Toninho Ferragutti é músico, compositor e arranjador. Possui 9 CDs autorais e uma extensa participação em shows e em CDs de artistas importantes no Brasil e no exterior, além de duas indicações ao Latin Grammy.
Não foram poucos os músicos que se dedicaram ao acordeon: muitos deles tornaram-se virtuosos no instrumento, além de criarem um repertório fundamental que enriqueceu a MPB. Toninho Ferragutti é um destes exemplos. Músico, compositor e arranjador, desde cedo escolheu este instrumento como ferramenta de inspiração e construção de uma bem sucedida carreira. Seus primeiros acordes nasceram em Socorro, no interior do Estado de São Paulo, sua cidade natal. Foi incentivado em casa pelo pai, Pedro Ferragutti, também músico saxofonista e compositor de valsas, choros, dobrados e marchas. O complemento dos estudos se deu nas rodas de choro, grupos de baile, grupos de música gaúcha e gafieiras, além da formação acadêmica no Conservatório Gomes Cardin, em Campinas, acrescentada de aulas particulares de acordeon com Dante D’Alonzo, e de harmonia com Claudio Leal Ferreira.
Antes de se profissionalizar, Toninho Ferragutti cursou três anos de veterinária na UNESP de Botucatu, curso que abandonou no último ano para se mudar definitivamente para São Paulo, em 1983. Este período marca o início de sua carreira como músico profissional. Apresentou-se em programas de televisão; participou de gravações de discos e gravações de trilhas para cinema e novelas; e esteve presente em shows e gravações de CDs de grande parte dos artistas da MPB como: Gilberto Gil, Edu Lobo, Antonio Nóbrega, Elba Ramalho, Mônica Salmaso, Geraldo Azevedo, Zé Ramalho, Chico Cesar, Sivuca, Dominguinhos, Oswaldinho do Acordeom, Lenine, Paulo Moura, Marisa Monte, Elza Soares, Dory Caymi, Joyce, Nelson Ayres, Nico Assunção, Hermeto Pascoal, Lenine, Elza Soares, Grupo Corpo, Mario Adnet, Proveta, Maira João e Mario Lajinha (Portugal), Seigen Ono (Japão) e Antonio Placer (França).
Atualmente tem se dedicado a fazer shows dos seus mais recentes trabalhos, sejam solo ou em parcerias, como: “Festa na Roça”, com Neymar Dias; “Comum de Dois”, com Marco Pereira; “Como manda o Figurino”, com Bebe Kramer; “O Sorriso da Manu”, com quinteto de cordas, piano clarineta e percussão; e o “Nem Sol, Nem Lua”, com quinteto de cordas. Além disso, o projeto “Grupo Luceros dança Toninho Ferragutti” vai percorrer varias cidades brasileiras em 2015 com Patrocínio da Boticário.
Atua como solista de diversas orquestras, como a Orquestra de Maria Schneider (USA), Orquestra Jazz Sinfônica de São Paulo, Orquestra Petrobrás Pró-musica, Orquestra da Câmera da Universidade da Paraíba, Orquestra Sinfônica do Recife, Orquestra Sinfônica do Teatro Nacional de Brasilia e Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo (OSESP).
Tem duas indicações ao Latin Grammy: em 2014, com disco “Festa Na Roça”, lançado em parceria com o violonista Neymar Dias, na categoria Melhor Álbum de Música de Raízes Brasileiras; e em 2000, com o CD “Sanfonemas”, na categoria Melhor Álbum de Música Regional. Seu mais recente disco solo, “O Sorriso da Manu”, esteve na lista dos 10 melhores CDs de 2012 na opinião do crítico musical Carlos Calado.
Entre os seu trabalhos mais recentes estão apresentações com Quinteto de Cordas no Festival de Música de Câmara do SESC, apresentação junto a Orquestra de Cordas de Londrina, participação no Festival Victor Salvi (Cartagena/Colômbia), shows com Liliana Herrero no Teatro Tecnópolis (Buenos Aires/Argentina), no Spoleto Jazz (Charleston/USA) em Concertgebouw (Amsterdam/Holanda), BMW Festival (São Paulo/SP), Womad Festival (New Plymouth/Nova Zelândia e Adelaide/Austrália) e Carnegie Hall com Gilberto Gil (New York/USA).
Toninho Ferragutti is a musician, composer and arranger that has extensive involvement in shows and CDs of important artists in Brazil and abroad.
One of his CDs, Sanfonemas, was nominated for the Latin Grammy in 2001 for the best regional music CD category and his latest solo CD, Nem Sol Nem Lua, was said to be among the 10 best CDs of instrumental music in 2006 by many critics. In addition to his shows with his original work, he is also playing with the Maria Schneider Orchestra (USA), Celine Rudolf (Germany), Maria Bethânia, Mônica Salmaso, Zizi Possi, Gilberto Gil, 202 Trio, Edu Ribeiro, Jovino Santos Neto and others.
There weren’t few the musicians who have dedicated themselves to the accordion. Many of them have become virtuosos in the instrument in addition to creating a fundamental repertoire that enriched MPB (Brazilian Popular Music). Toninho is one of such example. Musician, composer and arranger, he early chose this instrument as an inspiring tool and as a way to build a successful career. His first chords were born in Socorro, in the countryside of the state of Sao Paulo, his hometown. He was encouraged at home by his father, Pedro Ferragutti, also a musician (saxophonist) and composer of waltzes, “choros”, “dobrados” and marches. The complement of his studies took place in “choro” concerts, ball groups, groups of “gaucho” music and in dance halls, as well as academic formation at the Gomes Cardin Conservatory, in Campinas, added to particular classes of accordion, with Dante D’Alonzo, and harmony, with Claudio Leal Ferreira.
Before becoming professional, Toninho attended three years of Veterinary Medicine at UNESP, in Botucatu, but he abandoned his graduation in the last year to move permanently to São Paulo in 1983. This period marks the beginning of his career as a professional musician. He has performed on television shows, participated on CD recordings, cinema and soap operas soundtracks recordings and was present in concerts and CD recordings of many of the artists of MPB and some foreign artists, such as Gilberto Gil, Edu Lobo, Antonio Nobrega, Elba Ramalho, Monica Salmaso, Geraldo Azevedo, Zé Ramalho, Chico Cesar, Sivuca, Dominguinhos, Oswaldinho do Acordeon, Paulo Moura, Marisa Monte, Elza Soares, Dory Caymi, Joyce, Nelson Ayres, Nico Assunção, Hermeto Paschoal, Lenine, Elza Soares, Grupo Corpo, Mario Adnet, Maira Joao and Mario Lajinha (Portugal), Seigen Ono (Japan), Antonio Placer (France).
Toninho participated and has been participating in several symphony orchestras, like OSESP (São Paulo’s Symphony Orchestra), Petrobras Orchestra Pro-Music, Chamber Orchestra of Paraiba’s University, Recife Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Claudio Cruz, Ciro Pereira, Nelson Ayres, Wagner Tiso, Isaac Karabichevsky, João Maurício Galindo, Carlos Anísio and Osman Gioia. He is also interpreting all the work written by the composer and accordionist Sivuca for this formation.
He has also been participating in major jazz festivals in Europe and USA, with the Orchestra of the conductor and composer Maria Schneider (USA), Mônica Salmaso (Brazil), and Celine Rudolph (Germany). Toninho recorded the following CDs: – Oferenda – Eldorado, Japan 1996 – a duo with Roberto Sion – Sanfonema – Pau Brazil – 2000 – solo – nominated for the Latin Grammy 2000 – Forrobaby – MCD – 2005 – a CD for Children – Nem Sol, Nem Lua – Biscoito Fino – Accordion and Strings Quintet – nominated for the TIM Award for best instrumental music CD 2006 – Trio 202 – Azul Music – 2007 – with Nelson Ayres (piano) and Ulisses Rocha (acoustic guitar). Live at – Jazz Standard in New York, and Tom Jazz in São Paulo. The respect and admiration of friends and fellow professionals can be checked on the statements below:
“Toninho’s creative voice is simply divine – melodically, rhythmically and harmonically. I heard him in Brazil and immediately wanted him to play with my own group. Subsequently, my whole orchestra has fallen in love as he’s offered such a spirited and personal sound to the music. Tom’s a deeply gifted and creative soul.”
“Toninho brings in his accordion the synthesis of all great Brazilian accordionists and at the same time, is a singular player with his own personality and his unique sound, which practically reinvented the instrument. He is also an excellent composer, at the height of the player. His latest album “Nem Sol Nem Lua,” released recently, is the proof of that and, in my opinion, is one of the best records in this prodigal year in excellent releases. In addition to his solo career, Toninho has illuminated the CDs of many artists with his accordion.”
“The history of Toninho is noteworthy and the public needs to know his work.”
“He’s one of the best accordionists of today.”
“He’s the popular accordionist that was missing.”
Oswaldinho do Acordeon
“Toninho is one of the best accordionists of the world, because not only he plays well but also has a very good taste. He plays different styles without prejudice. What he wants is to play well.”
“Disputed almost by slaps by all artists, Toninho is the most important name of modern Brazilian accordion. He is an improvisator of amazing fluency, and as a songwriter, manages an incredible sophistication from simple ideas.”
“And Toninho, in Nem Sol, nem Lua, shows unusual sensibility in wonderful compositions and interpretations.”
Rafael Fernandes – Cultural Digestive
“Toninho reveals with his instrument the soul that identifies him. He celebrates in the accordion the expression of what he feels and turns this feelings into sounds with clear meaning, like the words. Virtuous musician, he conceives modern harmonies to his compositions. A beautiful tribute to the accordion. “
Aquiles Reis – Column of Aquiles
“The elegance of Toninho’s accordion is presented in this welcome CD “Nem Sol, Nem Lua”. The expected continuation of a work that fills the music of the country with pride and confirms the talent of our musicians. “
Beto Feitosa – Ziriguidum