Marco Castillo

Session Musician, Multi-instrumentalist - Producer - Composer - Arranger

Experience: 35+ years
Specialization: Brazilian Guitar – Latin Music

Marco was born in the capital of Samba, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music at Estácio de Sá University in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1994. As an educator he has presented several Brazilian music workshops at the University of Manitoba for the faculty of music, Long and Mquade as well as teaching music, coaching for Spanish and Portuguese.

Castillo has 35+ years of experience in the music industry, have toured and performed in many festivals in North America and around the globe, recorded and produced many musical projects, collaborated with great names locally and abroad such as the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra do Maestro Guio de Moraes, Ron Paley Big band, Trio Irakitan, Rosa Marya, Claudya (Evita), Luiz Carlos Batera (Banda Black Rio), Marcio Montarroyos (Ney Matogrosso, Elis Regina, Jobim), George Coligan (American Jazz Pianist), Rubão Sabino (Gilberto Gil) and Kiko Freitas (João Bosco) among others. In 2015 Marco was a finalist with his original “Forró no Canadá” for the Viña del Mar music festival in Chile, one of the most important music festivals in Latin America, which is broadcasted and seen by over millions of fans around the world.

Some of his recordings as a side musician:

Trio Irakitan – Voce é muito mais – 1984 Barclay
Trio Irakitan – Quantos momentos bonitos – 1985 Barclay
Irakitan – Porque me amou assim – 1989 Desperta Brasil
Rosa Marya – Rosa que encanta – 2002 Big Field
Erin Propp – Courage, my love – 2012 lndependent (WCMA, Juno nominated)

Solo Music Work

Full Albums:

Brazilian Season – 2008 Uncontrollable records
Trip to Brazil. – 2012 Brazilian Beats Records (World Recording of the Year WCMA)
Zabelê. – 2014 Brazilian Beats Records (nominated WCMA)


Maria – 2016 Brazilian Beats Records
Pensamento – 2016 Brazilian Beats Records
Bob – 2016 Brazilian Beats Records

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