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"Pela naturalidade da fusão de choro com jazz, Choroso
confirma Marcos Paiva como um dos mais geniais músicos da cena instrumental brasileira
contemporânea". - Mauro Ferreira (Blog Notas Musicais)
Poucas vezes se ouviu, na história da música instrumental brasileira, choros soarem tão naturalmente jazzísticos. Ou, por outro lado, em raras ocasiões o jazz se aproximou de maneira tão íntima da linguagem do choro. - Carlos Calado (Blog Musica de Alma Negra)


Marcos Paiva began his solo career in 2007 with the release of the CDs São Mateus (Marcos Paiva Sexteto) and Regra de Três (alongside Lupa Santiago and Bob Waytt). Since then, it has been highlighting in the Brazilian music scene and drawing the attention of critics and the public for drawing a proper path and with a lot of identity.

In this year of 2019, Marcos Paiva was invited to the Savassi Festival as a resident composer. The work being written will be presented at first reading in September at the Savassi Festival in Belo Horizonte. The bassist recorded with his trio Ensemble Choro Eurdito the album Diversidades, which will be released in the second half of this year. The bass player's sextet has performed again in the city of São Paulo the project Slamousike, along with rappers Kivitz and Max B.O. The project should be recorded still in this first semester with launch scheduled for the end of the year.

In 2018, the bassist recorded Yellow Sax Marine, saxophonist Leo Gandelman and Julio Bittencourt Trio, which was released in early 2019. He premiered the Slamousike project alongside his sixth MP6 (Marcos Paiva Sextet) and rappers Kivitz, Max Bo and Stefanie in the theater of Sesc Belenzinho. He also participated with his sixth recording of songs by composer Amado Maita, produced by Ronaldo Evangelista, which will also be released in 2020. In this project, which will feature big names from the new generation of singers, Marcos made arrangements and musical direction.

In 2017, Marcos Paiva published his first book: The Bass on the Choro Jam Session. The book translates to the contrabass the universe of counterpoints (made in 7-string guitars) of Choro. The book was published in Europe by the German publisher Edition Gruber. This material points out a new aesthetic and technical path for the instrument and is the first with this approach made in Brazil. Marcos also won the PPM - 2017 - Professionals of Music Award, in the Artist Choro category, alongside singer Vânia Bastos. In addition to his own projects, he performed alongside saxophonist Leo Gandelman and Julio Bittencourt Trio on the Yellow Sax Marine show, with the repertoire of Beatles in jazz.

In 2016, Marcos put on the market two CDs with his signature - what 5th and 6th of his career. On the CD Bailado - Marcos Paiva and Daniel Grajew, which was released in April by YB Music (SP), the duo recorded a repertoire written in four hands, starting as a tribute to the universe of "Brazilian pianeros", as Ernesto Nazareth and Chiquinha Gonzaga, and the language of the 7-string guitar, resized by Marcos for the double bass. The duo recreated the language of polkas, maxixes and waltzes in contemporary times by mixing choro and jazz. The duo made more than 20 concerts around the country, participating in the só many festivals like 3o Música Fronteiras (Foz do Iguaçu), POA Jazz Festival (Porto Alegre), Projeto Piano Forte (Sesc Ipiranga / São Paulo), Savassi Festival Annual Project, and events like the Minas Valley Memorial and the Nova Música Project, of the Ema Klabin Foundation.


The bassist launched in the second half of this year, alongside the São Paulo singer Vânia Bastos, the CD Concerto for Pixinguinha - Vânia Bastos and Marcos Paiva. Based on the repertoire of the Brazilian genius, Marcos wrote arrangements for songs sung by Pixinguinha and recorded with his quartet four instrumental songs. These two albums were very well received by the press and music critics, with stories in the Folha de SP, Estado de SP, O Globo, Estado de Minas and many other vehicles throughout Brazil.

In February of 2015, Marcos released his 4th album, CD Choroso, where, along with his trio of bass, saxophone and drums, he proposes an aesthetic opening to crying making this genre genuinely Brazilian in a more universal sound. The launch, which took place in the Auditorium of Sesc Pinheiros, had the participation of Nailor Proveta, leader of the Band Mantiqueira and had stocking exhausted quickly. The CD was signed by the critic Carlos Calado and won praise from journalists from all over Brazil for the singularity of the sonority found and built by the musician. The critic Mauro Ferreira closes his review on the disc speaking "For the naturalness of the fusion of choro with jazz, Choroso confirms Marcos Paiva as one of the most genial musicians of the contemporary Brazilian instrumental scene". In addition to the various CD Choroso release shows, Marcos Paiva performed alongside Vânia Bastos in the Pixinguinha concert show, and performed shows alongside his sixth album - MP6 (Virada Sustentável and Projeto Samba Jazz +50, by Sesc Campo Limpo) . In 2014, Marcos toured the SESC Rio network and presented with his trio the musical show "40 Anos Sem Pixinguinha", where he shared the stage with the singers Maria Alcina and Vânia Bastos. Before the concerts, he presented in all theaters the Pixinguinha workshop and the Invention of a Genre. Also in the same year, he participated with his sextet at the prestigious festivals "Instrumental Panel of the Conservatory of Tatuí", where he gave an open lecture about his music and his career, and at the Festival Jazz & Blues (Sesc São Paulo). He was also part of the project "Pulsassom" of Sesc Ipiranga-SP and directed and arranged the show "Lupicínio Rodrigues - 100 Years".

In 2013, he was invited by the New York-based saxophonist Ilhan Ershain to participate, alongside Turkish clarinetist Husnu Selendrici, of the Istambul Agora project. He played alongside his sextet at the Nublu Jazz Festival which celebrates jazz culture in the cities of São Paulo, Istanbul and New York. Marcos Paiva Sexteto was the only Brazilian attraction to perform at the festival. He also made the musical direction and arrangements of the show "Amado Maita - 40 years of LP", with the participation of singers Luisa Maita, BNegão, Ed Motta, Curumim, Bruno Morais, Tiganá Santana, as well as the pianists Laércio de Freitas and Marcelo Maita , and his sextet. Marcos was invited by the cultural producer Myriam Taubkin to be part of the show "Na Mira da Música Brasileira - 3", with musicians from various regions of Brazil and with shows in the Ibirapuera Auditorium.

In February 2012, Marcos Paiva Sexteto released his 3rd CD, Minha Samba no Prato - Tribute to Edison Machado, where he honors the aesthetics of Brazilian samba jazz from the 60's, in particular the anthological album by drummer Edison Machado titled "Edison Machado is Samba New". The CD, which was pre-selected for the 24th Brazilian Music Prize of 2013, had positive critics in the newspapers O Globo (Luiz Fernando Vianna), Folha de SP (Ronaldo Evangelista), O Estado de São Paulo (Julio Maria) and State of Minas (Eduardo Tristão). He has also been featured in magazines such as Carta Capital (Tárik de Souza), Veja (Sergio Martins), Rolling Stones (Paulo Cavalcanti), Revista Brasileiros (Luiz Chagas) and Raça Magazine. He appeared on the List of Best Records of the Year of Valor Econômico newspaper and had the track "Edison # 3" in the Hot List of Rolling Stone Magazine (Mar / 2012).

The musician released his solo career in November 2007, with the release of the São Mateus album, in the project Sesc Brasil Instrumental - Rede Sesc TV. The CD had a strong repercussion in the musical and critical environment. In February of that same year, Marcos recorded CD Regra de Três with drummer Bob Wyatt and guitarist Lupa Santiago.

As producer and musical director, Marcos Paiva has signed the production of Fabiana Cozza's two CDs, "O Samba é Meu Dom" and "Quando o Céu Céu" - nominated for the Tim Award in 2006 and 2008 - and also on the DVD "When the Céu Clarare ", with the participation of Maria Rita and Rappin Hood.

Marcos Paiva has already shared the stage with great artists and instrumentalists. Among the names of Brazilian vocal music, the musician has already performed works alongside Bibi Ferreira, Zizi Possi, Ná Ozzetti, Danilo Caymmi, Maria Alcina, Fabiana Cozza, Cauby Peixoto, Ana Caram, Lucinha Lins, Agnaldo Rayol and Virginia Rosa. Among the international highlights, Marcos played with artists such as the pianist based in France, Tânia Maria, the Mexican singer Magos Herrera, the Cuban Fernando Ferrer and the Portuguese singer Teresa Salgueiro, a member of the Madredeus group, with whom he toured Europe Spain, Portugal, Italy, Luxembourg and Serbia), America (Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil and Chile) and Israel in 2007 and 2008.

In the instrumental music, Paiva played with Yaniel Mattos, Marquinho Mendonça, Bob Wyatt, Michel Freidesson, Lupa Santiago, Alex Buck, Daniel D'Alcântara, Rubinho Antunes, Fabiano Araújo, besides participating in the most important bands of São Paulo as the Heart Breakers & Guga Stroter Orchestra, the Sound Scape Bigband and the groups Cacique Jazz Combo, Banda Urbana and the pop-orchestral group Nouvelle Cousine. Marcos was a professor at the renowned Conservatory of Tatuí-SP in 2007 and 2008, where he taught acoustic bass weekly classes. He is professor of the Vocational Program of the City Hall of São Paulo.

He holds a Bachelor's degree in Music from Faculdade Fito - Fundação Instituto Tecnológico de Osasc, where he defended the Course Conclusion Work "Brazilian Music and Music Education: Notes for the Formulation of a Teaching Project". He holds a master's degree from the State University of Campinas, Unicamp, where he studies the idiomatic transposition of seven-string guitar lines in choro to double bass.

Born in Tupã (SP), Marcos grew up in the city of Viçosa, in the interior of Minas Gerais, lived in Rio de Janeiro and moved to São Paulo in 2000.