ARTIST BIOS

"Sarabanda"

Henrique E.

Piano

Originally from São Paulo, Brazil, Henrique is a pianist, composer, and one of the leading performing artists in the jazz scene in New York and Boston.  Acclaimed as "a truly impressive Brazilian pianist" by Latin Beat Magazine (May 2012), Henrique’s style fuses unusual contemporary jazz with free improvisation, folk Latin melodies and classical music.  Henrique holds a Bachelor of Music in Popular Music from State University of Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil and is currently completing his doctoral degree at the New England Conservatory in Boston, USA.

 

As a performer, Henrique focuses on unique collaborations with artists from all different fields including dancers, poets, and actors. His 2015 solo album "Notes for Pina Bausch" (inspired by the poetry of Hadassa Tal) has drawn large recognition from the dance community, being used in several dance and theater spectacles around the world. In 2014-2015 Henrique composed music for a video-art production by True Stories in San Francisco. Following its success on social media, the creators made a video documentary about Henrique's creative process when composing. 

 

Henrique has performed and recorded with dozens of outstanding musicians such as Gunther Schuller, Luciana Souza, Bob Moses, Luis Bonilla, Matti Caspi and Tom Zé at prestigious venues such as the Jordan Hall, Regattabar, WGBH Fraser Hall and Berklee College of Music. He has also participated in many international including the Nisville Jazz Festival (Serbia), Panama Jazz Festival (Panama), Boston’s JazzWeek, MTV PIB Festival (São Paulo), Bansko Jazz Festival (Bulgaria), Zfuno Tarbut Festival (Israel) and small venues in Berlin, New York, Paris Tel Aviv and Rio de Janeiro. He has composed soundtracks for the production of Kafka's "Letter to the Father", the twelve-tone musical "Beauty Saloon" and the spectacle "The Sea and the hinterland", all in Brazil.

 

Henrique is a passionate educator and has taught private students, group classes, and large workshops specializing in improvisation and Brazilian music. He likes to encourage his students to feel curious about their instrument, experiment playing different styles, and be very creative with their music. He often composes and writes customized pieces and etudes for his students as part of his attempt to further engage with their creativity and inspire artistic growth.