Bijoux Barbosa
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Eduardo Da Silva "Bijoux" Barbosa was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He started music theory studies at a very early age and began playing mainly with jazz fusion-oriented bands, contributing to a large number of original works. While in Brazil he performed with well known national acts such as Sonia Abreu, Tomas Marsh, BNMC, and his own jazz fusion quartet, Quarteto Concreto. He also participated in many recording sessions and taught at the Bass Institute of Technology in Brazil from 1989 through 1991.

In 1991, Barbosa moved to Caracas, Venezuela and began working with the very popular Brazilian band, Cafe Brasil. While there, he studied Latin music, Afro-Cuban and Caribbean rhythms, and he studied Contra bass with renowned Nestor Perez. He played with many national artists in Venezuela, including Luz Marina, Maria Rivas, Alicia Plaza.

In 1997 he moved to Denver where he works as a freelance jazz musician and participates in master classes at many Colorado universities. He is one of the top studio session bassists in the area with thousands of hours of recording experience on both electric basses and acoustic upright bass. He has performed for over four years with his own jazz trio and is also an innovator playing seven string electric basses, both with frets and fretless.

Barbosa has performed with such musicians as Dave Grusin, Don Grusin, Herbie Mann, Nelson Rangel, Dave Amran, Russell Ferrante, Ron Miles, Hazel Miller, Oscar Castro Neves, Kevin Lettau, Michael Shappiro, Chuck Loeb, and others. He has also performed at many national festivals, as well as festivals in Brazil, Venezuela, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and several Caribbean islands.