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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Looking For Somebody - Ivan Marcio

Ivan Marcio fell in love with the harmonica when he was 13 and a year later, in 1991, while listening to Elmore James, he fell in love with the blues, which became the unseparable companion of this harmonica player from São Paulo, Brazil. In 1994 he founded, along with friends from São Paulo´s ABC, a band called Bluseiros de Sarja. From 1998 to 2003, he was a member of Zoonose – a hard blues band – winning, in 1999, the Festival de Música da Praia Grande, SP. From 1998 to 2001 he played for Dr Blues, a traditional band from the ABC which, in 1998, released what was the first album in his career. Besides various collaborations with national and international artists and bands, Ivan Márcio became a member of Mr Mojo in 2002, releasing the band´s second album. In 1999, he started to work with the Prados (from Prado Brothers and Swing It! Blues) which was, in 2000, renamed to Prado Blues Band and became, in 2004, the revelation band in the Brazilian blues scenario and pioneer in the jump blues style: “Prado Blues Band is the master´s degree in Brazilian blues”, said Nuno Mindelis for Diário do Grande ABC. The band released their second album in 2005 and the third one came in July, 2006. The band is a national reference to guest musicians, festivals and great events. Ivan Márcio is a self-learner musician. He´s very interested in the music of Sonny Boy Williamson II, Little Walter Jacobs, Flávio Guimarães, Charlie Musselwhite and some vocal groups from the 50´s. His first concert happened when he was 14 and since then he´s never stopped, having played in venues such as Bourboun Street Music, CIA Paulista de Blues, Sanja Jazz Bar, Ton Ton Jazz Club, Delta Blues Bar, Mr Blues Bar, Stones Blues Bar, Barfly and many SESCs round Brazil. He endorses Bends Harmonicas and Tequila Amplifiers, by Loester, and helps them in the search for quality and performance. Graduated in pedagogy, he takes part in many workshops round Brazil and teaches harmonica for the Projeto Juventude Cidadã in São Bernardo do Campo, with 100 students completing the course every year, which won him praise by Billy Branch in the last Festival Internacional de Blues de Santo André.
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