Guitarist, trombonist, arranger and composer, born in São Paulo in 1984, studied Popular Music in the University from Campinas (Unicamp) where he got a Bachelor and a Master degree.

Emiliano 2 foto from Peter Purgar In 2004 he founded the group “Meretrio” which released six albums in Brazil and played already in the most important Brazilian jazz festivals. Since 2015 the trio established in Austria and in 2016 released the new Album “Óbvio” with Heinrich Von Kalnein from the Jazz Big Bang Graz as special guest.

In 2015 Emiliano Sampaio finished his studies in jazz composition with Ed Partyka and Michael Abene and nowadays he studies trombone at Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz, where he also develops his Doctoral studies, with focus on the use of improvisation for large Jazz Symphonic Orchestra.

In 2013, Emiliano founded the European nonet “Mereneu Project”, which won the “Downbeat” Student Award 2014 in the category Best Small Jazz Combo.

Emiliano foto from peter purgar

As composer and instrumentalist, Emiliano won the 3rd Prize in the Jazz Comp Graz Composition Contest with the composition “Paris” and two “Downbeat” Student Awards in 2015 in the categories Jazz Soloist as guitarist and Outstanding original composition for large jazz ensemble with the composition “Vienna”.

As conductor, arranger and composer, he has worked with the Metropole Orkest (Holand), HR Frankfurt Radio Big Band, the Fete Huppe (Hannover), the Big Band Copenhagen, HRT Croatian Radio Band, the Regensburg University Jazz Orchestra, the Graz Composers Orchestra, Mere Big Band (Sao Paulo), Soundscape (Sao Paulo), Badi Assad, Dominguinhos, the Trombone Quartet of Campinas, Rebecca Sharp and Golden Ground.

Some lines about…

“Mr. Sampaios´s originality is undoubtably putting a huge smile on the faces of Gil Evans, Moacir Santos and Rachmaninoff. Simply put: musical poetry in motion” Luis Bonilla (Professor at the Manhattan School of Music NY) 2016

“Emiliano Sampaio is an amazingly talented young Brazilian guitarist, trombonist, composer and arranger (…) His music is complex and beautiful. He is a “tourist” with a ticket to great things. I look forward to enjoying the ride.“ Frank Alkyer (Downbeat Magazine) 2015

Big Band foto from Eckhart Derschmidt“He seems to have a limitless supply of melodies. Sometimes I hear Mingus, sometimes early Ellington, sometimes Brazil, Paris, but always Emiliano.” Michael Abene (WDR Big Band Conductor) 2015

“(…) Emiliano Sampaio and his Mereneu Project have created something very special with this recording, and I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do.” Ed Partyka (HR Big Band Conductor) 2014

“What a lovely track. The choppiness of the opening guitar notes leads into a languid ballad that gets more dreamy as it goes along. Just beautiful.” All About Jazz about the track “Pe de Moca” 2011


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Master Research (University of Campinas – Unicamp)