Guitarist and composer, Caio Afiune is making a lasting impression on the US's East Coast Jazz Scene. Currently in Boston, MA, Caio has not only been performing extensively as a leader and a sideman but is part time faculty at the prestigious New England Conservatory.
He can be seen performing along jazz giants such as Jerry Bergonzi, Luciana Souza, Jaques and Paula Morelenbaum, Mark Zaleski, Phil Grenadier, and Christian Sands. Afiune has exploded onto the New York circuit after his four-night engagement with the Sands Quartet at the legendary Jazz Standard, as well as record on the front man's premiere album, "Facing Dragons." NPR reflects that "On Fight for Freedom, joined by guitarist Caio Afiune, they bring muscular poise to a melody that recalls the hard-bop heroics of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers."
His premiere album, “Prebenda,” received widespread acclaim. The title track was awarded an ASCAP Young Composer Award, and the closing track “Dido,” was not only an official finalist in the 2015 Hollywood songwriting competition, but won the 2016 Downbeat Award for best composition.
Originally from São Paulo, Afiune's compositions uniquely blend together the essence of Brazil, and his immensely deep knowledge of the North American Jazz tradition. At just age 16, he became the youngest student ever to begin his undergrad in music at Faculdade Santa Marcelina in his home city.
Upon graduation in 2011, Caio received a generous a scholarship to attend New England Conservatory and relocated to Boston. There he studied with several of his musical idols, including Jerry Bergonzi, Brad Shepik, Frank Carlberg, Jason Moran and Miguel Zenon. At NEC, Caio was part of the NEC Jazz Orchestra and shared the stage with jazz greats Dave Holland, Bob Moses, and Fred Hersch.
Since moving to the United States, has been seen performing on three continents and toured throughout North America. In 2014, Afiune was featured heavily during Panama Jazz Festival for masterclasses and performance. That same year, Caio was selected to partake in the renowned Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program under the direction of Jason Moran, bringing him to DC's Kennedy Center Stage.
Currently, Caio is recording his second album, while playing in groups such as Imagine 5, and Christian Sands Quartet.