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Manny Moreira & Equator

Manny Moreira took his first music lesson at seven years of age with renowned Brazilian maestro Sebastiao Tapajoz who taught him how to play "House of The Rising Sun" with impeccable classical guitar technique. It was the perfect start for an eclectic career that has taken him on a far-reaching musical journey both stylistically and geographically. He began playing in local rock and blues bands at nine years old and by the age of fourteen he was doing gigs. Rock gigs continued until he heard a Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker album. At seventeen he began studying jazz improvisation. Shortly thereafter he was a sought after guitarist and singer on the local scene. He played in fusion bands, salsa bands, rhythm & blues bands, big bands and jazz combos. He also began honing his writing skills by doing arrangements and transcriptions for other singers and songwriters.

In 1990 he broadened his skills by studying orchestral conducting at the Julliard School of Music. Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Tchaikovsky are just a few of the composers whose scores helped enhance Mr. Moreira's knowledge of orchestration and composition.

In the mid '90s Moreira began an association with John Simon. Working alongside the legendary producer he further honed his skills as an arranger, conductor and music producer. Some of the artists and musicians with whom he has performed and/or recorded include; Ron Carter, Phil Woods, Eliie Gomez, Gil Goldstein, Michel Petruciani, Gilberto Gil, Eartha Kitt, The Temptations, Helen Reddy, and Johnny Ventura.

Later on he formed Equator Productions as an umbrella company to cover all of the musical services he provides. In 2003 he was selected by the United States Department of State and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for a one month tour of Africa as a Jazz Ambassador where he played diplomatic posts, national theatres and was invited to participate in lectures and music clinics at universities.