Born into a musical family in Carmel, a small town in the state of Rio, the son of a Lebanese father and Italian mother. Early attended the Conservatory, studying piano.
If interested in a survey of Brazilian folk and popular music, getting to spend some time living with the Indians in the Xingu. In 1968 participated in the Festival of TV Globo with the song "The Dream", defended by three Moraes.
In V International Song Festival in 1970, competed with "The Merchant of Serpents."
At the end of the 60 went to Europe where he studied piano with renowned teacher Nadia Boulanger. Toured in Europe and launched in Brazil in 1969 the first LP, "Egberto Gismonti".
In the early 70th alternated between Brazil and Europe, recording albums here and there. From the album "Egberto Gismonti", 1973, stood a few tracks, in partnership with Geraldo Carneiro: "Tango," "Meeting at the Bar" and "Limelight."
Through the influence of crying, became interested in the different types of guitar and string instruments, and began learning the instrument, then moving to the 8-string guitar, circa 1973. By this time he also began studying various instruments, especially flutes and kalimbas.
One of the first Brazilian musicians to master synthesizer. Then concentrated his career abroad, recording albums with the award-winning Brazilian percussionist also settled out of Brazil Nana Vasconcelos ("Dance Heads", 1976), and with other instrumentalists as Charlie Haden and Jan Garbarek.
He recorded 15 albums between 1977 and 1993 for the Norwegian label ECM, ten of which were released in Brazil in 1995 by BMG. Through his label Carmo, repurchased its initial repertoire, and is one of the few Brazilian composers masters of their own collection. Recently his work has become massively recorded by other musicians. Parts of the album "Alma" in 1987, became hits, as "palhaço" and "Loro".
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