Multi-instrumentalists Louis Simão and Carlos Bernardo have come together to form VELHA GUARDA, a new group that features their own compositions which draw heavily upon the sounds of Brazilian music and jazz, while also presenting new arrangements of Portuguese folk songs collected by musicologists in the early to mid-20th century.
Louis Simão is an award winning, Toronto-based musician who has been composing, performing and recording as a multi-instrumentalist in a variety of genres for twenty-five years. In addition to performing as a sideman (Nelly Furtado, Kiran Ahluwalia, Michael Occhipinti’s Sicilian Jazz Project, Luis Mario Ochoa, Justin Rutledge, Guinga, Henrique Cazes, Patricia Cano and Sophie Milman), in 2016 Simão released his much-anticipated solo album, “A LUZ” (The Light), which garnered him Song of the Year at the 2017 International Portuguese Music Awards (IPMA) as well as the 2017 World Solo Artist of the Year by the Canadian Folk Music Awards.
Performing on guitar and a number of other instruments such as the oud, bouzouki and viola da gamba, Carlos Bernardo is a Brazilian multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger who resides in Paris, France. In addition to having co-written and co-produced Patricia Cano’s “This is the New World”, and co-written and arranged her sophomore album “Madre Amiga Hermana”, Carlos has released two CDs under his own name, worked with a multitude of Brazilian and French artists and composed extensively for theatre in France and Brazil.
Joining them on this journey are some of the most remarkable musicians Canada has to offer. Luis Orbegoso on percussion and vocals (Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Stevie Wonder, Jerry Gonzalez, Hilario Durán, David Virelles, Chucho Valdéz, Jane Bunnett, Alex Cuba and Patricia Cano); Rich Brown on electric bass (Carol Welsman, Jane Siberry, Glenn Lewis, Andy Milne’s Dapp Theory, Steve Coleman & 5 Elements, Vernon Reid, Rudresh Mahanthappa & Donny McCaslin); Marito Marques on drums (Grammy Winners Ivan Lins and Carlos do Carmo, Adonis Puentes, Hilario Duran, Jeff Coffin, The Wilderness of Manitoba and Sara Tavares).
Louis Simao on “Do Vale a Montanha” live at Jazz Room