Joao Callado

Cavaquinho player, composer

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I am a musician from Rio de Janeiro, specialized in samba and Brazilian music. I play cavaquinho, typical musical instrument used in samba and other rhythms from Brazil. I am also a composer, music producer and music director.

I have a home studio, where I can record and make music editions. I can also write arrangements, compose songs and themes and produce tracks, as well.

Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.


AllMusic verified credits for João Callado
  • Teresa Cristina
  • Teresa Cristina & Grupo Semente
  • Teresa Cristina
  • Teresa Cristina
  • Teresa Cristina
  • Teresa Cristina
  • Teresa Cristina
  • João Callado
  • João Callado
  • João Callado
Discogs verified credits for João Callado
  • João Callado
  • João Callado, Fernando Temporão
  • João Callado
  • Chico Caruso, Paulo Caruso, Aroeira E Seus Amigos
  • Léo Tomassini*
  • Teresa Cristina e Grupo Semente
  • Teresa Cristina e Grupo Semente
  • Moyseis Marques
  • Teresa Cristina E Grupo Semente
  • Various
  • Teresa Cristina
  • Adriana Partimpim
  • Zélia Duncan
  • Chico Caruso, Paulo Caruso, Aroeira E Seus Amigos
  • Abel Silva
  • Grupo Semente E Simone Mazzer
  • Teresa Cristina E Grupo Semente
  • Teresa Cristina E Grupo Semente

1 Reviews

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  1. Review by Matthew M.

    Joao is very skilled at his instrument! He works super fast and has great ideas. He is open to your ideas as well and it was a joy collaborating with him. You won't regret working with Joao

Interview with Joao Callado

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: It was the musical play Zeca Pagodinho - Uma História de Amor ao Samba. It won the 2018 APTR prize for best music for theater. I was musical director, arranger, conductor and cavaquinho player.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: I've been playing cavaquinho with the singer Teresa Cristina in her lives, during lockdown, and recording cavaquinho in my home studio.

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: Julio Florindo, bassist player.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Digital AND analog. Depends of what you have and want.

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: A good work. Done with thought and care.

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: I think that art and music are among the most powerful and wonderful things that humanity invented.

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: They're often worried about not knowing to write or read music, but I say it's not a problem, since they have and idea of what they want.

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: That it doesn't involve hard work, time and discipline.

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: What do they want for their music.

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: Go to the links, hear the music, see the videos, know the work.

  21. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  22. A: My cavaquinho, a computer, a good headphone, a external HD and a mic.

  23. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  24. A: I am a professional musician since 1998. I played a lot (and still do) with Teresa Cristina and Grupo Semente. But I also worked with Marisa Monte, Caetano Veloso, Zeca Pagodinho, Diogo Nogueira, Roberta Sá, Paulinho da Viola, Zélia Duncan, Adriana Calcanhotto, Turíbio Santos, Yamandu Costa, Paulo Moura, Marc Sway...

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: I play mostly Brazilian Music, especially Samba. But I hear all genres, and have worked with all kinds of music.

  27. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  28. A: Peter Gabriel. I love his music, with Genesis and solo, since my teens.

  29. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  30. A: Be sure and do as planned, but be open to the opinion of the other musicians and engineers.

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: Samba, MPB, Bossa Nova and Brazilian Instrumental Music. But I also work with Rock, Jazz, Funk and Blues.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Playing cavaquinho and composing music.

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. A: I have worked as composer, instrumentalist, arranger and producer of many songs. I can bring experience, creativity and knowledge.

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. A: When I'm composing, I always seek balance between invention and communication. When I'm working for someone's project, I always seek what is best for the music.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: Avid Fast Track, Marshall MXL 2001 condensed microphone, cavaquinho, ukulele, keyboard, electric and acoustic guitars.

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: Tom Jobim, Paul McCartney, Steve Reich, Mauro Diniz, Wanderson Martins...

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. A: Playing and recording cavaquinho, ukulele, guitar and keyboards; composing songs or instrumental themes; arranging, producing and directing shows, recordings and musical plays.


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GenresSounds Like
  • Teresa Cristina e Grupo Semente
  • Grupo Semente
  • João Callado
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  • Fast Track Solo (Avid)
  • Marshall condensed microphone (MXL 2001)
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