Breno Virícimo (1988) is a bassist, guitarist and composer from the southern region of Brazil (Santa Catarina). While growing up in a musical environment, Breno starts learning Brazilian songs on the acoustic guitar. Later on, at the age of fourteen, he joins his father’s band as the bass guitarist.
“I remember spending time in my father’s studio: ‘Estúdio Catarina’ which was next to my home. There he produced and recorded Radio Jingles and albums with local musicians.”
After studying and working as a musician for three years in São Paulo (2006 – 2009), Breno decides to move to Europe to continue his musical studies at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. In 2015 he receives his Master’s diploma in Jazz: Double Bass.
“As a sideman musician living in The Netherlands, I’ve got the chance to play in many musical projects where I met musicians that I feel very comfortable playing with. In one of these encounters, the trio formation (Daniel, Udo and myself) was created as the foundation for this album. The repertoire that we chose for ‘Raizes’ connects me intimately to my culture and childhood. Songs like Carinhoso, Samambaia, Loro e Flor e o Espinho represent the beauty and depth of the Brazilian composers, from the traditional Samba to more experimental music. In addition, we have music composed by Laura Polence, Lilian Vieira Grupo.”