“For the first time in Brazilian history, a Brazilian Blues Harp Player records three Albums in a row in the land of the blues”
Ivan Marcio is responsible for quite an achievement: in 6 years he recorded three albums in Chicago with great Masters.
He is the first Brazilian blues player to have this privilege.
Of course, it was nothing by chance. The Chicago Blues Sessions Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 productions took perseverance and a long road of hard work and dedication; Ivan Marcio is not lacking.
At these times, having good contacts makes the difference. In the first work Ivan had the partnership of Drummer Merle Perkins who was in Brazil in 2006, playing with Guitarist Eddy Clearwater (RIP) in Rio das Ostras Jazz and Blues.
The friendship was consolidated and the project to produce a record in the USA also.
In 2008 at Blues Mecca, it was almost thirty days playing in bars and in the most famous Blues Festival in the World, the Chicago Blues Festival, where he repeated this in 2010 and 2012.
The second time, he managed to consolidate more contacts and play more and more alongside big names and the second album came in partnership with Jon McDonald, guitarist who accompanied Magic Slim (R.I.P) for over 15 years. In addition, he managed to get Jon to co-produce and sing on the acoustic CD.
The Chicago Sessions have different footprints. The first, with a band of experienced musicians who played with big names like Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Willie Dixon and James Cotton - Michael Coleman and Michael Morrison - is all hand-picked classics: Need My Baby (Big Walter Horton ), Help Me (Sonny Boy Willianson), Blues With A Feeling (Little Walter), Messin 'With The Kid (Junior Welles), as well as GABI's Shuffle, written by him.
The two are also packed with classics, but the choice was a double, with Jon McDonald singing on the tracks Key To The Highway, For Women In My Life, Come Back Baby, Little Red Rooster and Walking By Myself.
In 2012 Ivan Marcio returned to Chicago and recorded Brazilian Blues Bash also with the participation of Merle Perkins in the Drums and Jon Mcdonald with vocals and guitar.
The year 2014 begins with the album Goin 'To Delta where Ivan Marcio produces and reveres the great masters of the Delta Blues with his musical partner Roger Gutierrez playing Dobro and Guitar.
Harvesting great fruits, the Bluesy Duo from Brasil released the album Blues From The Basement in 2016 with the participation of great musicians from São Paulo scene such as Marcos Klis, Humberto Zigler and André Youssef.
Following the more traditional line and this time Swing or Jump Blues launch the work in Trio with Marcos Klis in the Acoustic Bass entitled Triple Dealin 'Live At Space Blues Studios with just 1 take recorded great themes in the renowned São Paulo studio with the Mixing and Mastering Alexandre Fontanetti who won in 2018 Latin Grammy as a sound engineer in the album of the National Rock Singer Nando Reis.
Through an invitation by the singer and composer Bezão Folkeando to record his authorial work and with some presentations together, Ivan Marcio is invited to the world of Folk music becoming a member of Grupo Folk na Kombi.
With them he participated in memorable Festivals and Shows, and works in audio and video (A Music Film and Live at Ibirapuera Auditorium). Also as a harmonica player, he is a member of the band of singer and composer Renato Godá.
About Ivan Marcio
Ivan Marcio started his career very early playing in small bars in the ABC of São Paulo, and at the age of 18 he had a short stint at the São Caetano do Sul Arts Foundation where he studied Harmony / Theory, inserting his knowledge into the harmonica. Educator, also acts as technical consultant and harmonica teacher for students from all over the world; conducting workshops and specific training both technical and musical experience.
During 26 years of career he has played in several festivals throughout Brazil and abroad, being a reference for young musicians in the World
“REALLY NICE SMOKIN’ BLUES HARP AND SINGER WITH A TIGHT CHICAGO BLUES BAND. ANYBODY THAT LIKES BLUES HARP WILL WANT TO HEAR HIM ”
(Charlie Musselwhite, harmonica player and Grammy winner as best Blues record and instrumentalist)