Rodrigo Simões

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Course Instructor (Jazz Afro-Cuban/Brazilian Combo)

Rodrigo Simões
Music Performance
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rodrigo.simoes [at]

Rodrigo Simões is a composer with a distinctive style that oscillates between Brazilian music and jazz improvisation. His international career has taken him through China, Australia, South Korea, Paraguay and the United States, in addition to his native country – Brazil – and his adopted country – Canada. The guitarist has already collaborated with great artists in Brazil (Elza Soares, Carlos Malta, Paulinho da Viola, Dominguinhos, Zeca Baleiro and Paulo Moska) and in Canada (Bill McBirnie, Joel Miller, Flavia Nascimento, Sienna Dahlen, Alex Lefaivre, Sonia Jonhson, Mark Nelson, Carl Mayotte and Jean-Pierre Zanella). In 2013, his first album, “Aos Velhos Amigos”, was released in Brazil. In 2018, he completed a masters degree in jazz composition at the University of Montreal, under the supervision of bassist Alain Caron (UZEB). That same year, he released his second album, “Jazz Brésilien”, through the Montreal jazz record label Multiple Chord Music, which received Bronze Medal from Global Music Awards and was classified among the 5 best jazz CDs 2018 in Quebec by Sorties Jazz Nights. Today, he is preparing the release of his third work, a concept album under the sign of 3.

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