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  • Writer's pictureLucas Lima

7 essential guitarists of Brazilian music according to Pepeu Gomes

Musician made a list of instrumentalists that everyone needs to know

 Pepeu Gomes, Lanny Gordin e Toninho Horta tocando guitarra
From left to right: Pepeu Gomes, Lanny Gordin and Toninho Horta

One of the geniuses of the Brazilian guitar, Pepeu Gomes was asked about the seven guitarists that every Brazilian should know. The musician's list brings a little of the history of national music; Check it out:

Lanny Gordin

Lanny Gordin was born in 1951, in China and arrived in Brazil six years later. He is the son of Russian pianist Alan Gordin (who would go on to open Stardust, a music venue that gained fame in São Paulo). At 15 years old, the Chinese man living in Brazil was already playing with Hermeto Paschoal and Heraldo do Monte. He contributed to Wanderléa, Eduardo Araújo, Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, Jards Macalé, Erasmo Carlos (in the classic "Carlos, Erasmo) and much more. Pepeu Gomes came to live with Lanny in 1969. Stardust had as its base band: Pepeu Gomes and Lanny Gordin on guitars and bass, Hermeto Paschoal on keyboards and Paulinho da Costa on percussion.

Luiz Carlini

Guitarist from São Paulo, Carlini is famous for having created, together with Lee Marcucci, the band Tutti Frutti. The group was the band that accompanied Rita Lee, on records and shows, for almost the entire 1970s. There is interference from Luiz Carlini in songs such as "Agora Só Falta Você", "Corista de Rock" and "Ovelha Negra".

The guitarist also collaborated with numerous artists on the national scene. We can list here Camisa de Vênus, Barão Vermelho, Lobão, Erasmo Carlos and much more.

Toninho Horta

The incorporation of jazz into Brazilian music could not be in better hands than those of Toninho Horta. The Minas Gerais native played with Elis Regina, Edu Lobo, Gal Costa, Maria Bethânia in addition to having a strong presence and importance with Clube da Esquina. So much demand for big names in national music is certainly no coincidence.

Frank Solari

Virtuosism is synonymous with Frank Solari. Gaucho, the guitarist is internationally recognized for his technique and songs outside of conventional standards. In addition to being a guitarist, Frank is a producer and sound engineer. Solari has three studio albums and an album with Tritone, a group he formed with Edu Ardanuy and Sérgio Buss. He did an acoustic project with Robertinho from Recife and, with the project, he opened for the Bob Dylan shows in Brazil.


The guitar's place is in the electric trio. Yes, and Armandinho proved this. The Cor do Som guitarist is nothing less than the creator of the Bahian guitar, which still rocks carnivals today. Son of Osmar, from the electric trio Dodô and Osmar, Armandinho has always had close contact with carnival. The creation of a unique sound elevates the guitarist to history, as he has a very unique technique.

Davi Moraes

A mix of rock, reggae and afoxé characterize Davi Moraes' work. Son of Moraes Moreria, the guitarist bets on poisoned solos and unconventional mixes. At 11 years old he was already receiving a standing ovation at Rock In Rio, when he performed a version of "Brasileirinho".

Filipe Pascual

Son of a fish, a little fish he is. Filipe Pascual, son of Pepeu Gomes, shows that he learned well from his father by showing attitude and virtuosity on the guitar. The musician accompanies Pepeu at shows and plays, together with his father, classics of Brazilian music.

Moda de Rock, Viola Extrema

A great musician known for his work in Novos Baianos, Pepeu Gomes has always been aware of the new musicians that appeared on the scene, in addition to, of course, being passionate about music. Not surprisingly, the Bahian's participation in the DVD "Moda de Rock, Viola Extrema - Ao Vivo", is one of the highlights of the show.

A project created and maintained to this day by Ricardo Vignini and Zé Helder, Moda de Rock transforms great national and international rock hits into viola fashions. The DVD "Moda de Rock, Viola Extrema - Ao Vivo", was released in 2012 and until then was only available on physical media. Today, it is possible to watch the recording on WePlay Music TV, a streaming platform focused on Brazilian shows and musical content.



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