Filipe Moreno: The Need to Evolve 

The Six-String Wizard From Brazil Discusses His Journey

Filipe Moreno: The Need to Evolve 

The Six-String Wizard From Brazil Discusses His Journey

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When it comes to bass virtuosos, there’s something in the water in Brazil. Watching players like Michael Pipoquinha, Munir Hossn, Thiago Espirito Santo, Junior Braguinha, Fernando Rosa, and the late, great Nico Assumpção tear through finger-busting passages with confidence and humor can be an ear-opening experience, and it’s a shock to learn that there are so many more players like them. The latest extraordinary musician to boost Brazil’s profile by balancing sensitivity and jaw-dropping bass chops is Filipe Moreno, who coaxes a universe of sounds from his custom Fodera and Schönitz signature 6-strings. The Salvador native, not yet 30, has already released two ensemble albums (Meu Tabuleiro, from 2015, and Memórias, released in 2019) and an assured, self-titled 2017 solo album on electric bass. Like his previous releases, last year’s Desejo Divino is a gorgeously produced showcase for his compositions and dazzling technique, this time through the lens of
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E. E. Bradman   By: E. E. Bradman