Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Kiko Loureiro

Kiko Loureiro (Pedro Henrique Loureiro, born on June 16, 1972 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is a Brazilian guitarist who has worked with bands such as Angra, Silent Moon, and Blezqi Zatzas. Loureiro began studying music and playing acoustic guitar at age 11. Inspired by various artists mainly Eddie Van Halen, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, and Randy Rhoads, he moved to the electric guitar at 13 and by 16 had already joined two bands, Legalyze and A Chave, and was playing in nightclubs in São Paulo.

At 19, he helped co-found Brazilian power metal band Angra, with whom he still plays. Due to the increase in popularity of power metal, Loureiro has become quite successful, both playing in Angra and as a solo artist. He is known for his skill on the guitar, as well as writing columns for and appearing on the cover of magazines Cover Guitarra, Guitar & Bass, and Young Guitar. In addition to his rock/metal achievements, Loureiro has also played guitars on several eurobeat songs in collaboration with Dave Rodgers, including "Fevernova", "Ring of Fire" and "The Road is on Fire" He speaks Japanese, French and English in addition to his native Portuguese.

Solo albums

(1) Universo Inverso-2006

01. Feijão de Corda
02. Havana
03. Ojos Verdes
04. Anastácia
05. Monday Mourning
06. Arcos da Lapa
07. Samba da Elisa
08. Camino a Casa
09. Realidade Paralela
10. Recuerdos


1. Enfermo
2. Endangered Species
3. Escaping
4. No Gravity

5. Pau-De-Arara

6. La Force De L'Ame

7. Tapping Into My Dark Tranquility

8. Moment Of Truth
9. Beautiful Language
10. In A Gentle Way

11. Dilemma

12. Feliz Desilusão

13. Choro De Criança

Band - Angra

* Reaching Horizons (originally released in 1992, reissued in 1996)
* Angels Cry (JVC Japan, 1993)
* Evil Warning EP (1994)
* Holy Land (Gravadora Eldorado, 1996)
o Make Believe Part 1 single (1996)
o Make Believe Part 2 single (1997)
o Make Believe Part 3 single (1997)
o Make Believe Part 4 single (1997)
* Freedom Call EP (1996)
* Holy Live live EP (1997)
* Fireworks (SPV GmbH/Century Media Records, 1998)
o Lisbon single (1998)
o Rainy Nights single (1998)
* Rebirth (SPV GmbH/Steamhammer, 2001)
o Acid Rain single (2001)
* Hunters and Prey EP (SPV GmbH/Steamhammer, 2002)
* Rebirth World Tour: Live in São Paulo live album and video (BMG/Victor Entertainment, recorded in 2001 and released in 2003)
* Temple of Shadows (SPV GmbH/Steamhammer, 2004)
o Wishing Well single (2004)
* Aurora Consurgens (SPV GmbH/Steamhammer, 2006)
o The Course of the Nature single (2006)

Some of his videos:

Kiko Loureiro - Acid Rain

Kiko Loureiro's Tapping

Further readings:
Kiko Loureiro's
Kiko Loureiro's blog


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