Born in 1937, Roberto Menescal, is an important contributor to many forms of Brazilian music and was one of the fore runners of the Bossa Nova movement . In 1958 along with Carlos Lyra he opened a guitar school in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro which had the likes of Nara Leão on its books. In 1962, he participated in the historic Bossa Nova Festival in New York with Tom Jobim, Carlos Lyra, and others, interpreting “O Barquinho” in one of his few performances as a singer. Menescal’s career has seen him work with many great artistes whether as a producer or as an instrumentalist.
1965 The Boy from Ipanema Beach(Kapp)
1966 Soul Beat Brazil- The New Rhythms of Menescal(Kapp)
1970 No Teatro Da Praia(Phillips)
1993 Rio ( with Paul Winter and Luiz Bonfa)(Sony)
2001 Brasilidade (with Bossacucanova)(Ziriguiboom)