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Orquestra Contemporânea de Olinda


The Orquestra Contemporânea de Olinda has built its own identity among latin grooves, afro beats, and the rhythms of Pernambuco, Brazil. It embodies the symbol of strength and inventiveness of the music of Pernambuco that has become popular in Brazil and around the world.

The Orquestra was conceived by Gilú and now includes ten of the best Pernambuco musicians. Though they come from different backgrounds, Orquestra musicians share one thing in common: they were not satisfied with the traditional bass-drums-guitar band formation. They wanted to make innovative music in every respect, from the avant-garde reinvention of the classics to the smoothness of excellent melodic lines. This has created a new sound, shaped by the well-embedded arrangements of its brass band.

Gilú, Hugo Gila, Tiné, Maciel Salú, Rapha B., and Juliano Holanda constitute the first half of the band, which accounts for its creative basis. They come in tune with the experience of their previous works in bands such as Bonsucesso Samba Clube, Academia da Berlinda, Variant, DJ Dolores e Orchestra Santa Massa, and Terno do Terreiro.

The other half comes from Grêmio Musical Henrique Dias, led by Maestro Ivan do Espírito Santo. The other members of Orquestra (Daniel Marinho, Ibraim Genuíno, and Alex Santana) studied at a the first nonprofit musical school of Cidade Alta de Olinda (Pernambuco), which until today strongly supports educational and cultural programs to benefit community development.

The Olinda “big band” has become popular in Brazil and around the world. In addition to concerts throughout Brazil, the band released its first album in 2008, distributed by Som Livre.
Orquestra Contemporânea de Olinda