Born in Chicago, conductor, pianist, and composer Charles Floyd began studying piano at age four, gave his first solo recital at age nine, and by age twenty had been heard in solo recital, chamber music and concerto performances throughout the United States and Spain. His mentors include pianists Joseph Schwartz, the late Aube Tzerko, Howard Karp, Lee Luvisi, and Misha Dichter. As a conductor, he has been heard in concert with more than 500 orchestras since 1991, during which time his work at the podium caught the special attention of conductors James DePreist and Seiji Ozawa.
The Orquestra Atlântica was founded in 2012 as a way of recreating the sound of the Brazilian traditional music with a contemporary touch, while having a rhythmic and brass section that resembles a Big Band. It is formed by:
Marcelo Martins (sax tenor and flute)
Danilo Sinna (alto sax and flute)
Elias "Kibe" Borges (sax baritone, clarinet and clarone)
Jessé Sadoc (trumpet and flügelhorn)
Gesiel Nascimento (trumpet and flügelhorn)
Aldivas Ayres (trombone)
Wanderson Cunha (trombone)
Glauton Campello (piano)
Jorge Helder (bass)
Williams Mello (drums)
and Armando Marçal (percussion)
Playing together for more than 15 years, Marcelo, Aldivas, and Jessé have always dreamt of forming a big band that surpasses their desire to recreate the sound of the traditional orchestras of Rio de Janeiro. But the band only started to get together after the trio participated in Danilo Sinna's project "Jazz na Garagem” (Jazz in the Garage), which brought together musicians in the garage of their parents' house located at the Morro do Adeus, a community belonging to Complexo do Alemão, in the North Zone of Rio de Janeiro.
Still unnamed, the group made their first appearance in 2012 at Miranda, in Rio de Janeiro. The musician Glauton Campello, a friend and fan of the orchestra, was the one who named it.
- "It's a name that has everything to do with our repertoire," Marcelo says. - “We have the forest the ocean, and the Avenue (Atlantica, in Copacabana).”