José Maria Braga . music director
José Maria Braga is a flute player and has graduated from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) as a Conductor with a Masters degree in Music Studies at the Brazilian Conservatory of Music. He was an Assistant Director for the ProArte Music Seminars from 1992 to 1994 and conducted UFRJ Health Science Center´s choir from 1995 to 1997.
José Braga has traveled all over Brazil and abroad developing workshops and performing as an instrumentalist. He has also directed the Gama Filho University (UGF) choir and in 2003 and 2004, social projects sponsored by public resources and funds from the World Bank and Aplauso Magazine, which resulted in musical performances. Since 1999, he has been the Director of Villa-Lobos Music School and in 2007 released his eighth CD with the group he founded, Galo Preto. In the same year, the group celebrated their 30 years of activities at the Sala Cecilia Meireles.
José Braga developed music scores for several plays such as: Bicho Esquisito, Tem Rei Lá Fora and Ponto e Vírgula, directed by Lucia Coelho; Buddha, with Clarice Niskier, directed by Domingos de Oliveira and Um Ato para Clarice, by Clarice Lispector, directed by Eduardo Wotzik.In 2007 he was also responsible for the musical direction and original score for the play “Um boêmio no Céu”, directed by Amir Haddad. He has also created The Immoral Soul`s original score.