Singer and Composer
Marcos Ariel is in the forefront of the 90's Brazilian musician. He's a virtuoso pianist, flutist and composer, with a musical style purely “Carioca” (one who's a native of Rio de Janeiro), splashed with a passion for Classical and Jazz. As a player he is swift and precise transcending genuine warmth that can only be Marcos Ariel.
At home, in Rio de Janeiro, music flourished. His father encouraged him to listen and absorb the masters: Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and Chopin. He later developed an admiration for fellow countryman, Hermeto Pascoal and American contemporary Jazzman Chick Corea, who both influenced him.
At the age of seven, he began studying piano and by 1971 he was studying flute in the School of Music of the Brazilian Symphonic Orchestra. He was also a professional actor with the Guanabara Youth Theater, but eventually returned to music performing, with a group of musicians and singers playing a Brazilian music style called "Choro”. He also backed up Brazilian greats, Master Cartola, Roberto Gnatalli, Johnny Alf, Banda Black Rio and many others.
Marcos Ariel recorded his first album in 1980, “Bambu”, which was simultaneously released in Brazil, by Globo Records and in France and England, by Wathmusic and Farout recordings.
After the success of Bambu, he released in Brazil and the USA the award-winning album Terra do Índio.
Terra do Índio was chosen by Jazziz Magazine as one of the best albums of Jazz.
He then received the Brahma Extra Music Award revelation, with the launch of his instrumental LP Brazilian Piano.
His latest release of 2019 is WAVE HUNTER, featuring veteran pianist/composer Marcos Ariel, with remarkable guitarist Enéas Marques and world-class drummer/producer Roberto Alemão.
Ariel’s 32nd album fuses classic, soul jazz and is a musical love letter to the sea. It was created by three musicians who share a lifelong passion for the waves of Rio de Janeiro and California.