Ale Vanzella

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Ale Vanzella
Background information
Birth name Alessandro Osmar Pilot Vanzella
Born (1984-02-05) February 5, 1984 (age 30)
Origin Guaporé, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Genres Bossa Nova, indie rock
Occupations Singer, guitarist

Ale Vanzella (born February 5, 1984) is a Brazilian musician who mixes bossa nova with indie rock. He is originally from Guaporé in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil.[1]


Vanzella began playing in indie and grunge rock bands at the age of 14.[2][3] He worked as a university professor of accounting before pursuing music full-time,[3] having graduated from UNIVATES in Accounting Sciences in 2006[4] and completing postgraduate work as a comptroller (2007) and in tax law (2012).[5]

Vanzella has been influenced by bossa nova musicians João Gilberto, Roberto Menescal, Tom Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Toquinho, and Walter Santos, as well as by indie rock groups Nirvana, The Strokes, The Killers, Interpol, The Kinks, Foo Fighters, and Arcade Fire.[6]

Connection with Bossa Nova[edit]

Roberto Menescal, one of the founders of the bossa nova movement, collaborated on Vanzella's debut album Indie Bossa and concert tour, supporting the mix of styles. He writes of Vanzella: "What surprised me most in this work was the softness of Ale. I remember that João Gilberto appeared so, he opened an opportunity at the time. And Ale can open this new door." Roberto Menescal in 2012[1][7]

Tours and Projects[edit]

The Indie Bossa album was released in 2012, and was supported by a pre-release tour in the United States.[5] A tour of Japan occurred in May 2012.[1][5] A European tour in May and June 2012 included stops in Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, England and Italy.[3][6]

Vanzella was chosen by FIFA to appear in a documentary about Brazilian culture corresponding with the 2014 FIFA World Cup being held in Brazil.[8][9]


  • Indie Bossa (Albatroz Music/July 2012)[10] Includes 17 tracks in Portuguese and English, and a bonus track in Japanese.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Brandão, Davi (2012-07-20). "Ale Vanzella une rock e bossa com apoio de Menescal". Panorama Brasil (in Portuguese). 
  2. ^ Inglez de Souza, Henrique (2013-02-28). "Entrevista: Ale Vanzella – Indie Bossa". Guitar Player (in Portuguese). São Paulo. 
  3. ^ a b c Brandão, David (2013-02-15). "Ale Vanzella fala de turnê especial pela Europa". Diário Comércio Indústria & Serviços (DCI) (in Portuguese) (São Paulo). 
  4. ^ "Rádio Univates recebe músico Ale Vanzella". Univates. 2012-11-28. 
  5. ^ a b c d "JAPÃO / MÚSICA: Ale Vanzella divulga novo disco no Japão". Jornal Nippak (in Portuguese). São Paulo. 2012-05-25. 
  6. ^ a b Soares, Inês (2013-02-13). "Entrevista a Ale Vanzella". Runway-MAG. 
  7. ^ "Conheça o músico gaúcho Ale Vanzella que mistura indie rock e bossa nova". iBahia (in Portuguese). 2012-09-26. 
  8. ^ Lunardi, Michele (2012-03-12). "Músico guaporense participa de documentário de divulgação da Copa". RedeSul de Comunicação. 
  9. ^ "Ale Vanzella apresenta no JR News desta sexta". JR News (in Portuguese). 2013-02-08. 
  10. ^ "Com elogios da crítica americana, músico brasileiro descoberto por Roberto Menescal lança CD em NY". Época (in Portuguese). 2012-05-09. 

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