DJ set with live percussions, Ricardo Imperatore aka boTECOeletro® from Rio de Janeiro makes an irresistible mix of brazilian traditional music with updated electro beats. Those original compostions have been awarded "Electronic Album of the year 2005" in Brazil (Prêmio TIM)



A “Boteco” is the typical street bar of Rio de Janeiro and Brazil. It is always a vivid picture of the brazilian spirit and culture. Brazilian folk music, samples, drumming, loops and acoustic instruments. In two years of research, the musician Ricardo Imperatore joined all these elements together to create boTECOeletro.

Composed from fragments of “Jackson do Pandeiro”, the Baianas Mensageiras de Santa Luzia, Radamés Gnatalli and mixes created by Imperatore, Botecoeletro was awarded the "Prêmio Tim de Música 2005" in the category of “Best Electronic Album of the Year”.

"Not only popular, not only erudite: “Brazilianity” is the basic concept of the record ", explains who counted with a team of friends to produce boTECOeletro. "Without them the record would not be released", asserts Ricardo Imperatore.

First launched in August of 2004, the album had excellent acceptance from the media, as well as, the music business and professionals. The crowd at the dancefloor also approved what they heard in the presentations - live p.a. - that boTECO made throughtout of 2005 in some capitals of Brazil and of the world. "I was nervous one day, in London, when a DJ said that he would play it at the nightclub. When that happened, the crowd went wild. I was so happy that I paid a round of beer for the people at the bar. I invested 100 dollars!" remembers him, having fun with it.

In may of the same year, the BoTECOeletro project was invited by the Government of the Cidade do Mexico to perform at the “Festival de las Culturas”, with participants from 80 countries.

Before releasing boTECOeletro in Brazil, the musician traveled, in 2002 and 2003, carrying a stack of CD demo and a list of musical producers. During the trip Imperatore got the track “CoconutzMass” to be aired in great radios in Paris, London, Berlin etc. The track also was selected to integrate five international compilations. The track was also included in Eletronic Arts’ FIFA SOCCER 2006 video game.

The first appearance of Ricardo Imperatore in the musical scenario was as the drummer and co-founder of the Band Bel, in 1984. After this, he already toured with Ivo Meireles, Cassiano, and the famous brazilian band the Titãs. Moreover, Imperatore made special appearances in the Brazilian tours of artists and bands as Midnight Oil, Men at Work and Suzane Vega. Since 2001, he started to dedicate integrally to boTECOeletro.


boTECOeletro - NIKITA - 2004

From this album the track "CoconutzMass" was included in Eletronic Arts’ FIFA SOCCER 2006 video game and Paris Radio Nova yearly compilation.

Set List

Coconutzmass - botecoeletro
Jackson de aco - botecoeletro
Botecoeletro visits as baianas mensageiras de St luzia - remix botecoeletro - Autor : maria do carmo
Caminhos do norte - ze bruno
Guitarrada - botecoeletro
O que é bossa nova - lucio k
É ruim, hein! - botecoeletro
Beautifull blind - remix botecoeletro autor Amadou e Mariam
Les pifes - botecoeletro
Tarja preta - remix botecoeletro autor siri
Rodesia - remix botecoeletro autor tim maia
Marinheiro - remix lucio k autor clementina de jesus
Juizo final - remix botecoeletro autor nelson cavaquinho