Artist In Residence 2018 - Michael Pipoquinha

Sensational bass musician Michael Pipoquinha from Brazil will give the workshop at Splendid Palace on April 6th 11:00 to share the power and taste of Brazilian music and jazz improvisation.
April 3, 2018, 17:46

Michael will visit Riga as a jury member at the international contest Riga Jazz Stage 2018, as well as will give a special performance with Latvian Radio Big Band to present programme “Tribute to Jaco” on April 7th at Splendid Palace.

Bass talent first electrified the internet with his homemade bass videos, when he was 13. Prodigy’s technical virtuosity and natural lyricism impressed a music world. His style, informed by his Brazilian heritage, combines mad slapping skills in the Wooten vein, along with ferocious grooves, plus serious melodic and harmonic knowledge.

“I started with the acoustic guitar,” says Pipoquinha.  “I always liked harmony and Brazilian grooves both on acoustic and electric guitars. I developed my techniques by listening to lots of Baden Powell and other guitar players like Joe Pass and Pat Metheny. That’s helped me on the bass to play both harmony and rhythm at the same time. My idea of a great show is to touch people with my music so they can leave overflowing with joy and a feeling that music heals the soul.”

Now, at the age of 21, Pipoquinha is poised to make his mark on the world music scene. He has already wowed audiences at live performances in Europe and South America. Artist performed with WDR Big Band, Brazil Trio New Jazz, Nelio Costa, Artur Maia, Jeferson Gonçalves, Big Time Orchestra and others. Together with Sandro Haick they released Brazilian instrumental music album “Nosso Mundo” which received high acclaim from listeners. At the end of November musician has released album “Lua” featuring his songs.

“Pipoquinha’s music is propulsive, bright and full of energy. What a joy.” – Percy Mabandu

“Sensational Brazilian bassist.” – The Standard Bank Jazz Festival


Don’t miss the opportunity to meet this young, talented and already wide known musician. Get worthwhile experience and inspiration!

Apply for the workshop till April 1st here:

A number of seats is limited.

Entrance to the workshop is with concert ticket!