Saxofoon, counterpoint, improvisation and ensemble / Rafael Pereira Lima
Rafael Lima is from Porto Alegre/RS, the southern most capital in Brazil. He started playing the harmonica in the Baptist church at the age of 10 years old and the saxophone at the age of 14 years old. At the age of 16 years old lived one year in USA, there he started to play alto sax in the Meridian Community Jazz Big Band, in the Far Away Places Jazz Combo and in MCC’s Improv Class Band. By the age of 24 years old got his Saxophone Bachelor degree from Institute of Arts of UFRGS. Rafael just finished Masters in Jazz Performance (Netherlands/NYC) at the University of Hanze (When Choro meets Bebop) For two years was professor of saxophone and improvisation at UFPEL.
Rafael started playing Choro in 2000 since there has played with many different artists and groups.
Today Rafael is living and working in Europe, having his residence in Rotterdam/NL.
Rafael is also the Artist Director at Brazilian Music Foundation/NY