Ed Motta

Jazz Soul Funk Vocal
Ed Motta

“Ever since the late 1980s Ed Motta is the reference for jazzy soul from Brazil.”, says Rolling Stone about The Colossus of Rio, who, in his 40s, is a living music legend in Brazil already. Amongst others, colleagues & friends like Gilles Peterson, Roy Ayers, Seu Jorge, Bo Diddley & Ryuichi Sakamoto worked with him in the past. AOR music has always been “his first love”, and so it’s quite evident that his upcoming album will be deep-rooted in this musical genre.
The internationally acclaimed singer, composer, entertainer & bon vivant has always had a soft spot for soul, jazz, funk & rock music and the songs on his early Brazilian albums outranged the complexity of his radio hits by far. “Dwitza” and “Aystelum” set standards, ranging from “space jazz to Broadway musical pastiche, throwing in ballads, funk, soul-dance & pop-samba” (The Guardian). Continuously working on his music, in 2016 Ed Motta released “Perpetual Gateways” in Europe. Produced by great Kamau Kenyatta, this album offered a perfect blend of modal jazz and soul. With his voluminous baritone, his amazing talent on piano & Fender Rhodes, his great sense of humor and his tight & funky band, Ed’s live shows always are an exciting journey through his boundless musical world.


21.10.2018 AT-Innsbruck Treibhaus
24.10.2018 SE-Stockholm Fasching
25.10.2018 SE-Malmö Victoriateatern Tickets
29.10.2018 DE-Hamburg Stage Club
08.11.2018 DE-Freiburg im Breisgau Jazzhaus Freiburg Tickets
09.11.2018 DE-Stuttgart Bix Jazzclub
15.11.2018 DE-Berlin Quasimodo
16.11.2018 DE-Kassel Theaterstübchen Tickets
17.11.2018 DE-Dresden Jazztage Dresden
18.11.2018 DE-Dinslaken Stiftung Ledigenheim Dinslaken-Lohberg
  • Ed Motta - Smile
    Ed Motta - Smile
  • Ed Motta - Simple Guy // Brownswood Basement Session
    Ed Motta - Simple Guy // Brownswood Basement Session
  • Ed Motta Boiler Room XJazz Festival
    Ed Motta Boiler Room XJazz Festival
„Mottas Gespür für bittersüße Harmonien, die er mit seinem Fender Rhodes Piano ordentlich unter Druck setzt, ist (…) selbst für einen Musiker aus dem Mutterland des Bossa Nova erstaunlich.“
Süddeutsche Zeitung, 05.07.2018
„Ever since the late 80s (Ed Motta) is the reference for jazzy Soul from Brazil. (…) His baritone thrones in voluminous lushness. (…) In his unexcitedness lies an immense perfection, in the relaxed manner a grand love of detail."
Rolling Stone
„Seit Donny Hathaway hat kaum jemand so geklungen, das ist der Maßstab, der hier angesetzt werden muss. Butterweicher Jazz-Soul-Pop wie zu besten Steely-Dan-Zeiten."
Perpetual Gateways
Perpetual Gateways
Line up

Ed Motta – Fender Rhodes / Vocals
Matti Klein - Piano, Keys
Yoràn Vroom – Drums
Laurent Salzard – E-Bass
Arto Mäkelä – Guitar



Asia, Europe



2018 April, July, August, October, November
2019 all year
Michael Winkler
Michael Winkler
Booking Agent
michael@f-cat.de / +49 30 26 103 29 25
Leya Jerzy
Leya Jerzy
Production & PR
leya@f-cat.de / +49 30 26 103 29 33

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