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EVALDO GUEDES, excellent musician from Brazil, was born in the state of Minas Gerais. “Still very young, says Evaldo, I awoke to music listening to the radio at high volume from a neighbor, and especially my father and my older brother who were amateur musicians and my mother who sang the songs of his time, with his brother and my aunt who sang in the church choir. 

My uncle gave me a guitar and he also liked to sing.  Whenever we would be at myEvaldo 3 grandmother’s house, I also heard  another  cousin of my mother’s who played classical music on the guitar, and who was a neighbor of my grandmother.  In these first years of my school life, we’d hold music meetings in friends’ homes or at my house and dance to the Beatles and Young Guard Brazilian pop movement of the ‘60s.  This also includes serenading the girls at night!  And this is the musical environment I grew up in. 

Later, my family settled in St-Paul and I became a professional working in  jazz clubs…

Evaldo, welcome and thank you so much for participating in this project, while you’ve been in studio recording for your first album of contemporary jazz. 

No. 1)  What is music to and for you? (in general and personally)

Music is life, without it, it would be like living in a world without colors, like having a sky without stars, without a moon or, having sea without a breeze to produce music and sounds moving the foliage of trees y and sea waves themselves creating music, as it emerges form nature.
Music is also a symbol of love between people that identify with the same song.

No. 2)  What inspires you? 

Everything in nature inspires me, all kinds of wild life animals, dogs, cats, horses, the sea and the forest, people and passion for life.  Passion for someone who loves you very.

Evaldo 253No 3)  When you are creating, playing, where does it take you?  Where does your mind travel?

When I’m playing music, I try to integrate everything that I said before, I try to make music movements of people in general, the  color of  animals, I try to navigate the feelings of the people, I offer my gratitude and music also interacts with animals and they love it, humans love music and animals.   It comes form everything that lives deeply in music and the experiences I acquired in all sort of jobs that I carried it as a musician, from musicians I played with all there is, from jazz musicians with whom I identify the most and which are deeply ingrained in my memory.

No. 4)  Do you think music, painting and health are related and if so, how?

The answer from the previous question answers in itself part of that question, the seventh art has always depended on music to create more excitement, enriching the road map  with names like Nelson and John Williams, authors of popular tracks, and even in the era of silent film orchestras played live.  And for health actually music has been applied in various medical treatments as an agent that stimulates healing.  There are cases of patients with problems that result from emotional and physical stress such as depression and who reported feeling well after undergoing treatments  with surround sounds. Listening to music awakens feelings that sensitize the soul and the body is good. Music as therapy activates different parts of the brain associated with motor control, memory-as-superior temporal cortex emotion and speech.

No. 5)  How do you feel when you are playing music, for yourself versus for anEvaldo Com Herbie em 2008 audience?

When I am playing at home alone I keep much quieter, calmer, I tune differently, with classical music studies that have a proper technique, studies of pieces from my erudite repertoire that include concerts  for (“contrabaixo”) contrabass (?)
When I am on stage I intend to convey through music, to the people I am interacting with, feelings of happiness, joy.

No. 6)  Do you identify to your music and if so, on what level? 

I see myself as an artist who has the obligation and desire to present the best of his art to his demanding public, I work towards achieving this goal always, and like what I do.   I identify fully with this at all levels.

No. 7)  Under what conditions do you work best?

Depends if it is a classical music concert in a room with good acoustics, good theater or auditorium designed for this purpose, or in a band shell for every type of event and a good return where everyone can hear, these are the best conditions.

Evaldo _MG_1759No. 8)  Does playing music help you connect with your Higher Self, whatever that is for you? 

This higher self in my opinion does not exist because I learned from Buddhism religion and philosophy that I practice, every human being has the same capacity, I pray for the happiness of the crowd and I can offer the best of my music when I’m playing, praying, invoke the forces of the universe is crucial because it is she who makes manifest the true positive energy without the presence of the ego state of ecstasy that are bad for health. 

No. 9)  How do you feel about creativity in the public school system?

I do not know how it is around the world, but in Brazil, my country of origin, there is a flaw in the educational system in which  music was removed from the school curriculum and students have lost an important link with the art of music, it is known that the music has a positive effect on learning.

No. 10)  In your opinion, what would be a simple solution to improve creativity in the public school system?

Introduce teaching theoretical and practical, such as music theory and rhythmic and melodic dictation, inducing students to enjoy quality music.

No. 11)  What do you think about jazz?Evaldo Buster in my house

It is one of the most remarkable cultural phenomena of the last century. It is not just a certain type of music, but an extraordinary achievement, a remarkable aspect of the society in which we live.

I think jazz is undoubtedly the greatest form of expression of the North American culture and has crossed the limits of its borders,  affecting some countries in the world including Brazil with bossa nova in which they dated and even married lol

No. 12)  How do you feel about improvisation?

About improvisation, that is the time when the musician exposes all his or her academic knowledge, showing virtuosity and recreating the subject of elegant and creative musicians like Miles Davis, John Coltrane,  Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock ,who were far beyond these horizons using the formula of the heart creating a modern aesthetic without giving up the romantic aspect.

No. 13)  What made you choose the instrument you play?

Evaldo download (4)The bass came into my life influenced by my brother, we had a band I played guitar and my brother played bass, but I was attracted by the pulse and the low notes that the instrument produced until I was invited to act as a bassist in a band ball , from there I graduated from a conservatory and joined in a symphony orchestra playing bass for many years.

Again thank you, Evaldo, for sharing with us your thoughts and feelings about your art.  I sincerely appreciate your generosity.  I know that hasn’t been easy as English is not your language.  I want to wish you the very best with your first album which I’ve mentioned below.  Keep well and until we work together again, be blessed!


You are cordially invited to visit Evaldo’s links to hear more of his wonderful music.  Your comments are always appreciated, thank you so much.  Enjoy!





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My name is Michele Andree. I am an artist, I paint musicians in action. I think I’m a musician at heart, my instrument being… a brush, so I play…brush and I paint… music.
I love jazz. I call it freedom music. It promotes special values. I love intelligent people and good conversations.

Some people ask me how music relates to art. Personally I find they go hand in hand. Music is what turns me on to painting. It makes me see colours