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