João Rabello belongs to a generation of Brazilian musicians strongly influenced by the acoustic guitar. The emergence of high calibre guitarists in Brazil during the last century, including Baden Powell and Raphael Rabello, has left its mark on the post-2000 generation of musicians in the country.
Contemporary Brazilian guitar is much more than just Bossa Nova. It is a type of music which is characterised by the interaction of different musical styles: classical guitar, Brazilian popular guitar and Spanish flamenco guitar. These diverse interpretations have contributed to the vibrant milieu of 21st century Brazilian guitar music.
Born in 1981 in Rio de Janeiro, João Rabello has been developing his musical style since the launch of his first album, Roendo as Unhas (2006). On this disc, João Rabello showed the first indications of a strong sensibility and technique, interpreting classical pieces, such as La Catedral (Agustin Barrios), as well as bold original compositions, such as Rubro.
With the launch of his second album Uma Pausa de Mil Compassos (2011), João Rabello demonstrated his priorities for contemporary Brazilian guitar music: new ideas, new pieces and a forward-looking perspective. The disc contains 10 tracks, of which 9 are entirely new original compositions.
João Rabello has played concerts around the world, with highlights including the opening of the 2009 Queensland Music Festival in Brisbane, and participation in the December 2012 show by musician Paulinho da Viola at the Carnegie Hall, where he was invited to play Improvisos Ao Amanhecer, a piece of his own composition.