Mehmari is considered one of the most talented young musicians of his
native Brazil. His activities as pianist, composer, arranger and instrumentalist
are highly regarded both in popular and classical music. As his compositions
and arrangements have been performed by important Brazilian orchestras
(OSESP) and chamber ensembles (São Paulo String Quartet), his
career in jazz and Brazilian popular music has also attained wide attention
as he has gained wide recognition for his music in jazz festivals and
Born in 1977 in Niteroi (RJ), he began to study music with his mother
at the age of five, and completed an organ course in the Conservatory
of Ribeirao Preto (SP). At the age of ten, having been self-taught
in jazz improvisation, he wrote his first compositions. After beginning
his professional career playing piano and organ in social events he
later formed his own jazz trio demonstrating his abilities as composer
and performer in local jazz clubs. At the age of 15 while teaching
organ in the Conservatory of Ribeirao Preto, Mehmari was invited to
compose a method for keyboard beginners. The result was a 20-piece
collection, a work greatly appreciated by young musicians and their
precociousness as a composer and multi-instrumentalist was well documented
by the media.
In 1995 he moved to Sao Paulo to study at the Sao Paulo State University
(USP). In the same year he won the university’s competition for
original Brazilian popular music (MPB). The same honor was awarded
to him for classical music in 1997.
In 1997, after developing an active piano performance schedule, he
started writing orchestral arrangements for major musical events in
Sao Paulo. He participated in a recording with the inclusion of a Mehmari/Jardim’s
composition interpreted by the popular Brazilian singer/composer, Milton
the following year he won the first national VISA MPB (Brazilian Popular
Music) Competition, the most important award for popular music in Brazil.
After recording his first CD, as reward for the first prize winner
(highly praised by reviewers and listeners), Mehmari performed in various
Brazilian concert halls. “Odisséia” was recorded shortly after
the VISA CD. It is a totally improvised piano trio album with long time
colaborators Célio Barros and Sérgio Reze.
Many activities mark the year of 1999. He was invited to teach jazz
piano in the Campos do Jordao Winter Festival, one of the most important
musical events in Brazil. André played in both Chivas Jazz and
Heineken Concerts, two of the most important Jazz Festivals in Brazil’s
Recorded in that same year at his home studio, the colorful “Canto”,
released in 2002, where the multi-instrumentalist Mehmari shows his
abilities as composer and arranger, playing also all 26 instruments
heard on the CD : piano, clarinet, viola, violin, cello, percussion,
guitars, double-bass, flute and voice, to name a few. “Sinfonia
para Mario Covas” National Composition Competition Award, first
prize winner with “Sinfonia Elegíaca” in four movements.
A new CD, Lachrimae, was released in 2004 by the audiophile label CAVI.
Two different piano trios are the center of this recording with special
guests Mônica Salmaso (voice), Dimos Goudaroulis (cello) and Luca
Raele (clarinet). The combination of Brazilian MPB classics in highly
creative arrangements and Mehmari’s own compositions create a
very special portrait of the pianist’s unique style and language.
Also won the National Composition Competition Award “Camargo Guarnieri”,
with “Omaggio a Berio” based in Monteverdi’s music.
He has an active performing schedule with his two trios, solo piano
and in duet with singers Monica Salmaso and Ná Ozzetti.
With the later, he recorded the acclaimed "Piano e
a true Brazilian masterpiece of recent MPB. Mehmari reguraly write
compositions and arrangements for Brazilian leading orchestras
(OESP) and chamber ensembles (Quinteto Villa-Lobos, Sao
Paulo String Quartet). Recent compositions includes the "Angelus
Piano Quintet" and "Dance Suite", commissioned
by São Paulo State Symphony and 'Viagem de Verão',
commissioned by Portuguese piansit Maria João Pires,
for her Spanish Schubertíade.
made his U.S. premiere at the 2005 edition of Spoleto
Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina, stunning the
audience with his blend of virtuosity, vitality, and musicality.
Was invited to play at the TIM festival 2006, with his
trio on the jazz stage. After winning the Carlos Gomes
award for classical music revelation of the year of 2006,
Mehmari was appointed resident composer for the São
Paulo State Wind Band. Also wrote original orchestral music
for the official PAN American games cerimonies, that took
place on legendary Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro,
Played under direction of Maria Schneider at the
Ouro Preto Jazz Festival in Minas Gerais. Released the
'Continuous Friendship' album (Adventure Music) , in duet
with mandolin-virtuoso Hamilton de Holanda. In 2008 released
a CD entirely dedicated to his own compositions: 'About
waltzes and trees' and (aged 30) toured the northeast of
Brazil with Ivan Lins, playing both Ivan's and his own
compositions at the traditional Pixinguinha Project, 30th
aniversary special edition. For Ivan Lins and the Metropole
Orkest Amsterdam, wrote an arrangement, played under direction
of Vince Mendoza.
A piano solo album entirely
dedicated to the music of the Clube da Esquina was recently
released. With the quintet album Nonada,
Mehmari was nominated for the 2008 Latin Grammy Awards.
Also he wrote a double concerto for jazz piano, clarinet
and winds, performed with clarinet master Gabriele Mirabassi
and Sao Paulo State Wind Band.
Composed and performed a Concert for Jazz Piano Trio and
Strings, commissioned by the São Paulo State Orchestra.
For the São
Paulo Dance Company composed a full scale ballet, premiered
A Mehmari-Mirabassi duet
CD called MIRAMARI, is now released, both in
Brazil and abroad. In 2010, signed with the main contemporary Italian label, EGEA . Composed "Contraponto, Ponte e Ponteio", for the Petrobras Sinfonica, premiered under Isaac Karabtchevsky at the Rio de Janeiro Municipal Theater. After receiving a commission from the German TV Deutsche Welle, Mehmari wrote "The City of Sun", for the Heliopolis Symphony. The work was successfuly premiered in Germany, at the Beethovenfest, both in Bonn and Berlin. Recently toured solo piano in Japan and played with Hamilton de Holanda the new relase Gismontipascoal in several European countries.
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North America Booking & management:
Michael Grofsorean / musica extraordinaria