Candido Ademir

Ademir Cândido, guitar and cavaquinho player, arranger and composer, was born in 1956 in Porto Alegre, in southern Brazil. Greatly influenced by Hermeto Paschoal, Wes Montgomery, João Gilberto and Heitor Villa-Lobos, he moved to São Paulo at the age of 19, where he immediately started to perform with some of the greatest brazilian musicians including Nivaldo Ornelas, Luizão Maia, Hermeto Paschoal, Paulo Braga, Leny Andrade and Nenê. Soon estabilishing himself as one of the best brazilian guitar players, Ademir has toured around the world and recorded with some of the biggest names in brazilian popular music such as Djavan, Paulo Moura, Nana Caymmi, Leny Andrade, Elza Soares, Raul de Souza, Fafá de Belém, Julio Barreto, Tony Martinez, among others. In 1990, he moved to Europe, and since then he has recorded four solo albums and has performed in many famous Jazz clubs and festivals such as Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz, Paris Jazz Festival, Langnau Jazz Festival, Veneto Jazz Festival and Jazz Lives in Syria. Currently he is engaged in different projects including his quintet which presents original compositions and brings together, with the influence of jazz, many of the beautiful musical colors of Brazil, such as bossa nova, samba, choro and baião.