musician • arranger • composer
Jayme Vignoli

Cavaquinho player, arranger, composer and music producer born in Rio de Janeiro on March 13, 1967, Jayme Vignoli started playing cavaquinho thirteen yeras old. Professional since seventeen, he took part in various popular music groups throughout Brazil and abroad. He studied cavaquinho with Marcio Almeida and graduated in Composition at the Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UniRio).

He joined important groups of the brazilian instrumental music scene like Orquestra de Cordas Brasileiras and Água de Moringa (where he still plays nowadays), groups awarded with Prêmio Sharp de Música (one of the most important music prizes in Brazil during the 1980 and 1990 decades) in instrumental category in 1991, 1992 and 1998. He is a member of the group Caldereta Carioca which made its debut in October 2005 in the project  Viagens Musicais (it means "musical travels") at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - Rio de Janeiro - running in the world premiere version of the work O Boi no Telhado by Darius Milhaud (original for orchestra ) for choro ensemble. Vignoli also is a member of Orquestra Típica Flor do Sereno from the carnival group Rancho Carnavalesco Flor do Sereno and the trios Trinca  e Os Guanabaras. He has performed with such groups and other programs in all regions of Brazil and also abroad, in countries like Colombia, Paraguai, United States, France, Portugal, Germany, Danmark, Sweden and Iran.

As a teacher, since 1987 he has been working in summer and winter music festivals all over Brazil, at Escola Portátil de Música, a program of musical pedagogy through choro  music, in Rio de Janeiro since 2003 where teaches cavaquinho, ensemble pratice, arrangement and composition. He also acted as a teacher in workshops in France (Casa de Choro de Toulouse/Space Job École de Musique Vivaces - Toulouse), Danmark (Rytmisk Musikkonservatorium) and Sweden (Fridhems Folkhögskola).

He has performed and recorded with many renowned brazilian artists and did the musical direction and wrote soundtracks of several corporate videos and CD-ROMs, as well as short and medium length films like  Perdia a cabeça na linha do trem (by Estevão Ciavatta), Matrimônio - Os Sete Sacramentos de Canudos (by Ralf Tambke), Livre (by Márcia Paraíso), Bíu - ou a vida não tem retake (by Paulo Halm), Liberdade ainda que à tardinha (by Luiz Guimarães de Castro) and Wilson BAtista - Eu sou assim (by Luiz Guimarães de Castro).

Worked as a musician and music director of the "sambópera" (musical theater play "samba" + opera) A Traviata (2001) directed by Augusto Boal when practically had to rewrite the score of Verdi adapting it to Brazilian rhythms.

In 2000 his electroacoustic work BirinaiteSuite was included on the CD Electroacoustic Music Studio - Villa Lobos Institute / Uni Rio.

Between 2002 and 2003 co-produced the album Sob o Redentor of the guitarist and composer Zé Paulo Becker also working on that as musician and arranger.

In 2006 he co-produced and did the musical direction and arrangements of the CD Sacramentos, of the singer Marcos Sacramento in whose previous CD - Memorável Samba - have acted as musician, arranger and co-musical director.

In 2006, among one hundred and thirteen subscribers, was one of the five finalists of Prêmio SesiMinas de Cultura, composition for chamber orchestra with the work Incelença e Côco de embolada getting an honorable mention at the time.

In 2008 the brazilian sextet Fina Estampa premiered his work Botequiana No 2 - Bracarense, in three movements, recording it on its first CD. Has been working widely as an arranger, writing in 2009, arrangements for the concert of brazilian singer Chico César in the Netherlands, with the dutch orchestra Metropole Orkest conducted by Vince Mendoza. 

In 2010 Vignoli worked as curator and director of music night of 3ª Mostra Brasil Juventude Transformando com Arte (3rd Brazil Panorama of Youth Transforming with Art) held at Teatro Carlos Gomes - Rio de Janeiro. In 2012 he returned to play the same roles in the fourth edition of the panorama.

In 2011 his piece Estação Madureira, for guitar and string quartet was recorded within the project As Quatro Estações Cariocas by Zé Paulo Becker and Quarteto Radamés Gnattali. In the same year his work Litorânea (a "quadrilha", choro style suite in five movements) was recorded on the debut CD of the group Camerata Brasilis.

In 2012 he repeated the experience of writing arrangements for Metropole Orkest for the concert Noite Cabo Verde with artists from the african country.

In 2014, brazilian instrumental ensemble Tungo recorded in it’s first CD, five pieces by Vignoli (Valsa primeira, Tungo, Zunga, Só pra constar and Soprado).

In 2016, Vignoli’s Orquestra Fuleira, a 15 musicians group, debuted at Rio de Janeiro under his direction, playing arrangements and compositions by himself at Casa do Choro.