Monday, March 29, 2010

Kiko Loureiro : clinic at MAI (Nancy, France)

Kiko Loureiro gives today a clinic with the bassist Reggie Hamilton at MAI (Music International Academy) in Nancy (France) from 18:00 (french time).

For more news : MAI website / Kiko Loureiro Official Website

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Kiko Loureiro : new dates in Europe

Here are the dates of the workshops tour of Kiko Loureiro in Europe :
  • 29/03/10 - 18:00 - Clinic - MAI - Nancy (France)
  • 31/03/10 - 20:00 - Clinic - Orto Bar Club - Ljubljana (Slovenia)
  • 07/04/10 - 18:30 - Clinic - Santandrea, Bisceglie (Italy)
  • 08/04/10 - 18:00 - Clinic - Panebianco, Cozensa (Italy)
  • 09/04/10 - 17:00 - Clinic - Crotone, Catanzaro Lido (Italy)
  • 10/04/10 - 21:00 - Clinic - Alive Club - Alive Club - Latina (Italy)
  • 11/04/10 - 18:00 - Clinic - Centro Comunale Per Le Attività Musicali - Perugia (Italy)
  • 13/04/10 - 17:00 - Clinic - Sepulveda, Barcelona (Spain)
  • 14/04/10 - 19:00 - Clinic - Madrid (Spain)
For more news : Kiko Loureiro France schedule / Kiko Loureiro Official Webiste

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Kiko Loureiro / Angra : new official website in English and Portuguese

Reaching Horizons, official Angra website is now available in two languages, Portuguese and English !

Follow the latest news regarding the band and the recording of their new album, which is expected to be launched in June this year !

For more news : Angra Official Website

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Kiko Loureiro : video from Laney "Alernate and Sweep Picking exercises"

Here a video of Kiko Loureiro giving some explanations about alternate and sweep picking. This video is from Laney website ! Enjoy ;)

For more news : Laney website

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Kiko Loureiro in Europe

MS Metal Press official note :

"The guitarist of the bands Angra and Neural Code, Kiko Loureiro, will be in Europe in March and April for giving clinics to promote his newest solo album, "Fullblast". Some cities from France, Slovenia and Italy will receive the Brazilian guitarist, who returns in Europe for a new step of his career.

Kiko Loureiro : "I'm going in Europe after finishing the new Angra's album. During this period of pre-launch, I'll continue the tour to promote my solo album "Fullblast", which was very well received in Europe. I often say that it's always good to play with people from different cultures. I'll see all the French, Slovenian and Italian fans."

Here are the dates :

- 29/03/10 - 18:00 - Music International Academy (MAI) - Nancy (France)
- 31/03/10 - 20:00 - Orto Bar Club - Ljubljana (Slovenia)
- 10/04/10 - 21:00 - Alive Club - Latina (Italy)
- 11/04/10 - 18:00 - Centro Comunale Per Le Attività Musicali - Perugia (Italy)

For more news : MS Metal Press / Kiko Loureiro Official website

Monday, March 15, 2010

Kiko Loureiro talks about the new Angra's album

MS Metal Press Official note :

The band Angra from São Paulo is finishing his new album, the successor of "Aurora Consurgens" (2006), at Norcal Studios in São Paulo.

The guitarist Kiko Loureiro released an official note, summing up the activities of the band in the studio, focusing on their recording sessions :

"These words are for the Angra's fans ...

It's with a great pleasure I inform you that we are about to finish the new album ! There is a great atmosphere in the studio and I recently finished my guitar parts (rhythms sections, solos, themes). Everything is ready at last ! Now I'm ending the recording of acoustic guitars and composing the lyrics of two new songs.
Work is well underway and the result is more and more impressive.

This will be certainly a great album showing the diversity of our musical ideas, where the balance between the traditional Angra's style and artistic innovations will be perfect"


The new Angra's album, still untitled, produced by musicians themselves, is expected to launch in the beginning of June, this year.

For more news : MS Metal Press

Here some Kiko Loureiro's pics at Norcal Studios during the recording sessions of the new Angra's album. These pics are from the gallery of Felipe Andreoli on Flickr :

Angra, Adriano Daga et Brendan Duffey aux Norcal Studios (São Paulo)

For more news : Felipe Andreoli Flickr

Kiko Loureiro : Creative Fusion (DVD)

Rock House releases Creative Fusion, Beyond Pentatonics £ Power Chords, 2 DVD features Brazilian Guitar Virtuoso Kiko Loureiro of Angra.

Rock House, the leader in music instruction, announced today the release of a new 2-set instructional DVD Creative Fusion, Beyond Pentatonics & Power Chord featuring Brazilian guitar virtuoso Kiko Loureiro. Kiko is the driving force behind the band Angra who has sold millions of CDs and toured the world several times over. Kiko is often voted by magazines and fans as one of the most talented guitar players worldwide. Young Guitar Magazine quotes “His guitar playing is top notch and can be compared to the masters like Vai, Satch and Petrucci. Kiko is a versatile guitar player with a deep knowledge of Rock 'n' Roll, Heavy Metal and Jazz which you can hear in his solos, riffs and melodies.”

In this new 2 DVD set, Kiko helps students open up their musical universe by showing how to apply fusion techniques to Rock playing. Kiko shows students a method for using arpeggios to craft amazing leads and melodies. He starts with major and minor arpeggios and triad voicings and builds them into progressions. Then expands on this concept with major arpeggio extensions adding the 7th and 9th and shows how to complete the mission by delivering full dominant and diminished arpeggios in single and cross string technique. Kiko explains and demonstrates how these all relate as tools for creating a unique musical style. Students learn modal arpeggios and how to apply them over full band backing tracks so they can start creating their own masterpieces!

Creative Fusion, Beyond Pentatonics & Power Chord is a 2-DVD set with more than 2 hours of lessons with Kiko and extras like behind the scenes photo, a personal interview, iPod ready video, performances and bonus lessons. This Rock House DVD is available around the world for $24.99. The DVD also comes with a FREE lesson booklet and membership to Rock House’s lesson support site at This feature, exclusive to Rock House and its partners, offers students supplementary support for the lessons featured on the DVD. Once registered, students can interact with the community, utilize the additional learning tools and access the special features.

Here is the trailer of the DVD ...

... and the first lesson, where Kiko shows how to go from Rock to Fusion using the Lydian Mode :

For more news : Kiko Loureiro Official Blog / Rock House Official Website

Kiko Loureiro and Laney : pics and videos

Kiko Loureiro posted on his Official Twitter some links regarding his endorsement by Laney !

The first link is a gallery of 34 pics from Namm show on Facebook.

The second link offers 3 videos tips from Kiko Loureiro about tapping, clean tapping and alternate and sweep picking on Laney website !

For more news : Kiko Loureiro Official Twitter / Kiko Loureiro Official Facebook / Laney

Kiko Loureiro Biography

In March 2007 Kiko Loureiro was voted “Best Guitarist” by respected Japanese music publication BURRN. Quite an achievement for a guitarist from Brasil whose meteoric career has spawned numerous studio and live albums with ANGRA, as well as solo albums “No Gravity” and “Universo Inverso”.

Beginning his musical studies at age eleven, Kiko has never stopped evolving both as a musician and as a composer. Today, at age 34, he is in the enviable position of being respected, well-known and influential worldwide.

Kiko was just 19 years old when he was invited to join the newly-formed ANGRA. Before then he studied with Mozart Mello and played with various local groups in his hometown of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Kiko's solo career has developped parallel to that of Angra.

In March 1993 Kiko filmed his first instructional video. Shortly thereafter he travelled to Germany to record Angra's debut album “Angels Cry”. The album's overwhelming success opened many new markets to the band, such as Europe and Japan.

Two years later the band recorded “Holy Land”, again in Germany, with production handled by Charlie Bauerfeind and Sascha Paeth. This record strenghthened the band's position as a leading melodic heavy metal act on the world music scene.

Prior to the 1998 release of Angra's third studio opus “Fireworks”, they issued two Eps “Freedom Call” and “Holy Live” the latter recorded in Paris, France. “Fireworks” was recorded at major UK studios Abbey Road and Power House, and produced by Chris Tsangarides. Its concept was different from their previous work, it was more focused on their heavy metal roots.

In October 2001 Angra presented their new line-up and new album “Rebirth” to the world. Again recorded in Germany, but this time produced by Dennis Ward, the album's title was self-explanatory! Both the record and the new line-up's live work received unanimous worldwide acclaim. Following the success of “Rebirth” both Angra, the band, and Kiko, the guitarist, garnered many rewards from numerous Brazilian and Japanese publications. In the same year Kiko released another instructional video, this one his first of many on DVD for Japanese publication Young Guitar.

In May 2002 a “Rebirth” songbook was published, the first hard rock publication of its genre in Brasil! It has since been distributed around the world.

The mini-album “Hunters and Prey”, once again produced by Dennis Ward, was issued around the same time. It included eight songs and a multimedia track. During the supporting tour Angra performed a major tour in Asia.

2003 saw the worldwide release of “Rebirth World Tour – Live in Sao Paulo” DVD and double CD.

At the same time Kiko released two more instructional DVDs “Técnica e Versatilidade” and “Os Melhores Riffs e Solos do Angra”. Both videos show the guitarist at his best, in a clear and easy-to-learn way, with many tips and advice to enrich the musical repertoire of any guitarist.

September 2004 saw the release of Angra's highly-anticipated concept work “Temple of Shadows”. The musicians are at their technical and creative best. Once again produced by Dennis Ward, the album features Brazilian musician/composer Milton Nascimento on the track “Late Redemption”.

During his live work with ANGRA Kiko always found time to highlight his musicianship by giving guitar clinics or workshops around the world. His debut solo album “No Gravity” was recorded in Germany, once again produced by Dennis Ward. Kiko plays all instruments on the thirteen instrumental tracks except drums, handled by Mike Terrana. “No Gravity” had a worldwide release in 2005. Both a “No Gravity” songbook and a playback CD were also issued and are highly sought-after by musicians and fans alike.

Kiko's talent is increasingly recognized around the world and companies such as Tagima guitars, ESP guitars, Laney amps, Sparflex cables, D'Addario strings, Zoom effects, Morley wah and Seymour Duncan pickups have associated their name to his and also released signature models under Kiko’s specifications.

Kiko has also featured on the cover of music publications from South America to Japan to Europe, too numerous to mention!

2006 saw the almost simultaneous release of Angra's latest opus “Aurora Consurgens”, yet another concept album, and Kiko's solo work “Universo Inverso”. This second solo album took an entirely different direction from the first one. Kiko is joined by three respected Brasilian and Cuban musicians for an innovative ten tracks of Latin Jazz instrumental music. Whereas this new direction may have surprised some of Angra's and Kiko's diehard metal fans, it has received positive critical acclaim worldwide and only serves to consolidate his musical ability and creative versatility!

In 2009 Kiko released his acclaimed third solo album. Released all around the world, “Fullblast” features Mike Terrana on drums and Felipe Andreoli on bass. At the same period Angra and Sepultura did a Brazilian Metal celebration tour in many different Brazilian Cities.

In 2010 Rock House, the leader in music instruction, announced the release of a new 2-set instructional DVD Creative Fusion, Beyond Pentatonics & Power Chord featuring Brazilian guitar virtuoso.

Kiko Loureiro is currently at Norcal Studios in Sao Paulo, to record the new Angra's album.

For more news : Kiko Loureiro site officiel