As a pianist, composer, and musical producer and arranger, music has always been a part of Hamleto Stamato Junior’s life. His dad, also named Hamleto, was a brilliant saxophonist and flautist, who was part of Hermeto Pascoal’s and Martinho da Vila’s bands in the 1970s.
Born in Bebedouro (SP) on 04/02/1968, Hamleto started playing the piano as a 6-year-old in São Paulo. When his father passed away, he returned to Bebedouro, where he studied at the Music Conservatory, from 11 to 13 years old. At 16, he moved to Rio de Janeiro, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music through the Universidade Estácio de Sá, later taking a professional course with performer Sônia Maria Vieira and a harmony and arrangement course with conductor Vittor Santos.
Hamleto has been a professional musician since 1988. In 2016, he moved to Europe. In 2018, he turned 50 and also celebrated the 30-year anniversary of his professional music career.
Hamleto has played with Claudia Telles, Marisa Gata Mansa, Tim Maia, Danilo Caymmi. He toured Venezuela, Spain, Sweden and Denmark with Rosa Passos; Europe and Japan with Leny Andrade; and Sweden and Denmark with trombonist Raul de Souza, playing at different venues and jazz festivals.
In 1995, he performed in Moscow, with Bossa Nova trio “Fogueira Três” and at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. In 1997, he joined Paulinho Trompete’s band at the Free Jazz Festival.
In 2000, Hamleto played the Queen’s Theater in New York, together with Robertinho Silva and Ney Conceição. They also performed live in France, during the 1998 World Cup and in Brasília, in 2000.
From 1995 to 2009, Hamleto signed many TV productions for Brazilian broadcaster TV Globo, such as Criança Esperança and Brasil 500 anos, together with PH Castanheira, under their recording label BrPlus. The shows were broadcasted to the whole of Brazil and other Latin American countries. From 2006 to 2008, Hamleto was the musical producer and arranger of Fama 4 and Estação Globo. One of Hamleto’s pieces, Tema da Academia, was part of the “Andando nas Nuvens” soundtrack, a soap opera from the same broadcaster.
In 2003, he released his first solo album, Speed Samba Jazz, that was well acclaimed by critics, leading to the formation of his trio that recorded the series of five albums. Speed Samba Jazz 2 featured Hermeto Pascoal and Speed Samba Jazz 3 was nominated for a Tim Award, in 2007, for best instrumental group.
In 2009, sponsored by Banco BMG, he recorded his first DVD, Gafieira Jazz, a live concert at the Pólo Cine Vídeo in Rio de Janeiro. With this work, Hamleto went on an European and East European tour in 2011, for a month, where he performed 18 concerts in eight countries (France, Germany, Poland, Estonia, Croatia, Serbia, Latvia, and Lithuania), alternating between jazz festivals and clubs.
In 2016, Hamleto released the album Tributo a Mileto, whose songs were composed by his father and recorded in a cassette tape in the 1970s. They were later digitised, allowing for the interactions between the recorded songs and Hamleto’s arrangements for piano, string quartet and other special features.
In 2018, he released his most recent album “Ponte Aérea”, through Fina Flor.