Movimento Violão is considered the most important Brazilian guitar concert series of today. It happens on a monthly basis in the cities of São Paulo (at Centro da Cultura Judaica and SESC units), Araraquara (at Teatro Municipal), Ribeirão Preto (at Teatro Minaz) and, once a year, abroad at Kennedy Center, in Washington DC, USA. All concerts are free and count with the support of an engaging audience.
The last seasons of Movimento Violão were recorded by SESCTV and are frequently broadcast on TV and through the internet, reaching a large number of expectators. First originated in the city of Araraquara (SP), Movimento Violão completes ten years in 2013. During this period, the project has been exceeding expectations, trengthening its prestige and growing significantly every season.
In 2011, Movimento Violão was the only Brazilian concert series to be included in Kennedy Center’s (Washington DC) season. Each Movimento Violão concert at Kennedy Center is broadcast live through the internet and the recordings are permanently available at Kennedy Center’s website, taking the Movimento Violão program to a large audience. The premier recital of the Kennedy Center branch of Movimento Violão is available at: http://www.kennedy-center.org/explorer/artists/?entity_id=80525&source_type=B
In 2011, a DVD and CD of the series were released featuring highlights of Movimento Violão concerts throughout the years of 2009-2011. This material has been freely distributed in music schools of Brazil, promoting music culture in a special way. In 2012, the project created an interactive website with a forum of discussions, which had two milions of visitors in the first months of activity, making it one the most visited websites in Google’s list.
In April of 2013 the second DVD of the series will be released, displaying the highlights of the series in 2012. In the 2013 edition, Movimento Violão was approved by Brazilian cultural program ProAC and in the first semester of 2013 an additional format was also approved, which consists of two young Brazilian guitarists internationally renowed in each recital. In São Paulo, the series will take place at SESC units, which will recorded by SESCTV. The concerts in Ribeirão Preto are recorded at Teatro Minaz, giving birth to the third CD of Movimento Violão. The project will count with the support of SESC in São Paulo, of FUNDART and Secretaria Municipal de Cultura in Araraquara, and of Cia Minaz in Ribeirão Preto. In addition, the project will also receive support of Augustine guitar strings (USA), Tecno Road and EPTV (TV Globo related).
In the 2012 edition, the project was approved by ProAc and received sponsorship of Usina São Manoel, FUNDART and Prefeitura Municipal de Araraquara. In the program, we count with international featured artists such as legendary Duo Assad, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Pablo Márquez, Eduardo Isaac, among others. Still in this edition, Movimento Violão presented the premiere of “Lendas Amazônicas”, Fantasia Concertante for two guitars and orchestra by composer Marco Pereira. The work was written specially for the occasion and was performed for the first time at SESC Vila Mariana (SP), November 6th, with the Orquestra Metropolitana, conducted by Rodrigo Vitta, and featuring soloists Marco Pereira and Paulo Martelli.
Movimento Violão 2012 was fully recorded by SESCTV, in a DNarte Brasil procuction (São Paulo). In Ribeirão Preto, the concerts were recorded in audio/vídeo by Cia Minaz and the highlights of the season gave birth to the second DVD of the series.
Movimento Violão began in the city of Araraquara (state of São Paulo) in 2003, at Teatro da Biblioteca Municipal. Due to its fast growing success, since 2006 it has been also presented at Teatro Municipal (Araraquara).
The project was created by Brazilian guitar virtuoso Paulo Martelli, who is curator, producer and coordinator of the series. Initially Movimento Violão was a component of the programs offered by the Oficinas Culturais, which instructed about 200 guitar students in Araraquara.
In 2007, Movimento Violão expanded its activities by including concerts in the cities of Ribeirão Preto (at Theatro Pedro II) and São Paulo (at Centro de Cultura Judaica). After such expansion Movimento Violão became the only series to present consecutive concerts in three Brazilian cities.
In December of 2011 the project gained international proportions after starting to present concerts also at Kennedy Center, in Washington DC, USA. Since the beginning, Movimento Violão concerts were recorded in CD, VHS and DVD producing a historical archive which displays the diversity of the instrument. During its 2009-10 season, Movimento Violão was recorded for SESCTV, generating the show “Movimento Violão”.
Movimento Violão was always fully supported by local press, which gave its events first pages of prestigious newspapers and in the prime time of EPTV (TV channel related to Rede Globo in the country side of São Paulo).
The series received great support from local media, appearing in the front page of principal newspapers and in the prime time of EPTV. During its ten years of existence, Movimento Violão has presented the best professionals of guitar, including world-wide renowned musicians. The project has generated two CDs and one DVD, which have been freely distributed in music schools around the country.
The first CD of the project, entitled “Movimento Violão Ano III”, was released in São Paulo in December of 2007, with a landmark concert that showcased fifteen different artists. The CD registers the series’ importance in the national music scene since it is an example of how concert guitar promotion was brought up to a new higher level in São Paulo, Araraquara and Ribeirão Preto.
The project has already presented renowned guitarists from Brazil and abroad, including Duo Assad, Eduardo Issac, Pablo Marques, Jorge Caballero, Marco Pereira, Paulo Martelli, Brasil Guitar Duo, Franz Halász, Cecília Siqueira, Fernando Lima, João Paulo Figueiroa, Ulisses Rocha, Edson Lopes, Duo Siqueira Lima, Geraldo Ribeiro, Gilson Antunes, Angela Muner, Chrystian Dozza, Paulo Bellinati and Weber Lopes, Edelton Gloeden, Fabio Zanon, Pedro Martelli, Francisco Araujo, Angela Muner, Gustavo Costa, Amadeu Rosa, Vitor Garbelotto, Quaternaglia, Regina Albanez, Alieksey Vianna, Ulisses Rocha, Duo Priedols Kacelnik, Quarteto Tau, João Kouyoumdjian, Andre Simão, Franciel Monteiro, Lucas Pullin, among others.