(Me, Escova - Maurício Jorge Simas -, Mojanga(d), Toninho - Brazil 1990)
(With father Endo Montero - Brazil 1995)
photo: Vanderlei Soares
Copyright © Roberto Montero. All rights reserved.
The Short Story
Born in Brazil and living in Los Angeles for about 20 years,
I have performed with Grammy Award winner Sergio Mendes at
the Blue Note in Japan, in Morocco and across the United States,
with Latin Grammy nominated Brazilian singer Baby Consuelo,
with four-time Grammy nominated Tiziano Ferro, among others.
Have been working at LACM - Los Angeles College of music -
for over 17 years now.
Recently performed on the final of NBC "The Voice" with
singer/songwriter Luis Fonsi, worked on the soundtrack of
a Walt Disney "Mickey Mouse" cartoon, on the soundtrack of
Century Fox movie "Rio2" and for the 4th consecutive year at
The Governor's Award - Honorary Oscars.
A few wonderful artists with whom I have performed and/or recorded include Dorian Holley, Rickey Minor, Rique pantoja, Arnold McCuller, Abraham Laboriel, Catina De Luna & Otmaro Ruiz, Maestro Laércio De Freitas, Bridgett Briandt, Gary Taylor, John Pisano, Cathy Segal-Garcia, Lynne Fidmont, Sergio Vigilato, Lynda Reed, Mike Shapiro, Frank Zottoli, Enzo Todesco, Octavio Baily, Philip Bynoe, Cristiano Novelli, Jon Pinthof, Robert Kyle, Jon Leftwich, Munyungo Jackson, Michael Harris, Andy Egbe, Judith Hill & more.
The Long Story
Born in the state of Rio Grande do Sul - south Brazil - and raised in the states of Paraná and Santa Catarina.
My mother, Irene Bertoli, was an outstanding
painter and a great listener for those times
when I would sit in the kitchen playing the
same song over and over.
My father, Endo Montero, an accomplished
musician in Brazil, taught me the most
important music lesson (and I'm still trying
to learn that): "Play it with your heart".
There were always musicians and music playing
in our house, I would watch and listen.
Even though I was surrounded by traditional Brazilian and classical music, oddly enough, it was the rock band AC/DC and their album “Back in Black” that gave me the passion to seriously dedicate myself to the guitar at the age of fifteen. Joining my brother Endo Luiz Montero, the band “Voodoo” became our first rock group. Learning and playing everything by ear, it was truly a magical time.
Shortly after that, in addition to playing Rock & Pop, I started learning and playing Classical, Brazilian music and jazz.
While working and performing in Brazil for the next few years, I was responsible for over 100 radio and television jingles as a studio composer, arranger and performer.
Coming to United States I graduated at The Los Angeles Music Academy where I studied with guitar visionary Frank Gambale, as well as Bill Fowler, Jean-Marc Belkadi, Linda Taylor, Joe Basu and Jeff Richman.
Landed an audition for Sergio Mendes’ Brazil 2001 and performed as a member of his group from the Blue Note in Tokyo, Japan to the Moroccan Royal House in Morocco and across the United States.
Have also performed with Luis Fonsi at NBC's "The Voice", Latin Grammy nominated Brazilian pop star Baby Consuelo (Baby Do Brasil) and with four-time Grammy nominated European MTV Award’s Best Italian Artist, Tiziano Ferro.
Have been Musical Director for 10 years now,
for singer/songwriter Dorian Holley's Band
(vocal director for Michael Jackson’s “This Is It”
tour and vocal coach for “American Idol”).
Have been working at LACM - Los Angeles College
Of Music - for over 17 years now.
Recently worked on part of the soundtrack of
Century Fox movie "Rio2" (sequel to the Grammy
Nominated "Rio"), for film composer John Powell
and Sergio Mendes.
Other performances and/or recording credits include:
In United States: Rickey Minor, Montero & Novelli Duo
with drummer/percussionist Cristiano Novelli, Rique Pantoja Group, Gary Taylor, Maestro Laércio De Freitas, Arnold McCuller, Bridgett Briant, Catina De Luna, Otmaro Ruiz, Will Weaton, John Pisano, Lynne Fiddmont, Sergio Vigilato, Philip Bynoe, Jose Marino, Munyungo Jackson, Cathy Segal-Garcia, Michael Harris, Octavio Bailey, Frank Zottoli, Enzo Todesco, Joanna St. Clair, Mike Shapiro, Judith Hill, Leo Costa, Robert Kyle, Andy Egbe.
In Brazil ("Cheers" to our friendship and all those wonderful moments!!): Louise Lucena, Peninha, Arnou De Mello, Carlos Niehues, Camarão (“Marcio”), Mauricio Jorge Simas (“Escova”), Leandro Amaral (GTR studios), Ricardo Dettmer, Saulo Sousa De Oliveira, Cezinha (“Geddy Lee”), Valtinho, Alexandre Ravagnanni (“Luquinhas”), Toninho, Sergio Carvalho, Sergio Pasetti, Fernando Bitencourt (Baixista), Dalton Xavier (Daltinho), Robson Dias Magrão, Rubens Azevedo, Evandro Hasse, Picolé, Giovani Rocha, Celso Peixoto, Mojanga, Fábio (singer), Mário (guitar), Giovanni Sagaz and Wilian Goe.
Thanks to Yamaha guitars, Godin guitars, Whirlwind connectors, Rocktron and Egnater Amps for their support!