Biographies

Grupo janeiro consists of five experienced professional musicians from London...

Guitarist

Mike Georgiades - Classical Guitarist

Mike is a guitarist, teacher and composer. He is an accomplished performer of many guitar styles, namely Classical, Romantic, Spanish and Flamenco, through to Latin Jazz, Rock and Pop. He currently works with many UK agencies and has performed at many prestigious venues including The Royal Pavilion (Brighton), The Four Seasons Hotel and the London Clermont Casino. He works as a session guitarist, recently working with 'Zoe & Frank' - a major label release in Japan. He has worked with the likes of Henry Olsen (formerly of Primal Scream), Tim Weller (drummer and brother of Paul) and programmer/producer Alexis Smith (Moulin Rouge and David Gray).

Alan Pagan - Drums and Percussion

Alan is a London based professional musician, specialising in drums and percussion. Alan is involved in many different band/theatre projects which require a wide range of styles. He also owns a professional 16 track recording/rehearsal studio which has been used by artists such as Tom Baxter (singer songwriter) and Alexis Smith (programmer for Moulin Rouge and David Gray)
Alan’s most notable ventures to date have been with Charlie Winston supporting Peter Gabriel in Germany & Monte Carlo, percussionist for the production of ‘Masque of the Red Death’ at the Battersea Arts Centre and percussionist for Filter Theatre’s production of Twelfth Night in Association with The Royal Shakespeare Company.

Drummer
Bassist

Neil Raymond - Bassist

Neil has a wealth of musical history, touring/writing with Australia's own 'Taxiride' (Warner Music) and 'CBD' (Sony Music), supporting artists such as Tina Arena, Mark Lizzote(Diesel) and Jimmy Barnes to name but a few. 
In London he plays with Ola Onabule,The Real People, Noel Mc Coy, and various sessions. 
5-star Hotel residencies include Sheraton Walker-Hill in Seoul South Korea, Grand Hyatt Melbourne, Tateshina Private Resort in Nagano, Japan.

Mauricio Velez - Special guest flautist

Mauricio is a multi-instrumentalist who specializes in Andean wind instruments and Afro-Cuban percussion. Born in Antioquia, Colombia,. He studied music at The Conservatoire of the University of Antioquia.
At the age of 17 Mauricio moved to London where he studied Advanced Jazz at the Performance Arts College. His tutors were Ian Carr, Tim Whitehead, Jack de Jonette and Julian Joseph. While at the PAC, Mauricio joined the London Fusion Orchestra, touring for 2 years and performing with the Positive Vibes Dance Company.In 1994 he formed a trio, fusing Andean sounds with Jazz. The trio made regular appearances at The Jazz Café, which lead to a collaboration with the Xacarra project alongside guitarist John Williams and composer Richard Harvey.Mauricio was also a member of the Hidden Cadence Band, winning the Guardian Jazz Awards in 1998,with a performance at the RNCM with Digby Fairweather.

Flautist
Singer

Sandra D’Angelo – Special guest vocals

Sandra D ‘Angelo was born in Cinecittà, Rome. Her family is of Italian-Brazilian descent. Sandra has graduated in Fine and Performing art at the academy of Brera and vocal jazz at music conservatory Giuseppe Verdi in Milan.

Sandra sings in equal parts Portuguese as English, Italian and French and has written and sung for independent labels such as Schema Records (Paolo Conte) In 2006 Major record labels caught onto the popularity of  her new project for the teen Italian Star Walt Disney presenter-Singer Mafy. And she is now signed as songwriter and melodist to EMI VIRGIN Recordings.
She is collaborating with the vibrant New Yorker Baile funk underground Scene for the one of Rio's biggest and most known Baile Funk sound systems in New York.