Humberto Gessinger

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Humberto Gessinger
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Background information
Born (1963-12-24) 24 December 1963 (age 53)
Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Genres Rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1984–present
Labels BMG Music,
Associated acts Engenheiros do Hawaii

Humberto Gessinger (born December 24, 1963) is best known as the singer, guitarist, and bassist of the Brazilian band Engenheiros do Hawaii.

Gessinger was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil. In late 1984, he formed a rock band with two friends from the faculty of architecture at UFRGS, Carlos Maltz and Marcelo Pitz, to play in a parade made by students. The band decided to call themselves Engenheiros do Hawaii (Engineers from Hawaii), which was a name making fun of the surf wear that most of the Engineering students sported at the university campus.[1]

The band released their first album in 1986, although they had already appeared in a 'promising bands' collection of BMG Music at 1985. With the departure of Marcelo Pitz in May 1987, Gessinger started playing bass and the band recruited Augusto Licks as lead guitarist. In 2001, with yet another new formation of the band (Paulinho Galvão on guitar, Bernardo Fonseca on bass and Gláucio Ayala on drums) he returned to lead guitar. After the band ended its activities, Gessinger joined the friend and musician Duca Leindecker, former leader of the band Cidadão Quem. They created the duo Pouca Vogal, who stayed active for 4 years, till both singers decided to go on with their solo careers... Humberto Gessinger is now recording a solo album which will feature 11-14 songs, however, for his tour he joins Esteban Tavares from Fresno and Paulinho Goulart.

In 2015, he was nominated for the 16th Latin Grammy Awards in the Best Brazilian Rock Album category.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Since the beginning of the 1990s, Gessinger has been married to architect Adriana Sesti, who was his girlfriend since high school and throughout college. In 1993 they had their first daughter Clara Gessinger, who, as a baby, appeared in several videos promoting the band's then-latest release Gessinger, Licks & Maltz, and who would duet with her father on the song "Pose" in the band's 2004 MTV Unplugged album.

In 2008, Humberto paused the activities of Engenheiros do Hawaii and joined the friend and guitarist Duca Leindecker from the band Cidadão Quem, to create the duo Pouca Vogal.[3]


  1. ^ "Biography on Engenheiros do Hawaii web site". Retrieved 2010-01-29. 
  2. ^ "La lista completa de nominados a los Latin Grammy 2015". Infobae (in Spanish). 23 September 2015. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Pouca Vogal web site". Retrieved 2010-01-29.