Jaques Morelenbaum, cellist, arranger and musical director, is a central figure in Brazilian music. He was the artistic partner of Caetano Veloso for fourteen years in a formidable period which saw the recording of CDs as diverse as Circulado, Fina Estampa, Livro and A Foreign Sound. He won a Grammy award with Tom Jobim and toured the world with Egberto Gismonti.
His works are innumerable, and range from collaborations with Brazilian artists Marisa Monte, Gal Costa, Gilberto Gil and Carlinhos Brown, to those with famous musicians from the international scene such as Sting -for whom he played the cello in the DVD All This Time-, Cesaria Evora, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Henri Salvador, David Byrne, Omar Sosa and Bill Frisell.
He has also written music for films (Central Station, which received the Sharp Award for Best Soundtrack, and Tieta of Agreste) and directed four major symphony orchestras in Brazil. A fervent admirer of Astor Piazzolla, he also released the album Piazzollando.