Ricardo Primata is considered to be one of the greatest Brazilian guitarists of this generation. He has just launched his new instrumental CD, Espelho da Alma (Mirror of the Soul), with presentations in Brazil and the United States of America. The history of this young musician began at seven years of age when he discovered the guitar of his Uncle Paulinho and risked playing his first chords. In his pre-teens, Ricardo was already making presentations in public with the classical guitar at the opening of school fairs. After playing the regular guitar with some bands, he formed the group "Angkor" with a unique style and musical compositions: a mixture from rock to classical with flamenco and Brazilian overtones.
In 2004, Ricardo Primata introduced his first CD, entitled RITMIA, that received praiseworthy acclaim. One of reviews came from the Brazilian Guitar Player magazine in December of the same year: "Powerful rifts, well-constructed solos, and good compositions are the qualities of Ricardo Primata." In 2005, he presented us with his instrumental work, entitled Visões (Visions), breaking out with pleasing but compelling themes, with great valuation of melody and spot-on moments of virtuosity. In 2006, the musician returned with the introduction of a new CD of the band, Slow, for the Maniac Records label, which created a memorable presentation beside bands such as Angra and Jeff Scott Soto.
Currently, Ricardo Primata is giving guitar workshops and workshows throughout Brazil. Already he has been invited to and participated in workshows of great musicians, such as the guitarist Kiko Loureiro (Angra/Neural Code). Also teaches guitar lessons in the school established in Salvador-Bahia. Through his web site, www.ricardoprimata.com.br, Ricardo Primata maintains an open channel of interactivity with his public. Its list of sponsors includes the companies: Ibanez Guitars, Borne Amplifiers, Fuhrmann Pedals, Santo Angelo cables, SG Strings, Basso Straps, Softcase, Power Click, Hellocases and Athelier Phnx.
Primata studies Composition and Conducting at the College of Music at the Federal University of Bahia. Along with this activity, he creates his instrumental work and is wrapping up the launching the CD, Espelho da Alma, with a fusion of bands of progressive rock/metal, sprinkled with elements of Brazilian music -- among other ingredients, sufficiently tempered by rhythms of Northeastern Brazil. It is a full plate for those who enjoy good music and devastating performances. The recording also includes the participation of the great improvisor Bule Bule and the master of the Bahian guitar, Armandinho Macedo.
Devotion, effort, and love for music define Ricardo Primata, as do excellence, inspiration, and respect to his fans. In the work of this exceptional and talented Brazilian guitarist, it is evident that he came to the market with music of quality.
By: Lucas Rocha