INTERVIEW: Giliard Lopes

How would you classify your music?

Brazilian Instrumental Music although some people use the term Brazilian Jazz.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

Chico Buarque

Charles Mingus

Hermeto Pascoal

James Jamerson

Ray Brown

What do you want fans to take from your music?

I believe that music is a form of communication in a very intimate level and it has to be accessible. I would like listeners to enjoy the sonic space created by all these combined notes and colours as an interactive experience. Taking my music as their own, translating all those sounds within their own perspective.

How’s the music scene in your locale?

I am always traveling for performances and that gives me the opportunity to see many variations in the way different scenes work. In Europe, there is an international circuit of jazz clubs and festivals that allows artists to get exposed to many different publics and cultures.

What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?

Wayne Shorter Quartet with John Patitucci, Danilo Perez and Brian Blade. Playing live allows an exchange of energy with the public that makes the music go to a whole new level. It is very powerful when it feels like  everyone in the room is in the moment, connected in the same space and time.

Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?

The first track Baiao Frigio stands out as a favourite as it has a good blend of jazz and the tribal aspect of the Brazilian culture that speaks to me the most. There is an abstract quality to it that allows the music to be explored freely while leaning on a consistent groove that, by contrast, keeps the music grounded.

How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?

Last year I spent some time in South America, North America and also in the Middle East and being exposed to so much music and culture was very inspiring for composing and also for approaching older repertoire in a fresh way.

If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?

Radames Gnattali.

What’s next for you?

I am organising an European Tour that will start in Berlin (Germany) in the fall of 2019 and will visit several cities in 8 countries. My Quintet will be playing the music of my debut album “Caminhos” as well as fresh music that is being written for the second album to be released in 2020.


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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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