Considered one of the most important composers and singers in the new Brazilian Popular Music scene, Pedro Moraes is one of the leaders of a generation breaking ground in Brazilian songwriting, organizing and taking part in collective projects such as the “Coletivo Chama”, a vanguardist art collective based in Rio, and the “Brazilian Explorative Music” sessions, which have taken place during the last two editions of the APAP-NYC conference, and of which Moraes was the idealizer and curator.
Beneath and beyond the stylish Bossa Nova, the iconic Tropicalia and the contagious Batucadas that make up the collective wisdom on Brazilian music, there pulsates a vigorous and independent ecosystem of creators, stemming from different regions of the country, defying trends to write and perform songs and instrumentals of startling freshness and depth. These artists are drawing from the awe-inspiring masters of past (Jobim, Caymmi, Villa Lobos) and present (Hermeto Pascoal, Guinga, Milton Nascimento), while pushing for a new scene in which the familiar seductive beauty and rhythms of Brazil walk hand in hand with explorative musicianship and risk-taking.
One of such musicians is 34-year-old singer/songwriter/guitarist Pedro Moraes, from Rio de Janeiro – an “Electro-samba adventurer” (NPR) whose album Claroescuro was deemed “one of the top 10 world music CDs of 2010” (Boston Globe). Since 2007 he has toured extensively in the US, Europe and Asia and, with his mastery of Brazilian, Latin and self-created rhythms and deceptively organic melodies, Moraes is establishing himself as an ambassador.
After years developing his Brazilian grooves singing classic sambas in the bohemian neighborhood of Lapa, following the release of his debut solo EP Claroescuro (2007) the carioca singer, composer and guitarist turned his full focus to promoting his own “elaborate melodies and unexpected lyrics… bridging traditional and modern trends, ranging from northeastern roots to samba and beyond.” (Musica Brasileira.org)
Pedro has since toured all over Brazil, several European and Asian countries and particularly the US, where support for the full album release of Claroescuro (2010/13) covered coast-to-coast mileage on stages such as Joe´s Pub, SOB´s and NuBlu in New York, Philadelphia Film and Music Festival, Chicago World Music Festival and more.