Fred Martins
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Fred Martins

Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
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"Janelas" - 2001
"Raro e Comum" - 2005
"Tempo afora" - 2008
"Guanabara" - 2009
"Acrobata" - 2011


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Fred Martins was born in Niteri (RJ) in 1969.

Interested in music since childhood, started playing guitar at age 11.

He began composing in partnership with Marcelo Diniz and Manoel Gomes and at 14 formed his first band, in which mixed jazz with MPB, with strong influences of Egberto Gismonti.

The possibility of facing the music professionally starts to become more concrete during its passage through the Guitar Group, on University, between 1986 and 1989. From this period, Fred Martins begins his studies in counterpoint and harmony, arrangement and functional harmony.

At the same time, performs the work of transcription of scores for some of the most famous Songbooks produced by Almir Chediak, including those of Noel Rosa, Chico Buarque, Tom Jobim, Gilberto Gil, Joo Bosco, Rita Lee, Dorival Caymmi.

Those transcriptions were giving birth to something else as well.

Writing those marvelous scores greatly stimulated me to write my own songs, and the material started to accumulate.

It didnt take long for the appearance of Fred Martins, singer-songwriter. Janelas and Raro e Comum, two gems of band-based MPB (Brazilian Popular Music) with an alternative rock attitude, were strong enough for Fred Martins to win the prestigious Visa Award for Composers. And he did it in an unusually impressive way.



Para alm do muro do meu quintal (Behind my courtyard walls), one of the verses of  Noite de So Joo - a poem by Alberto Caeiro (Fernando Pessoa) - set to music by Fred Martins, names his first album recorded in Europe.

With five released albums, Fred Martins presents in this album, some of the most memorable songs of his 20 year-career, that have become indispensable in his concerts, including those that were also recorded by other well-known interpreters, such as Ney Matogrosso, Maria Rita and Zlia Duncan.

The flirt with poetry, a constant in Freds work - making reference to the bossa nova of Joao Gilberto, Vinicius de Moraes and Antonio Carlos Jobim - here intensifies, not only in the already cited song-poem of Fernando Pessoa, but also in this old and established partnership with Marcelo Diniz and the poet Manoel Gomes.

In a particular and contemporary style, that highlighs the voice and guitar of Fred Martins, the songs are treated in a predominantly acoustic and electroacoustic way. The result, is a conversation with samba influenced by Paulinho da Viola, Nelson Cavaquinho e Cartola bossa nova and the Northeast modal accent, with some world music incursions and Mediterranean sounds.

Para alm do muro" counts with the participation of the Cape Verdian singer, Nancy Vieira (O samba me diz), Renato Braz ("Terras do sem fim"), and the musicians Mrcio Bahia and Alexandre Frazo (percussion), Sergio Menem (cello), Bony Godoy (bass), Marcelo Martins (flutes), Pedro Pascual (diatonic accordion), under the musical direction of  the producer and pianist, Paulo Borges.

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