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Ro Favilla

Ro Favilla
Location:
Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
Label name:
Lakranya
Members:
Ro Favilla (guitars, keyboards, bass & percussion)
Influences:
all genres

Bio

When its possible, Im a musician and a indie producer. I was born in 1962 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.



My childhood was fullfilled by listening my father´s (Arthur Favilla,) LPs and singing around, his Classics, MPB (for Brazilian Popular Music) a his Big Bands, also the old & new jazz swing and voices like Bill Eckstine, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Diane Warwrick and Sarah Vaughan were a must every weekend. No forgettin´ the Old Blue Eyes Sinatra, of course! My father is currently a crooner in the band ´Jazz Drops´.



Eager listener of lots of music styles, I´ve started to self-taught study pop acoustic and eletric guitar at age of 17. Later, I was quite stimulated by my musician friend Wagner Andre and decided to do classic studies with professor Roberto Costa as well as to study theoretical music while doing my grade on Biological Sciences during the ´80s.



It was a time of music and guitar pieces discoveries such as Bach (Andres Segovia´s tranpositions), Robert de Visee, Paganini, Francisco Tarrega, João Pernambuco, Ernesto Nazareth, Baden Powel, Brazilian Chorinho style and the superb brazilian composer, maestro Heitor Villa-Lobos. His classic guitar´s studies and the Preludes are just priceless.



In the´70s, bands and musicians such as Genesis, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Van Der Graaf Generator, Jethro Tull, Camel, Steeleye Span, Gryphon, Renaissance,Yes, Gentle Giant, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, U.K., Trace, Supertramp, Kansas, Sky, Triumvirat, Premiata Forneria Marconi, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Who, Weather Report, The Police, Peter Gabriel, Peter Hammill, Peter Sinfield (the 3 Ps!), Anthony Philips, Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins, Frank Zappa, Phillip Glass, Brian Ferry, David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, Joni Mitchell, Janis Joplin, Carly Simon, Kate Bush, and so many others had become powerful references which pointed me the following steps.



At that time, Robert Fripp, David Gilmour, Gary Green, Martin Lancelot Barre, Jeff Beck, Pat Metheny, Adrian Belew, Andrew Latimer, Steve Howe, Steve Hackett , Kevin Livgreen, Joe Pass, Al Di Meola, Paco de Lucia, Johnny Winter and - of course - Jimi Hendrix were my excellence models on guitar playing.



On the brazilian side, I´ve got a lot of Baden Powell, Egberto Gismonti, Hermeto Paschoal, Tom Jobim, Tom Zé, Clube da Esquina, O Terço, Flavio Venturini, Toninho Horta, Beto Guedes, Djavan, Naná Vasconcelos, Os Mutantes, Novos Baianos, Uakti, Grupo Rumo, Bacamarte, Arrigo Barnabé, Itamar Assumpção, Waldir Azevedo, Tur[ibio santos, Dilermando Reis, Aquarela Carioca, Premeditando o Breque, Turíbio Santos, Rafael Rabelo, João Bosco, Luis Melodia, Tim Maia (!), Paulinho da Viola, Pascoal Meireles, Sergio Dias, Eduardo Dusek, and many, many others. Uff!



In 1980, I´ve founded the prog-rock band LAKRANYA, which did begin as an acoustic guitar duo with Wagner Andre, which briefly turned into an unmanageable octetus! After this, it would have two main line ups: until 1984 with Cláudio Miklos (Lead Vocal, 12 strings Acoustic Guitar) Ro Favilla (Acoustic & Eletric Guitars, Vocal and Percussion), Wagner André (Piano, Sinths and Acoustic Guitar) and Walkyrio Jr. (Bass & Percussion); from 1984 to 1986 with Flávia Cavazotti de Graaf (Vocal) and Ronaldo Guaranys (Piano & Synths). The band´s only single, ´Kondadh Gambles´, was released in 1984, with a fine repercussion among underground prog-rock culture and alternative radios, broadcasted on such ones as the revolutionary Fluminense FM (with Luiz Antonio Mello as producer) and Roquette Pinto in Rio de Janeiro, as well as Radio Ipanema FM in southern Brazil.



In 1987, I joined Marcus Antonio Moura (Bacamarte) solo work as guitar and percussion player, when I did contribute in composition and developed original uses of eletronic percussion in brazilian standart live shows. At the time, I became quite interested in multicultural studies.



Also in that year I've joined Wagner Andre (Keyboards) and Walkyrio Jr. (Bass) in the dancing instrumental trio LASER AEROBIC MUSIC, where I played eletric guitar and did drum machine programming, playing instrumental of ours as well as versions of Genesis, Fleetwood Mac, Steele Dan, Rick Springfield, Pink Floyd, among others, all made up to dance a lot!



In 1988, I left everything behind me to engage a personal journey trough U.S.A, leading me up to Alaska.



In 1990, back to Brazil, I´ve joined Cláudio Miklos, Alex Frias e Miriam Calisman to found the multimedia group SCIENTIA UNA, an experience that has resulted in various activities, such as spirituality, art and science philosophical seminars; a philosophy newsletter; choreographic music shows, as well as two releases (cassette tapes at the time): Luz Azul (Blue Light, 1991, also feat. Marcus A, Moura) and Bhajans: Mantric Songs (1992).



In 1992, during a trip trough Israel, I learned to play some traditional instruments such as the percussive Derbakke and the double three stringed Saz, changing my focuse on studies and on my music endeavours.



In 1994 I was invited by Vidhya Mandhyr Vedanta Yoga Center to soundtrack a theatre adaptation of the Hindu saga Ramayana, played to honor the visitation of Swami Dayananda, at the time the major representative of Vedanta Yoga. So, I´ve composed six pieces to the play. Afterwards, I continued to put forth the Ramayana theme into a 16 pieces suite. It was concluded in 1996, with the always precious colaboration from Alex Frias.



At that time, I´ve acquired some more know how about independent production and home Studio recording, under the generous teachings of expert Alex Frias (Via Interior label e Meteoro recording studio). Scientia Una ended in 1998.




In 2002, after playing on I Sacred Music Festival in Rio de Janeiro, as part of the Religious Traditions Internacional Gathering, promoted by United Religions Iniciative (URI) and Inter Religious Movement of Rio de Janeiro (MIR-RJ), I´ve recorded two instrumental music with indian tabla player Deb Chacrabuthi, produced and also played by Alex Frias.



In the same year of 2002, I co-produced the Central Brazil's Kamaiura indians sacred flute music recording, performed by their shaman Sapaim, with 10 pieces recorded live and outdoors near a forest in Guapimirim, RJ. Part of this material was put into the various artists CD Xamanismo (Shamanism), which I´ve colaborated with 2 more recordings: 4 Peyote Songs from Cheyenne Tradition (playing the water drum, while Tony Paixão sings the lead vocal and played the peyote rattle), and the my solo Olho de Prata (Silver Eye).




I also participated as guest musician in bassist Pedro Peres album.



After that, I kept on my studies into ethnical native music, mainly the North American ones. It´s lead me to the conception and production of the 2003 indie CD release: ´Ancestral Spirit: A Tribute To The Native American People´, featuring also Tony Paixão and Alex Frias. It lead us to play 3 times at Rio's Sacred Music Festivall (2002-2004) and at Irsraeli World Music Festival and in Tel Aviv venues, i2004.



At the moment, I´m working with very exciting different music projects. Among them, the return of Lakranya, altogether with Claudio Miklos, Wagner Andre, Walkyrio Jr. and Luiz Bertoni, plus some very special guests featuring the studio recordings.



Well, now here I am to present a little bit of my music past, present and future



So, welcome and stay tuned!



Rogerio Favilla - Ro Favilla