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.
In 2012 Emiliano moved to Europe to study composition and trombone with Ed Partyka, Michael Abene and Ed Neumeister at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz. Nowadays he 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.
As composer and instrumentalist, Emiliano got the 3rd Prize in the Jazz Comp Graz Composition Contest and many Downbeat Student Awards in the categories “Best Jazz Guitar Player”, “Best Blues/Pop Guitar Player”, “Best Arranger”, “Best Composer for Large Ensemble”
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
“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