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About Yuri

Born in 1966 in Brazil, Yuri settled in Portugal in the 80s, when he studied, as a scholarship holder, at the School of Jazz of Portugal Hot Club, in Lisbon. Ever since, his work has been characterized by a great musical and instrumental plurality, having collaborated with multiple names of portuguese and international music scene.


Alternating between bass and double bass, Yuri has conducted his journey through a number of musical genre, playing and recording along names as Rui Veloso, Pilar Homem de Melo, Dulce Pontes, Sérgio Godinho, José Mário Branco, Maria João & Mário Laginha, Ana Moura, Wayne Shorter, Cliff Korman, Rick Lathan, John Stubblefield, Frank Colon, Manu Katche, Luiz Avelar, Ivan Lins, Chieftains & Ry Cooder, among many others. For over a decade now he has been a part of Jan Garbarek Group, playing with Jan Garbarek, Trilok Gurtu and Rainer Brueninghaus.


Besides that, Yuri has developed authorial composition works that have resulted in the albums South Way, Ritual Dance and Northern Lights.


South Way, out in 2010 was his first authorial work in partnership with Filipe Raposo and Johannes Krieger. The album proposed a journey between the north and south of Europe, proposing connections and honoring the people in the south of Portugal, with its soft way of facing life, always with a positive perspective.

In “Ritual Dance”, from 2015, besides his original compositions, Yuri involves us once again in his creative partnership with Filipe Raposo, Johannes Krieger and Vicky Marques. Having as a source of inspiration Patrick Wilcken’s book “Empire Adrift: The Portuguese Court in Rio de Janeiro”, the album takes us through the stunning and lush paths of brazilian rhythmic profusion and the vestiges of the portuguese heritage and the cultural miscegenation in the country. The music illustrates such an environment in a raw and explicit way, during a moment when Brazil and, especially Rio de Janeiro, was a stage of an unprecedented cultural evolution, changing its status as a Portuguese colony and owning the unusual role of a “new metropolis”.

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