Celso Machado comes from a large family of musicians and was already a master when I was beginning to play the guitar. In 1997, at the age of 24, he recorded his first album in the prestigious company of Marcus Pereira. Already in these compositions and arrangements one finds a very personal style of guitar playing, with lots of percussion; a style which would open the way to a whole generation of guitarists. His use of percussion is not limited to the guitar. He uses other instruments or simply his body. Some of Celso’s tracks are unique, completely atypical, whilst others are based on traditional compositional forms, one finds here beginners’ scores as well as pieces for experienced musicians. But in all the pieces the most important thing is always the music and pleasure.
It was in 1983 in São Paulo that our paths crossed, and that we started to play together. Later Celso went to live abroad. I did the same ten years later. Today he lives in Vancouver, where he has produced his latest CDs and where he performs concerts either solo or with other musicians. Among the encounters that our travels or that our concerts allowed us, we wanted to take the time to record some of Celso’s pieces. I hope that you will take part in their spontaneity and generosity.