Ney Mello

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Ney MelloNey Mello
Guitar Virtuoso

Check out Ney’s Album, Elementi Eterni, a masterpiece of jazz fusion meditation!

Ney Mello is a part of an illustrious extended musical family in his native Brasil, counting among his cousins both jazz sax legend Victor Assis Brasil and jazz guitarist Gustavo Assis Brasil. He represented Brazil by invitation from the Brazilian government in the First Ibero-American Chamber Music Festival in Washington D.C. on October 28, 1998 playing Vila Lobos preludes, two compositions by Egberto Gismonti, and his original composition “Jogos De Mar” as featured soloist on classical guitar.

He then retired from the classical music scene in order to focus on jazz, rock, electronic, bossa nova and film soundtrack music. Ney Mello received 6 Wammie Award Nominations for “Voyages of Fire” in the categories of Best International Album, Best Classical Album, Best Ethnic Album, and Best Jazz Album.

Mr. Mello is a voting member of The Recording Academy for the Grammy Awards. His album “Meditations,” which was used as a soundtrack for an internet charity fundraising campaign, received the first prize in a US government competition for Best National Multimedia Soundtrack.

Ney Mello was nominated in 2004 for the prestigious international World Culture Open award in New York, USA under the auspices of The United Nations in the creative arts category “for his outstanding contribution to humanity through culture as a creative force for human expression and peaceful co-existence.

Ney Mello performed his compositions and improvisations for Vice President Al Gore at his birthday celebration in Washington DC. He subsequently received another invitation to perform on solo guitar for First Lady Barbara Bush in Washington DC.

Mr. Mello has been playing live, recording as guest soloist on various artist’s records (including a number one hit and a number two SoundClick chart hit with singer Sherreece), and teaching since 1975. He has several musical instrument and audio equipment endorsement deals. He has taught master classes and clinics at Howard University and Towson University as well as the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

Mr. Mello is also film soundtrack music composer. Some of his projects include MTV, DC film Festival, US government internet charity campaign ( 1st place award ), and two of his songs submitted by invitation for the soundtrack of the first “Iron Man’ film starring Robert Downey Jr and Gwyneth Paltrow.