Yamandu Costa

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Yamandu Costa (born January 24, 1980 in Passo Fundo), sometimes misspelled Yamandú, is a Brazilian guitarist and composer. His main instrument is the violão de 7 cordas, the Brazilian seven-stringed nylon guitar.

Yamandu began to study guitar at age seven with his father, Algacir Costa, leader of the group Os Fronteiriços (The Frontiersmen) and mastered the instrument after studying with Lúcio Yanel, an Argentine virtuoso who lived in Brazil. At age fifteen, Yamandu began study Brazilian Southern folk music, Argentina and Uruguay.

Influenced by the music of Radamés Gnattali, he began to study the music of other Brazilians, such as Baden Powell de Aquino, Tom Jobim and Raphael Rabello.

At age seventeen he played in São Paulo for the first time at the Cultural Circuit Bank of Brazil which was produced by the Study Tone Brazil. Yamandu came to be recognized as the musician who revived Brazilian guitar music.

Yamandu's diverse execution styles include styles like chorinho, bossa nova, milonga, tango, samba and chamamé, making him difficult to categorize into a single genre.

Yamandu appeared in Mika Kaurismäki's 2005 documentary film Brasileirinho.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Diamandu Yamandu Costa 1
1999 Dois tempos Lucio Yanel e Yamandu Costa 1
2001 Yamandú Yamandu Costa 2
2004 El negro del blanco Paulo Moura e Yamandu Costa 1
2005 Brasileirinho: grandes encontros do choro contemporâneo Trio Madeira Brasil, Zé da Velha e Silvério Pontes, Yamandu Costa, Paulo Moura e outros 2
2006 Tokyo Session Yamandu Costa 2
2007 Ida e volta Yamandu Costa 1
2007 Lida Yamandu Costa 1
2007 Yamandu + Dominguinhos Dominguinhos e Yamandu Costa 1
2008 Mafuá Yamandu Costa 1
2010 Yamandu + Dominguinhos: Lado B Dominguinhos e Yamandu Costa 1
2010 Yamandú Valter Yamandu Costa e Valter Silva 1
2011 Yamandú Costa e Rogério Caetano Yamandu Costa 1
2015 Tocata à Amizade Yamandu Costa 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 Yamandú ao vivo Yamandu Costa 2
2005 Ao Vivo no Salão de Atos da UFRGS Yamandu Costa 1
2009 Luz da aurora Yamandu Costa e Hamilton de Holanda 2

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