Latin Samba-Jazz Funk probably best describes Marco's music. Blending the unique traditional rhythms and contemporary sounds of Brazil with lush jazz-voicings and epidemic grooves. Brazilian Marco Castillo has been impressing international audiences around the globe. Following in his father’s footsteps, a man who recorded dozens of albums and toured the world with "Trio Irakitan", Marco’s skills were honed at the feet of the best. After graduating with a B.A. in Music in Rio de Janeiro,1994 at “Estácio de Sá University”, he instantly began touring South America with Brazil’s hottest bands.
Since his debuted in the Winnipeg music scene in 2008, Marco has been giving back as much as he has been given. His musical influence can be seen everywhere among his peers. Marco has been infusing and spreading his infectious, uplifting Latin-World grooves all over. Whether it’s his work as a solo artist or his collaborations, not the least of which is his full 8 piece "Brazilian Beats" band which features the most talented musicians in Winnipeg who always bring a one of a kind energetic and contagious rhythms.
His intelligent treatment of some the rich Brazilian styles on his Canadian debut CD, "Brazilian Season" in 2008, ensured that it topped college radio charts for several weeks. Castillo’s much anticipated new release "Trip to Brazil" in 2011, the sumptuous samba compilation. The CD snatched the World recording of the Year from Western Canadian Music Awards in 2012 in Regina; Castillo newest 2014 ten track release "Zabelê" is a piece of art composed of solely original songs with the best Brazilian flavours: Samba, Forró and Funk. Consisting of two instrumental songs and eight lyrical masterpieces, "Zabelê" delivers a variety of systemized and deluxe textures and rhythms that will surely bring all listeners the unique Brazilian experience. From uncontrollable upbeat Samba to infectious funky grooves, is Marco is the Latin/World Music ‘go to guy’
TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival - Free Opening Weekend
Marco Castillo & Brazilian Beats
133 Albert Street, Old Market Square