Riccardo Crespo

Riccardo Crespo

 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

We play Brazilian Music with a special New Orleans flavor which results a Wonderful World Music!



Riccardo Crespo is a South Brazilian musician, singer and songwriter who plays both acoustic guitar and harmonica.
He performs with his group "Sol Brasil" and also appears often as a solo artist.

Before coming to New Orleans in 1999, Riccardo enjoyed a highly successful career in Brazil and he has performed extensively throughout Europe.

Riccardo's original compositions are a gentle mix of MPB or Musica Popular Brasileira and contain elements of Folk, Bossa Nova and Latin Music.
The result is a beautiful blend of "World Music", that is both distinctive and passionate.
Riccardo's lyrics speak eloquently about feelings of love and relationships. Sometimes he recalls his life experiences as a "Gaucho" from Camaqua City, Riccardo┬┤s native home in South Brazil.

In New Orleans has performed at some of the finest jazz clubs and many private functions throughout the year in and around New Orleans metro area.

Riccardo was a featured artist at the 2001, 2003 and 2008 at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
For the past 10 years, he has performed with his ensemble Sol Brasil in the annual New Orleans French Quarter Festival.

Outside New Orleans, Riccardo has performed in New York City, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Charleston and extensively throughout the Gulf Coast region.

In May of 2005, Riccardo embarked on a three month summer tour of Scandinavia and Western Europe. His scheduled return to New Orleans was abruptly interrupted when Hurricane Katrina stuck on August 29th. Unable to return to the city he loved, Riccardo soon learned that all of his earthly possessions were destroyed by the storm's ravage. He decided to remain in Europe for an additional three months until the end of November 2005. With a heavy heart, Riccardo extended his touring to include performances throughout England and Spain. Upon a brief return to New Orleans in the Fall of 2005, Riccardo was overwhelmed with sadness and decided to travel home to Brazil to renew his spirit. After much soul-searching, Riccardo, still longing for New Orleans, returned to the Crescent City in March of 2006 to restart his musical career.

Singing in Portuguese, Riccardo knows how to connect intensively with his audience. He enjoys performing his own musical compositions as well as popular Brazilian music by Tom Jobim, Joao Gilberto and others.

The music of Riccardo Crespo & Sol Brasil has left a musical imprint on the city of New Orleans, and the city of New Orleans remains dear to Riccardo's heart.
Now more than ever, audiences can appreciate the essence of Brazil through the magic of Riccardo's music performed in traditional Brazilian style.


4th CD - "NANO & CONGUINHO" - release in Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil, March 2011.

Third CD - "MILONGA OF NEW ORLEANS" - release in New Orleans, LA, USA, April 2008.

Second CD - "DO RIO CAMAQUA AO RIO MISSISSIPPI" - release in New Orleans, LA, USA.

First CD - "RICARDO CRESPO" - released in Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil.

Set List

Sets feature compositions from Riccardo Crespo's 4 CDs including brand new compositions like:

Milonga of New Orleans,
Santa Catarina,
Chuva de Verao,
Sol Brasil,
Pao Peao,
Namoro na Lua,
Passo da Pacheca,
Chote do Sergio,
400 Perus,
Sujeiro Oculto,
Tudo Bem,

We also play covers of famous Brazilian songs like:

Girls from Ipanema,
One Note Samba,
Black Orpheu,
Mais Que Nada,
Mania de Voce,
Trem das 11,
Onda no Mar,
Carnaval music, etc...
Compositions by Tom Jobim, Joao Gilberto, Caetano Veloso, Milton Nascimento, Jorge Benjor, etc...

We play many songs in Spanish as well like:

Corazon Espinado,
La Bamba,
Tica Bonita,
Los Ejes de mi Carreta,
Gracias a la Vida,

The concert is composed for 2 or 3 sets of 45 minutes with 20 minute breaks between each set.