Born in Curitiba – Brazil in 1987, Eduardo Mercuri had his first contact with music very early, and at age 11 began playing the guitar. In 2009 he received his bachelors degree in music education from Faculdades de Artes do Paraná. During his time at FAP Mercuri got exposed to all kinds of music, especially Brazilian genres and started playing mandolin, 10-string guitar and cavaquinho in addition to the electric and acoustic guitars. At this time he was really involved in the music scene in South Brazil playing a big variety of genres, from traditional Macedonian music to Gypsy Jazz.
In 2011 he released 2 albums, “O timbre da mão” and “Jazz Cigano Quinteto” which had great reviews in specialized press. Also in 2011 he received a scholarship to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston - MA.
Today, six years after relocating to the U.S. he is a Berklee College of Music alumnus, holding a Summa Cum Laude Guitar Performance Diploma and a Summa Cum Laude Master of Music Degree. Apart from his works as a leader Eduardo worked with world-class artists such as Alejandro Sanz, Dave Douglas, Paquito D’Rivera, Luis Enrique, Joyce Moreno, Frank London, Alcione, Mark Walker, Gabriele Mirabassi, Susana Baca, Oscar Azevedo, George Garzone, Antonio Adolfo, Jovino Santos, Jerry Bergonzi, Dudu Nobre, among others.
Eduardo leads the Eduardo Mercuri Trio, and integrates the ChoroBop Trio. He has performed at the 2013 Latin Grammys award in Las Vegas and has performed in some of the most prestigious concert venues in the east coast such as the Carnegie Hall, Clinton Foundation – Future of the Americas, NYC Blue Note, The ONU headquarters in NYC, Mechanics Hall, the B.B. King Club, Boston Symphony Hall, Berklee Performance Center, Howard Theater in Washington DC, Café 939. Mercuri is now working on promoting his latest album Prelude to a Kiss.
“… Mercuri’s playing floats quietly, remembering the old virtuosos of the instrument, although with a fresh and totally Brazilian.” Cristiano Castilho – Gazeta do Povo.“ In original compositions the guitarist and mandolinist Eduardo Mercuri flows with personality through Samba, Baião, Blues and Gypsy Jazz à la Django Reinhardt like in the irresistible “Tzigane Swing”. (L.L.) – O Globo Newspaper ”
Photo: Raphael Lehnen