Toninho Ferragutti

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O Sorriso Da Manu




Ferragutti is a musician, composer and arranger who has an extensive participation in concerts and cds of important artists in Brazil and abroad. His album Sanfonemas was nominated for the Latin Grammy Award in 2000 as Best Brazilian Roots album.  Another of his solo albums, Nem Sol Nem Lua, was in the opinion of many critics among the top 10 CDs of instrumental music in 2006. Further to his concerts presenting his authorial work, he constantly acts in concerts Maria Schneider Orchestra (USA) , Celine Rudolf (Germany), Maria Bethania, Mônica Salmaso, Gilberto Gil, Zizi Possi, 202 Trio, Edu Ribeiro, Jovino Santos Neto, among others.

Many musicians have dedicated their careers to the accordion. Some of them became virtuosos on the instrument, and also created an essential repertoire that enriched Brazilian Popular Music (MPB). Ferragutti is one of them, without a shade of doubt. He early chose the accordion as a tool for inspiration and for building a very successful career. His first chords were created at the small city of Socorro, in the state of São Paulo, his hometown. He was encouraged at home by his father, Pedro Ferragutti, also a musician (saxophonist) and composer of waltzes, choros, dobrados and marches -­‐   typical rythms in Brazil. The complement of his studies took place in choro groups (called rodas de choro, in Brazil,), dance groups, music groups from South Brazil (called gaúchos) and dance halls -­‐   further to his academic training at the Gomes Cardin Musical Conservatory, in Campinas -­‐   SP, private tutoring accordion classes with Dante D' Alonzo, and harmony studies with Claudio Leal Ferreira.

Before becoming a professional, Ferragutti attended three years of Veterinary course at the National University of the State of São Paulo (UNESP), in Botucatu -­‐ SP, but he left the degree one year before its conclusion to move permanently to São Paulo, in 1983. His arrival at the state capital for living permanently marks the beginning of his career as a professional musician. He participated in several TV broadcastings; recorded in several CDs and film scores, soap operas, -­‐   and became one of the most requested side musician to perform, live and in album recordings, with the most important MPB artists, like Gilberto Gil, Edu Lobo, Antonio Nobrega, Elba Ramalho, Mônica Salmaso, Geraldo Azevedo, Zé Ramalho, Chico César, Sivuca, Dominguinhos, Oswaldinho do Acordeom, Lenine, Paulo Moura, Marisa Monte, Elza Soares, Dori Caymmi, Joyce, Nelson Ayres, Nico Assumpção, Hermeto Pascoal, Grupo Corpo (dancing group), Mario Adnet, Proveta, Maira João and Mário Lajinha (Portugal), Seigen Ono (Japan), Antonio Placer (France).

More recently, Ferragutti has been participating in several symphony orchestras concerts, either as special guest or composer: OSESP (State Symphony Orchestra of São Paulo), Symphonic Jazz Orchestras São Paulo, Petrobras Sypmphonic Orchestra, Pro-­‐Music Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of the University of Paraíba, Recife Symphony Orchestra -­‐ under the baton of great conductors like Cláudio

Cruz, Ciro Pereira, Nelson Ayres, Wagner Tiso, Isaac Karabichevsky, João Maurício Galindo, Carlos Anísio and Osman Gioia. Ferragutti performs the whole written repertoire of the Brazilian composer and accordionist Sivuca for such lineup.

He regularly participates of important jazz festivals in USA and Europe, either performing solo or with Maria Schneider (USA), in duo with Mônica Salmaso (Brazil) and with Celine Rudolph (Germany).

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OFERENDA (Eldorado , 1996) -­‐-­‐   CD recorded in duo with the saxophonist and conductor Roberto Sion (in Japan). 

SANFONEMAS (Pau Brasil, 2000) -­‐-­‐   First solo album, nominated for the Latin

Grammy Awards in 2000, in the Best Brazilian Roots Album category.

MPBABY (MCD , 2004) -­‐-­‐   Solo CD presenting children's songs for parents and children played in the accordion.

NEM SOL NEM LUA (Biscoito Fino, 2006) -­‐-­‐   CD with with 11 own compositions , recorded and arranged for accordion plus a string quintet. Nominated for Tim Awards as Best Instrumental Album.

TRIO 202 (Azul Music, 2008) -­‐-­‐   CD in a trio lineup with Nelson Ayres (piano) and

Ulisses Rocha (guitar), recorded live in New York, at Jazz Standart.

O SORRISO DA MANU (Borandá, 2012) -­‐-­‐   New authorial CD with 9 compositions, recorded entirely live in accordion, piano, bass, clarinet and percussion lineup, plus a string quartet (2 violins , viola, cello).


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  • 12/10/2013

Small Ideas Become Big Music: Toninho Ferragutti Grows O Sorriso Da Manu


In the silence the accordion plays, then the quartet joins in and the dancers begin to move with gentle grace. With beautiful insistence, the rhythms push and sway and the journey to O Sorriso Da Manu (released on December 10th, on Borandá Records) begins. From the first workshops where acclaimed Brazilian accordionist Toninho Ferragutti created his new works with a troupe of dancers to his new finished CD he’s seen the music grow and change and take on the colours of 21st...

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