Ed Motta

Brazil
Jazz Soul Funk Vocal
Ed Motta

Now in his early 50s, the "Colossus of Rio," Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter & entertainer is already a legend. Ryūichi Sakamoto, Max Middleton, Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick (Incognito), Greg Phillinganes, Chucho Valdez, Roy Ayers and Rolf Kühn, among others, are colleagues who adore him and have worked with him. Hundreds of thousands of fans on social media and Spotify follow the eccentric artist.

Born on August 17th, 1971, in Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Motta had an early inclination for music. Growing up in a musical family, he found his own musical language and established himself as one of the greats not just in Brazil, but worldwide. At just 15 years of age, he released his first-ever record and has not stopped since. Moving forwards, his musical passions and influences have expanded to soul, funk, jazz, classic rock, classical music, blues, and Broadway.

He even explored the world of classical music that he intertwines with his roots in Brazil and assorted styles from all over the world repeatedly. His dedication and hard work earned him a Latin Grammy Nomination in 2006 for his album “Aystelum”. Ed Motta steadily continued to release music over the years and 2018 marked the birth of his until then latest album “Criterion Of The Senses”. After a five-year break his exceptional journey now continues with his new Album: Behind The Tea Chronicles.

“Behind The Tea Chronicles” represents a significant milestone in Motta's artistic journey. This musical masterpiece showcases his unique ability to craft unforgettable melodies and thought-provoking lyrics. On this record, Motta was inspired by TV series and movies.

The album features an impressive line-up of distinguished musicians, including notable collaborations with both Brazilian and international artists. Paulette McWilliams and Philip Ingram can be heard as backup vocals as well as the Czech FILMharmonic Orchestra. Regarding the sound of his albums, Motta never makes compromises and provides a treat for all audiophiles with his new album.

Besides music, Motta is also a known expert when it comes to wine, beer, and tea. He even curated wine, beer and tea menus for the Sao Paulo design hotel, Emiliano. Motta also maintained an online wine column for Brazil’s top weekly magazine, “Veja” while presenting a radio show “Empoeirado” for Sao Paulo’s Radio Eldorado, highlighting and presenting rare and obscure gems from his collection of records. He says that his music reflects this very collection that he started with his mom’s records and which he expanded over the years.
"I'm a collector," Ed Motta confesses. "It's most obvious with records - I own a good 30,000 LPs - and maybe wine. For me, my record collection is part of my personality, it's what drove me to make music, to sit down at the piano or pick up the guitar and be one of them."

Videos
  • Ed Motta - Safely Far (lyric video 2023)
    Ed Motta - Safely Far (lyric video 2023)
  • Ed Motta - Your Satisfaction Is Mine (Official Video)
    Ed Motta - Your Satisfaction Is Mine (Official Video)
  • 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
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Press
" Here he dissects his musical roots, repurposes them, and makes what he needs to create a jazz-pop masterpiece. "
All Music Guide, 12.01.2023
"Let’s just say that this is the most impressive vocal jazz album since Jarrod Lawson’s Be the Change from a couple of years ago. "
Jazzwise, 12.01.2023
„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."
HHV Mag
Motta is a master of the cool, elegant, smooth groove with an edge. Superb album.
Echoes Magazine
"Der Brasilianer singt voller Poesie mit eruptivem Bariton Geschichten von Liebe und Leben"
Wolfsburger Nachrichten, 08.06.2019
Discography
Behind The Tea Chronicles
Behind The Tea Chronicles
2023
MPS
Criterion of the Senses
Criterion of the Senses
2018
MustHave/Membran
Perpetual Gateways
Perpetual Gateways
2016
Membran
AOR
AOR
2013
Dwitza
Chapter 9
Chapter 9
2008
Trama
Aystelum
Aystelum
2005
Poptical
Poptical
2003
Trama
Dwitza
Dwitza
2002
Universal
As Segundas Intenções
As Segundas Intenções
2000
Universal
Manual Pratico Para Festas, Bailes E Afins, Vol.1
Manual Pratico Para Festas, Bailes E Afins, Vol.1
1997
Universal
Um Contrato Com Deus
Um Contrato Com Deus
1992
WEA
Entre e Ouça
Entre e Ouça
1992
WEA
Conexião Japeri
Conexião Japeri
1988
WEA
Line up

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

Availability

Territories:

worldwide

except:

South America, Asia


2024 May, summer, fall
Contact
Ibrahim Bilen
Ibrahim Bilen
Head of A&R Jazz, Booking Agent
ibrahim@f-cat.de / +49 30 26 103 29 22

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