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About Jaques Morelenbaum

Former A Barca do Sol member, Jaques Morelenbaum participated in Tom Jobim's and Caetano Veloso's Grammy-winning albums and has been actively working with Egberto Gismonti, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Cesária Évora, Madredeus, Marisa Monte, Titãs, Skank, Carlinhos Brown, Daniela Mercury, Gabriel o Pensador, Elba Ramalho, Fernanda Abreu, Gal Costa, and many other top artists. Also a member of the Quarteto Jobim/Morelenbaum, formed with Paula Morelenbaum, Paulo Jobim, and Daniel Jobim (respectively, Tom Jobim's son and grandson, all four former members of Jobim's Banda Nova), Morelenbaum has writing music for cinema (including for the award-winning Central do Brasil and Orfeu do Carnaval). Son of conductor Henrique Morelenbaum and piano teacher Sarah Morelenbaum, Jaques Morelenbaum grew up in a highly musical environment, starting to study music at age three. At 12, he took up the cello. Morelenbaum's first professional experience was in the A Barca do Sol group. Having performed under Leonard Bernstein at Tanglewood, he also participated in Jobim's Banda Nova from 1984 to 1994, having already performed live with him in 1985 at a concert at Carnegie Hall. Among his other albums, Morelenbaum participated in the Grammy-winning Antonio Brasileiro. After 1988, he also became a sideman for Egberto Gismonti for five years, having taken part in his albums for ECM Infância, Música de Sobrevivência, and Amazônia. Morelenbaum also conduced the Orquestra Sinfônica da Bahia in 1997, played Gismonti pieces, and collaborated with Gismonti on the composition of music for ballets, films, and diverse ensembles. After having participated in the Chico & Caetano TV show (hosted by Chico Buarque and Caetano Veloso), Morelenbaum started to work for Caetano Veloso on his Circuladô (1991), beginning a prolific collaboration with Caetano as instrumentalist, musical director, producer, and arranger, having been responsible for the arrangements and production of the Grammy winner Livro, along with other albums by him. During production on Circuladô, Morelenbaum met Ryuichi Sakamoto, who was also participating on the album, and started collaborating with him, too. In the mid-'90s, Morelenbaum performed in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo at the Free Jazz Festival with ten percussionists of the drum section (bateria) of the Mangueira samba school. With Caetano Veloso, Morelenbaum wrote and produced the soundtracks for the films O Quatrilho (Fábio Barreto), which was nominated for an Oscar in 1995 as Best Foreign Film, and Tieta do Agreste and Orfeu do Carnaval (both by Cacá Diegues). He also co-wrote (with Antônio Pinto) the soundtrack for the film Central do Brasil (by Walter Moreira Salles), which won over 30 international awards and was nominated in 1999 for a Best Foreign Film Oscar. That year, Morelenbaum was awarded the Prêmio Sharp in the Best Cinema Soundtrack category. Two years later, Morelenbaum (Jaques and wife Paula) collaborated with Sakamoto on an album of Jobim material entitled Casa. In 2003 the trio, with guitarist Luis Brasil and percussionist Marcelo Costa, cut their live set in a Manhattan studio, A Day in New York. In 2006, Morelenbaum produced, arranged, and conducted the Lisboa Sinfonietta, was a soloist on fado singer Mariza's landmark Concerto Em Lisboa, and arranged strings for Cesaria Evora's Rogamar. While he didn't record on his own for five years, he was instrumental in providing arrangements and production help to recordings by Caetano Veloso (Lingua) and Monte (Infinito Particular) among others. In 2011, he collaborated with Paolo Fresu and Omar Sosa on Alma, and followed it three years later with Rendez-Vous in Tokyo with Japanese composer, arranger, guitarist, and producer Goro Ito. In 2014, he issued CelloSam3atrio: Saudade Do Futuro Futuro de Saudade with himself on cello, Rafael Barata on drums, and guitarist Lula Galvão. Morelenbaum's trio with Fresu and Sosa expanded to a quartet to include vocalist Natacha Atlas for 2016's EROS; Live in Italia (Omaggio a Jobim) was performed and recorded with Paula and CelloSam3atrio. The following year saw the release of Zélia Duncan and Jaques Morelenbaum Interpretam Milton Nascimento: Invento Mais. In 2017, he arranged and guested on Os Argonauta's Samba delle Streghe. ~ Alvaro Neder

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