Egberto Gismonti


The famous Brazilian composer, pianist and guitarist Egberto Gismonti is worldwide known for his unusual style of playing guitar with the ten strings, twelve strings, and even the forteen strings.

Neck and rows of wires on his instruments are twice as big as a classical guitar and almost unattainable for many famous guitarists. When Gismonti was just six, his fifteen years long music education on piano began. It was followed by the orchestration studies in Paris, and then the guitar. After replacing the classical for specially made guitar with the ten strings, Gismonti begins work on composing concerts under the influence of a very expressive guitarists like Django Reinhardt and Jimi Hendrix. His anthology album Sanfona in 1981 ranked Gismonti among the authors of the best jazz records of all time, and his name entered in the generation of the greatest jazz musicians of the decade in which the great Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter and Pet Metini were pointed out and associated with him the most. Gismonti recorded the album Sol Do Meio Dia, devoted to Singo Indians with whom the Brazilian artist lived for a time in the jungles of the Amazon. Opus that brings out 48 solo albums, 32 editions on which he worked as a guest soloist, the author or producer, with as many as 58 compositions for film, television, theater and ballet, and 17 published and performed concerts around the world, make Gismonti one of the greatest authors of our time.

Alexandre Gismonti

Alexandre Gismonti, a guitarist from a renowned family, has developed his own music language both as performer and composer. He has performed in theaters in Brazil and abroad as soloist, in the duet with his father – the legendary Egberto Gismonti and also within the trio. In 2001, Alexandre made his recording debut with Egberto Gismonti on the CD release Nicanor Teixeira. In 2006, he recorded his own arrangements, interpreted by the great singer Jane Duboc, in the CD Golfinho Gaivota. In 2007 he recorded another duet with his father and in 2009, he released his first CD Baião de Domingo, leading a trio under his own name. Alexandre's compositions have been selected for many important Brazilian instrumental music festivals. He has received much critical praise in both the Brazilian and foreign press.