Born in Rio de Janeiro, Ricardo Silveira grew up listening to the music of his native country: bossa nova, samba and, of course, the steamy rhythms of Carnival. His early musical favorites were Brazilian guitarists Baden Powell and Joao Gilberto. He was intrigued by Jimi Hendrix and later became influenced by Wes Montgomery and George Benson.
Following high school, Silveira left his native Brazil and spent two years studying in the Berklee College of Music. After several years in New York playing with Herbie Mann, Silveira returned to Brazil to further explore the music of his home culture and became one of Rio's most requested studio musicians. He recorded hundreds of projects with Brazil's most respected artists and toured with Elis Regina, Hermeto Pascoal, Gilberto Gil, and Milton Nascimento. He co-wrote and arranged the Brazilian standard, "Portal da Cor," with Nascimento. Between stints with Gil and Nascimento, he recorded his first solo album, ”Good to Play.” His international recording career was launched in the U.S., where he was the first artist signed to Polygram's new Verve Forecast label. Over the past several years, Sillveira has recorded “Long Distance,” “Sky Light,” “Amazon Secrets,” and “Small World.” “Small World” was his third straight release to reach # 1 on the national NAC and jazz radio charts. In addition to his Verve Forecast records, “Storyteller” was released in 1995 on Kokopelli records.