2017, he was invited by Zé Renato (from Boca Livre) to participate in Música + alongside Jose Trajano, where the audience enjoyed music and conversations about football. This encounter led to an invitation for Filó to participate in Jose Trajano’s internet program: Na sala do Zé. Filó Machado and Felipe Machado engaged in a chat and performed songs from their repertoire. They performed at Jazz Village in Penedo alongside singer Andrea Brandão, and in April, Filó embarked on his 6th tour of Ukraine, as well as Belarus, England, and France. On 29/04/2017, he received the award for Best Author/Composer at PPM2017 (Professionals in Music Award).

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Filó Machado, with over 50 years of career, 13 recorded CDs, and the first Grammy nomination in the category of ‘Best Latin Jazz Album’ with the title ‘Master of Music.’ Throughout his career, he has performed in several countries. He has shared the stage with Michel Legrand, Jon Hendricks, Silvain Luc, Dory Caymmi, Gal Costa, João Donato, Raul de Souza, Kenny Barron, Joyce Moreno, Arismar do Espírito Santo, Leny Andrade, Os Cariocas, Tetsuo Sakurai, and others. He has recorded with Hermeto Pascoal, Andreas Oberg, John Patitucci, César Camargo Mariano, Djavan, Jorge Vercillo, Kenny Barron, SWR Big Band Stuttgard, and Warvey Waynapel.

Minimatica 2016
Retrowave 2016
Electronica 2014

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