Café (musician)

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Café
Birth name Edson Aparecido da Silva
Born Villa Maria, São Paulo, Brazil
Origin Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Genres Jazz, Afrobeat, Brazilian music, popular music
Occupations singer, musician, composer
Instruments percussion
Years active c. 1975–present
Associated acts Café Quintet
Fôlia de Reis
Ave. Brazil
Sérgio Mendes
Eliane Elias
Bob Baldwin
Website cafedasilva.com
Notable instruments
Café Percussion

Café is the stage name of Edson Aparecido da Silva, sometimes credited as Edson da Silva or Café da Silva, a percussionist, singer, composer, and music producer born in Villa Maria, São Paulo, Brazil. He moved to the U.S. in 1985.

He has recorded with Chuck Mangione, Steve Winwood, Jon Lucien, Dave Liebman, Eliane Elias, Rob Mounsey's Flying Monkey Orchestra, Edu Lobo, Batacoto, Gilberto Gil with Ernie Watts, Paquito d'Rivera, David Byrne, Steve Khan, Baden Powell, Tom Harrell, Richard Stoltzman, Joyce Moreno, Judy Niemack, Danny Gottlieb, Herbie Mann, Ana Caram, Bireli Lagrene, James Taylor, Djavan with Stevie Wonder, Sérgio Mendes, Randy Brecker, Nilson Matta, Roni Ben-Hur, and Rachel Portman.

He has appeared with Chico Buarque, Milton Nascimento, Simone, James Last, Phillippe Saisse, Sadao Watanabe, The New York Samba Band, Roberta Flack, David Byrne, Tania Maria, Herbie Mann, Larry Coryell, Morthiam, Gato Barbieri, Vinx, Pepeu Gomes, Michael Franks, Harry Belafonte, Mick Jagger, Margareth Menezes, Ashford & Simpson with Maya Angelou, Michael Brecker, Paul Winter, Astrud Gilberto, Jose Neto, Betty Buckley, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Alex Foster, Lew Soloff, Manfredo Fest, David Kikoski, Aydin Essen, Vinicius Cantuaria, Claudio Roditi, Tony Cedras, and Dianne Reeves, among others.

He composed the piece "Three Express", which he performed with Nilson Matta, Roni Ben-Hur, and Victor Lewis on their 2011 Motéma Music release, Mojave. The same year, he released his first album as leader, Meditations with the Orishas.

Biography[edit]

da Silva was born in Villa Maria in the state of São Paulo. He became interested in prcussion at the age of 8 when he heard Afro-Brazilian music at the spiritual gatherings he attended with his parents. He trained classically for the Municipal Orchestra of São Paulo, but began to follow his passion, playing jazz and popular music at clubs. He then studied theatre technique at the Villa Lobos School in Rio de Janeiro and performed for the Ministry of Education and Culture of Brazil in the National Arts Program, "Seis e Meia." In 1980, he began touring with notable jazz artists.

He is a founding member of three music acts, Café Quintet, Fôlia de Reis, and Ave. Brazil. He also manufactures his own metallic percussion instruments for sale to other musicians. He also has his own record label, Café Percussion Records.

Discography[edit]

as leader[edit]

  • Meditations with the Orishas (2011)

as side artist[edit]

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