Ivan Conti known as "Mamão".In 1963, he started attending the Lane, space which presented various artists of popular and Brazilian instrumental music, such as Elis Regina, Dolores Duran, Silvinha Telles, Leny Andrade, Jonny Alf, Dom Um Romao and Edison Machado, among many others . Taking advantage of the "jam sessions" battery, he began to devote himself to the instrument, starting then to work in various Rio nightclubs, performing for five years now as a professional drummer. He inaugurated the playhouse Canecão (RJ), with the rock group The Youngsters in 1968 and joined in recording studios, participating in numerous works with national and international artists. He participated in the "Phono 73" event, organized by Phonogram label at the Anhembi Convention Center (SP), on 11, 12 and 13 May 1973. This year, he founded, together with José Bertrami and Ivan Conti, Azymuth group She attended by various artists disks, such as Roberto Carlos, Erasmo Carlos, Marcos Valle, Paulinho da Viola, Edu Lobo, MPB-4, Alcyone, Vinicius de Moraes, Toquinho, Agnaldo Timothy, Leny Andrade, Chico Buarque, Gal Costa, Clara Nunes Maria Bethania, Raul Seixas, Quartet in Cy, Rita Lee and Jorge Benjor, among others. He performed with several orchestras such as Orchestra of the National Rio de Janeiro Radio, Orchestra of TV Tupi, under the baton of Maestro Cipo, TV Globo Orchestra, Orchestra Maestro Gaya, band Poison, Maestro Erlon Chaves, and Orchestra of Paul Mauriat , on tour in Brazil and Japan.Signed the production of the CD "Street Samba", "Samba football" and "African Brazil", all of Batuque Group, "The Ipanemas," Wilson das Neves, and "My Brazilian friends," Jurgen Sifelder. He starred in shows of Helena Lima, Ivon Cury, Taiguara, Roberto Carlos, Gal Costa, Rita Lee, Erasmo Carlos, Jorge Ben (now Jorge Benjor), Leila Pinheiro, Elis Regina, Erlon Chaves, Elza Soares, Milton Nascimento, MPB- 4, Os Cariocas, Mauro Senise, Marvio Ciribelli, Marcio Montarroyos, Victor Biglione, Raul Seixas, Marcus Rezende, Helio Delmiro, Miele, Jerzy Milewski, Sadao Watanabe and Stanley Jordan, among others. He has his own compositions recorded by Mauro Senise and Batuque group, in addition to Azymuth group.
Ivan Conti, aka "Mamão," is the drummer of Azymuth. Also having developed a solo career, he still participated in the recording of Eumir Deodato's Os Catedráticos and Paul Mauriat's (with whose orchestra Conti toured Brazil and Japan) Exclusively Brazil. In the early '60s, Conti began to frequent the Beco das Garrafas (Bottles' Alley) in Copacabana, Rio, where bossa nova and jazz groups were featured every night. At the beco, several important artists like Elis Regina debuted; the place also held shows by consecrated composers/performers like Johnny Alf, Leny Andrade, Dolores Durán, and Silvinha Telles, among others. Conti the young amateur sat in with those artists, and also asked advice from Edison Machado, another regular. With his group the Youngsters, which was one of the most important supporting groups of Jovem Guarda, Conti opened the Canecão, a leading popular music room in Rio in 1968. By then an experienced sessionman, he recorded with other studio professionals (the Philips keyboardist and arranger José Roberto Bertrami and the bassist Alex Malheiros), and on the Marcos Valle soundtrack for the film O Fabuloso Fittipaldi. As Valle, an Odeon artist, couldn't receive credit for it, the trio recorded the disc as Apolo IV. With one of the album's tracks, "Azymuth," becoming a hit, the trio took that name as its definitive denomination, launching their first album, Azymuth, in 1975. Conti participated in several jazz festivals, like the Playboy Jazz Festival, Berkeley Jazz Festival, Monterrey Jazz Festival, Montreux Festival, Circus Theater Holland, Quartier Latin Berlin and the Brazilian Fest Athens/Greece. As a sideman, he worked with Chico Buarque, Vinicius de Moraes, Toquinho, Edu Lobo, Wanderléa, Roberto Carlos, Erasmo Carlos, and Jorge Benjor, among others. He also performed with several orchestras, like Paul Mauriat's (touring Brazil and Japan), Erlon Chaves' Banda Veneno, Orquestra da Rádio Nacional do Rio de Janeiro, Orquestra da TV Tupi, and Orquestra da TV Globo. He worked on the soundtrack of Bye, Bye, Brasil, and as a producer, worked with Grupo Batuque, Wilson das Neves, and Jürgen Sifelder.
Stanley Jordan, jazz American guitarist performs at The Club in São Paulo on December 2 with Brazilian musicians in Ivan battery "Mamão" Conti and bass Dudu Lima. They made many concerts in country and interpreted classics of Brazilian music and bossa nova, and also classics of jazz and original compositions. Stanley Jordan was born in Chicago on July 31, 1959 and began his career playing in rock bands and soul. Throughout his career, he played in more than 60 countries, on every continent.
Composer and Conductor
A French composer Paul Mauriat (Marseille, 04.03.1925 – 3.11.2006, Perpignan, France) is probably the only artist who managed to sum up the history of world music of the 20th century in his exclusive and prolific discography. Being a son of the European counter-culture with an excellent education, and at the same time a lover of the North American music, jazz, he ventured to combine elements of the world around us, everything that was related to music, culture and technology.Ivan Conti (Mamão) participated and his own orchestra, breaking the cultural limitations of Paris. Among many others, he opened Mexican trumpet players, which he alluded to more than once in the future, and the Brazilian cellists with their fantastic technology and brilliant performance. In the 70s and 80s, at his concerts of live music Paul Mauriat used backing vocals of the Brazilians: Eve, Maryse and Regina, the trio «Esperança» (Hope) in order to support some of the numbers that he created for his concerts.He also participated in creation of commercials in Japan; his music was used in the commercials of coffee and wine brands. At the moment, there is production line of saxophones, trumpets and accessories under the brand named after him. For several decades, Paul Mauriat’s compositions served as soundtracks for several TV programs, TV series, commercials and films of different countries.Mauriat said goodbye to the scene in the end of 1998 at a concert in Osaka, but his orchestra has still successfully continued touring. Initially it was under the guidance of the pianist Gilles Gambus who worked 25 years with the maestro and his brother Gerard, and now it is under the leadership of the trumpeter Jean-Jacques Justafre. The orchestra mostly performs in Asia, where it has loyal admirers. In 2002, a writer and a columnist Serge Elaik wrote the official biography of Paul Mauriat, which was called «Une vie en blue».Mauriat died at the age of 81 at his home in southern France, in Perpignan. We grew up with his bright shiny colors and a fantastic kaleidoscope of infinite forms, bearing his name, which after his departure was left as a legacy that we must also maintain high after our life. His music, interwoven with our feelings, travels beyond space and time and is always perceived peacefully, and finally converted to water, air, earth, moon, stars and sun.His art is always present in our dreams and in our daily lives. In the music, which gave us showers in the hot evenings, the fire and heat on the coldest nights, it seems that the universe of souls and hearts, which he loved, is hidden with infinite kindness.The wisdom of a man is not measured by his academic knowledge; the wisdom of a man is determined by his spiritual projection. Mauriat spread his message to the world in the form of music.Modest, discreet, friendly, Paul Mauriat will always be with us, and maybe every time we listen to his music, he becomes even closer, because his music has lived and lives in harmony, which seems endless. The stars trembled in pain on November 3, 2006. But they revived and began to shine again when they heard a borderless world of his music in the infinite life.