Artur Menezes (BRA/USA)

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Artur Menezes on üks kiiremini tõusvaid tähti bluusikosmoses. Artur on äärmiselt energiline, kuid samas tundlik kitarrist, kelle mängus põimuvad bluus, funk ja psühhedeelse roki elemendid Brasiilia rahvalike rütmidega, luues omanäolise kõla, mis köidab ka nooremat publikut ja on heaks tõestuseks bluusi jätkuvast elujõust ja üha uuenevast aktuaalsusest.

Los Angeleses resideeruva brasiillasena on Artur saavutanud muljetavaldava tuntuse USA bluusiringkondades, esinedes kõikjal üle riigi ning olles pälvinud nii kriitikute kui fännide poolehoiu. Hetkel töötab Artur oma viienda albumi kallal, mille produtsendiks on Josh Smith ja erikülalisena lööb kaasa Joe Bonamassa.

Mullu võitis Artur Ernie Balli poolt korraldatud konkursi peaauhinna: esinemisõiguse Eric Claptoni Crossroads kitarrifestivalil.

Aastal 2018 saavutas ta konkursil International Blues Challenge Gibson /Albert Kingi parima kitarristi preemia ja bändide üldarvestuses 3. koha.

„Menezes on digitaalajastu rõõmustav kompromiss Carlos Santana ja Rod Stewarti vahel. Tal on esimese eksootiline stiil ja viimase töökas ja maalähedane ellusuhtumine.”
(Blues Blast)

,,Artur on superstaar, kes alles ootab avastamist. Kartmatu mängija.”
(Joe Bonamassa)

,,Menezese kõla on tõeline väärtus – üliäge rokisound, mida vääristab õige kogus bluusi ettearvamatust.”
(Blues Rock Review)

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Artur Menezes is an indie artist taking the blues rock scene by storm! As a highly energetic guitarist, singer and songwriter, Artur impresses the crowds with his feeling and showmanship. Although very much influenced by blues, he crosses genres with psychedelic rock, funk and brazilian rhythms such as “baião”, creating his own voice and sound, which has been attracting younger audiences and helping to keep the blues alive.

Based in Los Angeles, the brazilian artist is making his name playing around US, promoting his latest album “Keep Pushing” (4th album) and currently working on his upcoming album produced by Josh Smith, with Joe Bonamassa as special guest.

Recently Artur won the Grand Prize in a contest promoted by Ernie Ball to perform at the Crossroads Guitar Festival.

Winner of the Gibson/Albert King Award for Best Guitarist by the Blues Foundation and 3rd place at the International Blues Challenge 2018, Artur plays the blues with expertise and respect, but also mixing with other styles.

“Menezes is a delightful digital-age cross between carlos santana and rod stewart. he’s got the spicy music style and the latter’s hardworking down-to-earth vibe.”
(Blues Blast magazine)

“Art is a superstar waiting to be discovered. Fearless player.”
(Joe Bonamassa)

“Menezes’ voice is a real asset, a great rock voice with just the right touch of bluesy imprudence.”
(Blues Rock Review)