Sobre Mim / About me

ENGLISH

Rodrigo Rodrigues was born in Bragança Paulista – Brazil. His interest in music came through his mother, who played guitar and sang in the famous “Family Barbecues” music group. He started studying guitar at age 12 with Edu Ardanuy, Mozart Mello, André Hernandes and others. In 2002 he graduated in Rock Specialization by EM & T (Music and Technology School – São Paulo – Brazil). He currently holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music from the Claretiano University, and has taken several online courses from outside institutions such as Berklee College of Music – US, University of Edinburgh – Scotland, Yale University – US and University of Rochester – US.

His experience as a teacher began 20 years ago, and since then he has taught at several schools. In 2014 he had the opportunity to do some works in Europe, among them, to teach at Music Action School (www.musicaction.be) in Hamme Mille, Belgium. He has participated in jam sessions with several European musicians and did volunteer work at the École Bois de Chènes, children school in Coisins, Switzerland.

As a practical musician he has played in several bands of various kind of music, from pop to dance, electronic and heavy metal. He has recorded with the singers Ricardo Parronchi, Michael Matt, Henry Ayres, Bella Guima, and others.

He has held guitar clinics alongside names like Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth), Edu Ardanuy, Rafael Bittencourt (Angra) and others.

In 2010 he released his instrumental EP titled “The First Step: Introduction”, with special guests André Hernandes, bass player Andrei Ivanovic, and drummer Richard Montano (Nuno Mindelis, J.J. Jackson). Acclaimed by the Brazilian music press, “The First Step: Introduction” featured prominently in the Guitar Player and Cover Guitar magazine, and has been featured in a number of guitarist collections. His music “102 Degrees” was the soundtrack of the TV show Conexão Radical -TV Altiora – Brazil, and his song “Searching for New Vibes” was featured into the Jason Becker’s Tribute CD titled “Heart of Hero.

Currently, besides his activity as a guitar teacher, R.R. is a guitarist, main composer and producer of the Thrash / Death / Prog metal band called Enemies of Reality, that released in 2016 the EP titled “Trull”. In addition to this band, he is also a member of the band “Falling Into a Dream”, a tribute to Dream Theater, instrumental project “As the Mind Slips Away” and works as a freelancer.

 

PORTUGUÊS

O guitarrista Rodrigo Rodrigues é natural da cidade de Bragança Paulista/SP e seu interesse pela música veio através de sua mãe, que tocava violão e cantava nos famosos “churrascos de família”. Começou a estudar violão aos 12 anos. Já estudou com Edu Ardanuy, Mozart Mello, André Hernandes entre outros, e em 2002 formou-se em Especialização em Rock pelo EM&T. Atualmente é graduado em Licenciatura em Música pelo Centro Universitário Claretiano além de diversos cursos online de instituições do exterior como Berklee College of Music e Universidade de Edimburgo – UK.

Sua experiência como professor iniciou a 20 anos atrás, e desde lá lecionou em diversas escolas, e em 2014, teve a oportunidade de fazer alguns trabalhos na Europa, dentre eles, lecionar na escola de música Music Action (www.musicaction.be) na cidade de Hamme Mille na Bélgica. Participou de jams sessions com vários músicos europeus e ainda palestrou para crianças estudantes do ensino fundamental da École Bois de Chènes na cidade de Coisins na Suiça.

Como músico prático já tocou em diversas bandas de variados estilos musicais, desde bandas de pop, baile, música eletrônica ao heavy metal. Já gravou com os cantores Ricardo Parronchi, Michael Matt, Henry Ayres, Bella Guima, entre outros.

Além dos seus próprios workshops, já realizou workshops ao lado de nomes como Kiko Loureiro, Edu Ardanuy, Rafael Bittencourt entre outros.

Em 2010 lançou seu EP instrumental intitulado “The First Step: Introduction”, com partipações de André Hernandes (André Matos), o baixista Andrei Ivanovic (Arnaldo Antunes, Nuno Mindelis) e baterista Richard Montano (Nuno Mindelis, J.J. Jackson). Aclamado pela crítica, The First Step: Introduction teve destaque nas revistas Guitar Player e Cover Guitarra, e suas músicas participaram de diversas coletâneas de guitarristas. Sua música “102 Graus” foi tema de abertura do programa Conexão Radical da TV Altiora de Bragança Paulista/SP.

Atualmente, além de sua atividade como professor de guitarra, R.R. é guitarrista, principal compositor e produtor da banda de Thrash/Death/Prog metal Enemies of Reality que lançou em 2016 o EP intitulado “Trull”. Além da banda Enemies of Reality, também é integrante da banda “Falling Into a Dream”, tributo ao Dream Theater, o projeto instrumental As the Mind Slips Away e trabalha como free lancer.