Helio Alves: Piano
Chico Pinheiro: Guitar
Edward Perez: Bass
Edu Ribeiro: Drums
A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, pianist Helio Alves combines the rhythmic complexity of modern brazilian music with the edgy energy of contemporary jazz. A resident of NYC, Alves has received high praise as an in-demand sideman with Joe Henderson, Yo-Yo Ma, Slide Hampton, Paquito D’Rivera, Airto Moreira and Flora Purim.
Helio was nominated for a Grammy with the album “Forests”, by the “Brazilian Trio”, a group that he co leads with bassist Nilson Matta and drummer Duduka da Fonseca. He has released four albums under his own name: “Trios” (1998), “Portrait in Black & White” (2004), “It’s Clear” (2009) and most recently, “Musica” featuring Antonio Sanchez, Reuben Rogers, Claudio Roditi and Romero Lubambo.
Together with musical partner Maucha Adnet, Helio has released the piano-voice album “Milagre” on Zoho Music (2013).
“Alves has subtlety, musicality and a extraordinary facility for improvisation… exceptional melodic improviser” – Roberti L. Doerschuk, DownBeat Magazine
“Alves plays with a gravity and stylistic flair that’s truly impressive” – Phillip Van Vleck, Billboard Magazine