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Mauro Marcondes was born on October 1, 1953, in Rio de Janeiro. Composer and singer raised in Copacabana in the bossa-nova era was influenced by this style and also by Popular Brasilian Music (MPB) composers who emerged in the 60s and 70s – Tom Jobim, Edu Lobo, Caetano Veloso, Chico Buarque, Milton Nascimento, Ivan Lins, Dori Caymmi among others.

In the apartment on Raimundo Correia Street, music ran wild and the acoustic guitar was the instrument that reigned there. In this climate, the first chords were taught by the old family friend, Vicente Saboya, later perfected by another friend, Luiz Roberto, bass player of the bossa-nova group “Os Cariocas” and a great guitarist.

The first compositions emerged from the partnership with the poet and lyricist Caito Spina. At that time, songs were made that led to participation in the student festivals that proliferated in those years of great creativity for the MPB. In 1971, he was the youngest composer to participate in the “IV Festival Universitário da Canção Popular”, in which also they competed, Belchior, winner with “Na Hora do Almoço”, Alceu Valença and many others. This year he also participated in the Festival of Costa a Costa, in Piriápolis, Uruguay.

The music ran along a track, while on another followed the construction of a distinguished professional career, which led him to graduate in chemistry at UFRJ and graduate in Economics at UNICAMP.

Still, in 1977 the train of music continued. With arrangements and the support of Antonio Adolfo, he participated in a show for the revelation of new talents, in the theater of Modern Art Museum in Rio de Janeiro (MAM). At the hands of the producer, Solange Böeke, he began to see some of his songs recorded by new MPB singers, among them Sandra de Sá (“Receio de Errar”) and Fhernanda Fernandes (“Palavras Perdidas”). In this phase, the song “Como se fosse” was classified in the Festival MPB-80 of TV Globo, which received a beautiful arrangement from the great conductor Celia Vaz.

In the following years, the line of life pulled harder to the other side and the music, half asleep, followed a more withdrawn trajectory, through the compositions that sprouted from old and new partners.

In 2003 again Solange Böeke comes on the scene and produces the first author album of the singer and composer: “Perfil de Sal”. Recorded in Rio de Janeiro, with arrangements and musical direction by Wilson Nunes. In the first half of that year was released at the house “Rio Scenarium”. Son after, life takes him far. He lands Washington, DC where he started to live and work.

He continues to write with his longtime partner, Caito, and other partners and friends, such as Guto Marques, Paulo César Feital, Éle Semog, Eliza Maciel, Marcia Toledo and Arnoldo Medeiros. He meets in DC the Brasilian musician Leonardo Lucini and invited him to make arrangements and musical direction for a new album (“Mar Azul”). The album is ready in December 2009.

After a period of little production he returned to Brazil and in 2014 he reunited with a friend and old partner, Zéjorge, author of several and beautiful songs in partnership with Ruy Maurity. It was a flood of new compositions in more diverse styles of our MPB. He decided to record in 2017 “Cantoria de Bazar”, a new album only with songs of this reinvigorated partnership. With musical direction and beautiful arrangements of Maestro Leandro Braga, the album will be available on the internet at the end of September 2017.