30 years of experience as arranger, music producer and guitarist (cavaquinho, classical and electric guitar). Pro studio facilities in the cities of Brasilia, Brazil and Amsterdam, Netherlands. I would love to hear from you and listen to your music. Let's get in touch!
Cavaquinho and acoustic guitar player Nelson Latif formed his musical identity in the legendary jazz scene of 1980's São Paulo. With roots in choro and jazz, Latif merges Brazilian styles and a classical guitar technique with diverse musical influences. In his melodic phrasing one hears bebop and Brazilian syncopations.
Latif started his studies at age fourteen. At seventeen he was already accompanying singers in the São Paulo nightlife. At this time he won a music school competition and was awarded a scholarship to study conducting and composition at the Faculdade Santa Marcelina. In the early 80´s Latif joined several groups in his native São Paulo and studied with guitarrists Mozart Mello and Paulo Belinatti.
In 1988 Latif moved to Lisbon, where he gave lessons at the well-known Escola de Guitarra de Duarte Costa. In 1989 Latif moved to Amsterdam, where he lived for fifteen years and played with many musicians on the Dutch jazz and world music scene. During the 90's Latif started performing on the cavaquinho, an instrument that became his trademark.
Back in Brasil, Latif has performed with several artists such as Trio Baru, Camerata Caipira, Marcello Linhos e Armorial, Carlinhos Antunes, Quinteto Violado, Raíces de America, Wanda Sá, Mestre Marçal, among many others.
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