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MP3 Rafael Moreira - Acid Guitar

An eclectic Intrumental blend of Rock, Jazz and Brazilian music with vocal lines complimenting the song''s melodies and soulful, shredding guitar solos.

8 MP3 Songs
WORLD: World Fusion, ROCK: Instrumental Rock


Guitarist Rafael Moreira is an intuitive musician
whose instincts and passions are balanced by his
versatility and technical dexterity. Known to concert
and record buying audiences worldwide as a preeminent
musician, Rafael recently completed the initial season
on-camera as the lead guitarist for the hit CBS
series, Rock Star: INXS. Now, with the release of Acid
Guitar, his full length CD, Rafael commands center
stage as a songwriter, bandleader and vocalist.
Concurrently, Rafael is recording and gigging with his
rock power trio, Magnetico, at venues including House
of Blues and The Roxy in Los Angeles. (Watch for more
live dates and download the band''s music at

As the lead guitarist for the Grammy-Award winning
artist, Pink, Rafael performed globally on her 2004
and 2003 Promotional Tours coinciding with the release
of her latest CD, Try This. Rafael also performed on
Pink''s two North America tours in 2002 (the second,
co-headlining with Lenny Kravitz) and a world tour
that crossed Europe, Japan, New Zealand, and
Australia. On camera, Rafael appeared on The Tonight
Show with Jay Leno, Saturday Night Live, The American
Music Awards, The David Letterman Show, Good Morning
America, Regis & Kelly, The Ellen DeGeneres Show,
MTV''s Video Music Awards in both the U.S. and Europe,
English and German Top of the Pops, and the MTV/VH-1
Fashion Awards, sharing the stage with a cast of
luminaries including Aerosmith''s lead singer, Steven
Tyler. Rafael also honored the Boston band on MTV''s
Aerosmith Tribute.

Rafael is no stranger to the concert stage, having
previously toured the world as the guitarist with
another Grammy-award winning pop sensation, Christina
Aguilera, appearing on television in Japan and Canada
(where he also toured.) He was been featured with
Aguilera at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music
Hall and on television shows including Saturday Night
Live, The Tonight Show, The MTV Awards, The Essence
Awards, The ALMA Awards, The Rosie O''Donnell Show,
VH-1''s Men Strike Back and many others.

In addition to these performances, Rafael was invited
to record on the debut project for the group Shapes,
produced by Jimmy Haslip, where he performed with two
legendary Brazilian artists: drummer Airto Moreira and
singer Flora Purim.

Born in Cambara, Parana, in Southern Brazil, Rafael
came of age miles from the nearest city, far outside
the range of any radio station. It was the artistic
influence of his mother, a classical/jazz pianist that
fueled his earliest musical ambitions. He started
singing at age two, by five he was playing guitar.

The rich musical diversity of Brazil, particularly the
artistry of Djavan, Milton Nascimento and Antonio
Carlos Jobim, proved an undeniable influence on
Rafael''s musical upbringing. His mother took
infrequent trips to Sao Paulo, and she would return
bearing the latest rock records -- including the
Rolling Stones and Kiss -- which he would assimilate.

Fortunately Rafael also had two brothers who played
bass and drums. All three performed with their mother
in concert and theater appearances. The three siblings
also formed a rock band and played outdoor shows at
rodeos, honing their performance chops in front of
audiences of 10,000+. In this arena -- at the age of
nine -- Rafael refined a ferocious, crowd-pleasing
lead guitar style.

Rafael left home and moved to Curitiba, the capital of
the state of Parana, to study classical music. His
first band, however, was a jazz group called Lex
Luthor. Next came Icarus, a melodic metal band where
Rafael rejoined his brother to tour regionally to rave
reviews. "Trash jazz" was next on the agenda as a
seventeen-year-old Rafael and company stirred up a
smoking amalgam of rap and heavy metal in a group
called Nospheratu. The band''s EP was an underground
indie hit.

"Musical opportunities were what brought me to the
U.S.," recalls Rafael. As a student at Musician''s
Institute in Hollywood, Rafael began his
transformation from shredding guitarist to complete
musician. He also began expanding his own strain of
musical definition, studying the nuances of jazz and
incorporating this knowledge into his own style,
merging it with Brazilian fusion and funk. He
graduated in 1996 and was awarded a scholarship to
continue his education. Also at MI Rafael won the GIT
Masters Guitar Competition. He is currently featured
on two internationally released CD''s, MI Japan GIT
Masters and MI Jams.

Rafael has played with a number of bands including the
melodic song-driven pop/rock band, Polyanna (who
opened shows for Guns ''n'' Roses guitarist Slash), and
the dark, hard-rocking aggregation Strange Sum, at
performance venues including: Luna Park, The Roxy, The
Whiskey, The Palace, Dragonfly, The Troubadour,
Coconut Teaszer, The Garage and other California
clubs. Rafael also leads his own band in regular
appearances at the Baked Potato in Hollywood where he
brings his highly original style to audiences
accustomed to performances from the jazz giants of the
21st Century. In addition, Rafael is in demand as a
sideman for sessions. He has performed with
multi-platinum artists, Marc Anthony, Mya and Sisqo.
On both electric and acoustic guitars, Rafael creates
supportive soundscapes with sweeping arpeggios, dense
sonic textures, and his animated youthful velocity.

Rafael also helped to create music for the
award-winning film, Distorted Images, which captured
honors at the WorldFest Houston, Algarve International
Film Festival (Portugal), and in New York at both the
Latino Film Festival and the Independent International
Film Festival. He is also a key musical ingredient,
adding guitar and bass to the Japanese-released video
game, Spawn.

As a singer/songwriter, composer and musician, Rafael
continues to combine a wide variety of musical
ingredients--jazz, funk, rock and Brazilian music --
into new forms. His intense dedication to his craft is
matched by his impeccable musicality. His musical
horizons are limitless.

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