On his own he listened to the music and learned gradually more chord rows, and his admiration for music grew. Unlike music schools' educational approach, Lauria learned to improvise and take pleasure in their own "discoveries" in the music. By age 12 he was active in many school productions and was often seen on local television and in theater. At the age of 15 Lauria went to a music festival in Brazil, called "Abertura". There he met national music at a high level, and especially he noticed a guitar duo named Burnier & Cartier.
Other musicians who were present at the festival were, among others, Milton Nascimento with Clube da Esquina, Ivan Lins, Djavan and Egberto Gismonti. By age 16 he made his first self-produced song (called "Jangadeiro"); this can be translated like "boat man." This is said to have been crucial to his career choice; he would become a composer. Another group influenced Nando; they were the vocal group Boca Livre (Free Mouth in English). With this release he was playing in the local community.
In 1980, when at age 20, he entered the local music conservatory (Pernambuco Conservatory of Music). Lauria did so access grants from the Brazilian government to study music at the University of California at Berkeley, USA from 1983. Nando chose to study a wide range of musical genres rather than specialize. He studied the film, counterpoint, harmony and ear training.
In 1987 he graduated with a bachelor's degree in Professional Music. The original plan to go directly back to Brazil was soon changed when he was asked to attend a concert by jazz group Pat Metheny Group in 1988. The group was already well recognized and had won several Grammy awards already, and Lauria accepted the offer. Together they played a series of concerts at the Night Stage Club in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The plans to return to Brazil was more vague with time. In 1993 Nando signed a recording contract with Narada Records and released two solo albums. All the tracks were self-composed and self-produced albums and went into the lists of the best contemporary jazz published by Billboard Magazine. His songs were recorded in the U.S., Canada, most of Europe, and of course South America , but also Asian countries heard his songs on the radio.
Nando Lauria has over 20 projects with Narada, and has performed with great musicians since his breakthrough. In 2005 he became an official member of the Pat Metheny Group, and he has toured with them ever since. DISCOGRAPHY 1992: Alma Del Sur 1992: Narada Christmas Collection, Vol. 2 1993: Wind and Reed 1993: Narada Decade: The Anniversary Collection 1993: Earth Songs 1993: Music for Guitar: Passion 1994: Points of View 1995: The Narada Collection, Vol. 5 1995: Close To The Heart 1995: Christmas Blessings: Narada Christmas Collection, Vol.
3 1996: Novo Brasil 1997: Narada Smooth Jazz 1997: Narada World: A Global Vision 1998: The Best of Narada Christmas 1998: Narada Guitar: 15 Years of Collected Works 1998: Christmas Moods 1999: Latino Christmas 2000: Narada Guitar, Vol. 2 2001: Narada Decade, Vol. 2 : Evolution 1992-2001 2002: Nature of Narada 2003: Passion / Romance 2003: Narada Classic: Earth Songs / Precious Waters 2003: Narada Classic: Novo Brasil & Points of View 2003: Christmas Chill Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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