Marlene was born in Rio de Janeiro, but grew up in Brasília when it
became Brazil's new capital. Her father was a saxophonist and her mother a music
lover so music has always been part of her life. Marlene says she grew up
"listening to bossa nova, jazz and James Brown". Regarding the music she was
exposed to, she says "My parents have good taste for music". She started
learning and practicing music on the 'violão' (in English an "acoustic guitar"
or "Spanish guitar") with her sister Lubélia under the tutelage of two music
professors, Francisco Carmo and Francisco Pincelão.
In 1984 Marlene entered the prestigious "School of Music of Brasilia" - an
appraised public school of music in Brazil - where she studied the violão with
Professor Paulo André Tavares, a famous acoustic and electric guitarist in
Brasília and Rio de Janeiro. He is a teacher at Escola de Musica de Brasília
(Brasília Music School) and plays at different gigs in Brazil.
The School of Music of Brasilia also offered diverse "Courses of Summer" during
which Marlene learned about harmony (how the chords work) from professor Ian
Guest. During this time, she studied the violão under the erudite Brazilian
classical guitarist Marco Pereira and one of Brazil’s most celebrated guitar
composers and performers Paulo Bellanti. In 1985 Marlene began studying guitar
from Brazilian guitarist, arranger and composer, Nelson Faria.
In the years following her studies, she performed in theaters, bars of Brasilia
and Goiânia with several instrumental groups, but notably with the "Loga'Ritmo"
band, the "Maracatu Banda", and the big band "Popular Brasilia Orquestra". She
noted that the bands she played with generally followed the performances of
popular singers and singing groups.
In 1992, Marlene met and began studying with a great person and musician,
"Mestre Curinga", She said, "He played with many famous Brazilian's musicians
and singers and recorded many albums with them". She said, "Mestre Curinga's
music sounds like magic" to her. Marlene said he died a year later, but she said
she feels that , "I had good luck to meet him before he died because he was a
very good teacher". She said that he taught her how to make her own music,
create her own compositions and develop her own improvisational style.
* Marlene & Osvaldo Amorim
In 1994 Marlene came to the U.S. to study English at California State
University, East Bay. She attended Cal State East Bay into 1995 before returning
home. While attending CalState Marlene played with some musicians from the
Music Departament's Improvisation class. She said they played some jazz
standards. In San Francisco she played at one of the Pier's. It was not
her "gig", she had gone to listen to the jazz music, but then asked a
guitarist if she could "play some music", he said yes, so I played. It was
one of her memorable experiences while in California. Upon returning
to Brazil, Marlene continued to perform in many diverse places in the Brasilia
In 1998 some teachers from the Berkley came to São Paulo-Brazil to hold
auditions for scholarships. Marlene said she was approved for one, but could not
go because the scholarship was only $1.000. The Berkley course cost way in
excess of that.
She says she is is currently teaching "violao and guitar in its
institute the 'Plant of Sounds
DB: What type of music was played (generally) in your house?
Marlene:In my house we usually listened to instrumental
music. Jazz, bossa nova, baião, choro, samba-canção and samba from school's
samba. Pop, rock and soul music played on the radio. In my house
music was something important.
DB: What style of music do you like playing?]
Marlene: I like to play instrumental music: jazz- John Scofield's
music, Pat Metheny, James Moody, Charlie Parker, George Benson, Miles Davis,
Wes Montgomery to practice or to enjoy. I also like to play Brazilian
music like choro (a generally instrumental kind of Brazilian music), frevo
(rhythm like 'GELO Seco'), baião, samba and boss nova. My voice is
on my guitar and so I don't need lyrics (my voice is terrible to sing).
* Marlene Souza Lima
DB: Ae you featured on any CD's by other musicians?
Marlene: I had some participations on Marcello Bernardes' CD
(he is a Brazilian singer), I am on the "Som AFRO Brasil" CD (sounds like
African music). Also on two collectanea CD (an album with
different kinds of music and musicians). The first one with the "Som Afro
Brasil" and the second one with the "Loga'Ritmo" (we recorded the music
"Loga'Ritmo that you can hear on my MySpace page).
DB: Can you explain what the "Sounds of Plants Course of
Marlene: The 'Usina de Sons' is a music course open to the public.
In it, people can learn how to play acoustic or electric guitar. They are
taught harmony, music theory and are offered the opportunity to learn many
musical styles. All the people are welcome no matter what age. "I'm
the "Usina de Sons" owner and I'm teaching too". The
"Usina de Sons" represents an old dream come to light for
Marlene. She says, "I teach there and like doing it very much. Overall,
I like playing at shows. I love Music, Music is my life".
* Use of images for article by permission of Marlene Sousa Lima -
Course of Music.
Marlene Lima Band on "My Way" CD (2011)
The Marlene Souza Lima Group is a Brazilian instrumental band. Marlene
Souza Lima-acoustic guitar, eletric guitar, compositions and arranger;
Oswaldo Amorim-eletric bass; Paulo Marques-drums. They have played
together since the 90's. The band plays Brazilian instrumental music
with some taste and influence in jazz music, Brazilian classical songs
and latin music. On the CD "My Way" the special guests: Wellington "Tom" Vidal-drums;
Leo Filho-clarinet; Fernando Nantra-eletric bass; Leo Barbosa-percussion,
Fernando Corona and Kiko Continentino-keyboards All the tunes were composed by Marlene.
*If you would like to purchase or inquire about Marlene's "My Way" CD,
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Marlene Lima Band (2011) -
(l-r) Oswaldo Amorim, Paulo Marques, Marlene Lima and Leo Lima