Leo Gandelman

Biography

One of the more celebrated Brazilian musicians, the saxophonist Leo Gandelman has achieved an entirely unique platform in Brazil – rare indeed to the wider world: he is worshipped by the mainstream public, young and pop, and by the fans of MPB (a Brazilian type of music known as Brazilian Popular Music); while at the same time associating his name to the excellence and virtuosity of classical music. In fact, Leo Gandelman surpasses the borders of classic and popular music aboard the quality of his saxophone, conferring a highly advanced level of appeal and “pop” emotion to classical pieces, while on the other hand, exercising talent in his interpretation, purity and the precision of his sound in popular and instrumental music. Saxophonist, arranger and producer, Leo Gandelman is today one of the most influential musicians in Brazil. Son of a classical pianist and of a teacher, by the age of [...]

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Awards

- TIM 2007 prize as “Best instrumental CD” and “Best Producer of the year”. – Best Soundtrack – Recife and Belém Film Festival with the movie “Estrela Solitária” . – Elected for 15 times the “Best Instrumentalist”, “Diretas na Música” award, Revista Programa, Jornal do Brasil. – Golden Disc as the producer of “Virgem”, album by Marina Lima. – Trophy Brahma. – APCA: “Best Intrumentist” in 1990 and “Best Producer” in 1991. – Trophy UBC

TV, Radio and Cinema

- Soundtrack of “O Engenho de Zé Lins” – Wladimir Carvalho. – Soundtrack of “Vidas Opostas” – TV Record. – Presenter of the tv show “Momento Jazz”, Multishow (Globosat/Net). – Soundtrack of the movie “Estrela Solitária”, about the life of Garrincha – still working on it. – Soundtrack of “Moacyr” – Walter Carvalho. – Soundtrack of the TV series “Globo Ecologia”. – Interpreter of the theme song of the TV show Fantástico (Rede Globo). – Movies soundtracks: Pure Juice, Rádio Pirata and Banana is my Business. – Music themes for soap operas and series at Rede Globo. – Presenter of the weekly show “Free Jazz In Concert”, Rede Manchete. – Soundtrack of the movie “Budapeste”.

Musical Producer

- All his albuns. – “Virgem” – Marina Lima. – “Jogo de Ilusões” – Nico Rezende. – “Plural” – Gal Costa. – “Berimbaum” – Paula Morelembaum.