HÉLIO DELMIRO: BLESSED, GIFTED & ENLIVENED MUSICIAN
Again I come to you my friends, to show you, one of the greatest living guitarits I know: Mr. Hélio Delmiro, a simple and introvert man, that speaks tha voice of God in his instrument. He appeared as a guest artist, in many great recordings of Elis Regina, like the amazing acoustic guitar we hear in "o bêbado e a equilibrista" (Charles Chaplin's "limelight") , like Mr. Fábio Zanon said about it, in his website:
"Hélio Delmiro's learning was made in live performances and in practice, his colleagues say he is perfectly capable of playing any solo Jazz piano solo, by ear, as he took from the disks.Later he also studied classical guitar in order to refine his technique. A strong influence was the saxophonist Victor Assis Brazil, with whom he made his first recording. At the time he was introduced as the "new Baden Powell", was playing electric guitar and in fact that he never played with a pick, always with the fingers. Over the sixties, Helio Delmiro created an untouchable reputation in folk/popular music circuit, following a succession of famous singers, especially Clara Nunes, with whom he played for over ten years, with Elis Regina he also played for three very intense years and participated in famous recordings and in the Montreux Festival (1979).If you think, that your ear has never heard a song from Hélio Delmiro's sophisticated art, you're wrong, it is clear that Elis Regina's voice is so marked that we almost do not care to hear the other instruments, but for a moment try to pay attention to the tastefully done up guitar in the song "o bêbado e a equilibrista" (Charles Chaplin's "limelight") from the disk - This Woman (1979): Indeed Elis Regina softly turn down her voice a little bit, just to hear the guitar's follow-up of Hélio Delmiro. In the seventies, he has consolidated his reputation as a Jazz musician, and was hailed as a genius and recorded an album with Sarah Vaughan in 1979 and finally released his first solo album called "Emotiva" (soulful), in which he plays the acoustic guitar and electric guitar. In the eighties, Helio Delmiro established himself definitively on the international circuit; the list of its partnerships is immense and includes legends of Jazz, and released solo albums frequently. A crisis has loomed for Helio Delmiro, and is no secret that many Jazz musicians dissolve themselves in smoke from barroom tables, alcohol and drugs, then you need to be a monk yourself, to be a Jazz musician and to go to work off of it. Helio Delmiro succumbed, when it reached a critical point and a monk "entered within himself" and converted him to Christianity, with so much fervor that he became evangelical Pastor and put a "foot on the brake" in a very abrupt way, in his career in the late 80's. The return was gradual and painful, for him, in a sense he had a reputation of being "bossy", which added to the fame of proselyte (convert to an individual doctrine, idea or system), which upset many people.In 90's, he returned to the charge, frequently playing abroad. In 2004, a new jolt, a disagreement with his ex-wife on the board of the children, eventually led him to prison, particularly in abject (infamous) conditions, sharing a cell with hardened criminals, then all kinds of Brazilian musicians gave him support, but it is clear that this episode has opened large wounds, which he attend to heal them with his Christian faith. Helio Delmiro is an unanimity among fellow musicians as one of the most lavishly gifted musicians of Brazilian's music history, as he owns a remarkable improvisational skills. His solo appearances seems like classical concerts, whose behavior reflects sober and musical density and immaculate technique. He is a man of fine intelligence ,which of course, he never lets his art or his personal convictions pass without a thorough self-analysis."
Some internet videos by the great guitar master Hélio Delmiro:
Elis Regina & Hélio Delmiro play "O Bêbado e a Equilibrista" (João Bosco/Aldir Blanc)
Hélio Delmiro plays "Compassos"
Hélio Delmiro plays "Autumn Leaves" (Joseph Kosma/Jacques Prévert)
Hélio sings! and plays "Ilusão à Toa" (Johnny Alf)
Sarah Vaughan & Hélio Delmiro play "A Little Tear" (Tom Jobim)
Hélio Delmiro & Nana Caymmi play "Insensatez" (Tom Jobim)
Hélio plays "Waltzin" (Victor Assis Brasil)
Jane Mara & Hélio Delmiro sing! and play "Estrada do Sol" (Tom Jobim)
Jane Mara & Hélio Delmiro play "Desde que o samba é samba" (Caetano Veloso)
Jane Mara & Hélio Delmiro play "O Barquinho" (Roberto Menescal)
Liz Rosa & Hélio Delmiro play "Dindi" (Tom Jobim)
Hélio plays "Beijo Partido" (Toninho Horta)
Hélio Delmiro plays "My Favorite Things" (Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein)
Hélio Delmiro & Simone play "Minha Namorada" (Carlos Lyra)
Hélio Delmiro plays "All the things you are"
Zizi Possi & Hélio Delmiro play "Copo Vazio" (Gilberto Gil)
Nana Caymmi & Hélio Delmiro play "Mudança dos Ventos" (Ivan Lins)
Renato Russo & Hélio Delmiro play "Gente Humilde" (Garoto/Chico Buarque/Vinícius de Moraes)
Hélio Delmiro improvises live at Heineken Concerts 1992
Milton Nascimento & Hélio Delmiro play "Caçador de Mim" (Luis Carlos Sá/Sérgio Magrão)
Roberto Sion & Hélio Delmiro play "Rapaz de Bem" (Johnny Alf)
Roberto Sion & Hélio Delmiro play "A Night in Tunisia" (Dizzy Gillespie)
Elis Regina & Hélio Delmiro play "Rebento" (Gilberto Gil) at Montreux Jazz Festival 1979
Elis Regina & Hélio Delmiro play "Madalena" (Ivan Lins) at Montreux Jazz Festival 1979
Elis Regina & Hélio Delmiro play "Cai Dentro" (Baden Powell/Paulo Cesar Pinheiro) at Montreux Jazz Festival 1979
Elis Regina & Hélio Delmiro play "Cobra Criada" (João Bosco/Paulo Emílio) at Montreux Jazz Festival 1979
Victor Assis Brasil Quintet (with Hélio Delmiro) play "Tema pro Einhorn"
Victor Assis Brasil Quintet play "Balada pra Nadia"
Victor Assis Brasil Quintet play "Lydian Dreams"
Victor Assis Brasil Quintet play "Waltz for Trane"
Hélio Delmiro plays "Pro Zeca"
Hélio Delmiro plays "Ad Infinito" no RT SOM
Hélio plays "Marceneiro Paulo" no RT SOM
Hélio plays "Marceneiro Paulo" no CLUBE DO CHORO
Some wisdow words from Jesus' brother: Mr. Hélio Delmiro (talking about playing with new musicians):
"I felt that too one day, it's a pleasure to be reaching a larger experience, I've been experienced, is really good, gives that tingly inside, it's good there, but really listen something: the knight riding the horse out but the horse continues to trot, and then comes another rider mounts the horse, and goes over a road, then after he goes down and comes back another rider and so the horse riding on and on. So also is the experience, the sum of them; then they think they learned something with us, but we actually do learn much more from them. "
To know more about this gifted musician, and above all things: vitalized human being, please reach:
"And we know, that to men that love God, all things work together into good, to them that after purpose be called saints. For those that he knew before [For why and whom he knew before], he before-ordained by grace to be made like to the image of his Son, that he be the first begotten among many brethren. And those that he before-ordained to bless, them he called; and whom he called, them he justified; and whom he justified, them he glorified." ROMANS 8, 28-30
"It pertaineth to man to make ready the soul; and it pertaineth to the Lord to govern the tongue. All the ways of men be open to the eyes of God; the Lord is a weigher of spirits, that is, of wills, yielding to man after his deservings. Show thy works to the Lord; and thy thoughts shall
be succeed." PROVERBS 16, 1-3
"The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the charity of God, and the communing of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen." 2 CORINTHIANS 13, 14
Posted by Augusto Senna