Flavio Lira

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Bass Guitar, Music Theory, Improvisation
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Flavio Lira, from Curitiba - Brazil, is a versatile musician, he plays acoustic and electric bass, 7 string acoustic guitar and also works as a composer, arranger and producer. He works with groups in a wide variety of musical styles such as samba, caribbean music, choro and jazz.

In Jan/15 he recorded his EP, ChoroBass, in which he explores the electric bass in the Brazilian style. Currently based in Boston-USA, Flavio Lira is currently attending Berklee College of Music with a scholarship in the Bass Performance major and performing throughout the country and also internationally.

His recent performances include the Blue Note NYC, Beantown Jazz Festival in Boston, Cambridge Jazz Festival and others. In 2015/2016, he has toured internationally in Japan, China and Taiwan. 

I love teaching the concepts and letting the student develop their own way from them. Also, we practice songs and transcriptions which are always important to learn the language of each style.

Academic background


Graduated Berklee College of Music in the Bass Performance Diploma program.

Bachelor in Music - Music Production from Parana Federal University - Brazil


Professional activities


Acoustic and electric bassist and guitarist, composer and arranger.

Versatile musician, Flavio Lira has played with groups from many different styles, such as samba, afro-caribbean music, choro, classical music, jazz, pop and r&b.


Records as a leader


In Jan/15 he recorded his EP, ChoroBass, in which he explores the electric bass in the Brazilian style.

In Dec/16 he started recording his full-length album to be released in Apr/2017.


Most recent highlights



In Jun/16, after just recently graduating in May, he was hired as a faculty for the Berklee Victor Wooten Summer Bass Workshop, where he taught for a weekend.

Played in the Heineken Jazz Festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico with the Eguie Castrillo Group in March.

In August Flavio went to Taiwan to play in the Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival as part of the rhythm section, where he played with Howard Levy and other great harmonica players.

Also in Taiwan he produced the record of Taiwanese singer Aivee Hsu, to be released this year.

Taught Bass and Brazilian music workshops in Taipei, Taiwan on Rhythm Alley, a Berklee affiliated music school.

Recorded album of Boston based pianist Joel Larue, The Motorman’s Son.

Performance in Scullers Jazz Club in Boston with Women of the World.

Performance in Regatta Bar in Cambridge-MA with Eguie Castrillo and Mar del Norte.

Played with Roberto Blades (Ruben Blades younger brother) in Lawrence-MA.



Taught in the 1st International Music Festival in Amazonia, in the city of Santarem in the north fo Brazil, teaching bass and ensemble workshops for a week.

Represented Berklee in a talk about the institution and the admissions process.

With Franky Rodriguez y Homenaje a la Salsa, performed with several salsa artists that travel to the New England area to perform, such as Wilmer Lozano, Luisito Carrion, Adalberto Santiago, Ray de La Paz and others.

Played in Blue Note Jazz Club with ChoroBop.

With Women of the World did a one month long tour over Japan and China, visiting 15 cities with 18 performances.

Played in several jazz festivals in the Boston area such as Cambridge Jazz Festival, Beantown Jazz Festival, Hyde Park Jazz Festival and others.



Played the tour of brazilian samba singer Dudu Nobre through the northern east coast, with shows in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Played the tour of brazilian samba singer Leandro Lehart in New Jersey and Massachussetts.

Presented, along with Eduardo Mercuri, Julio Santos and Anne Santos, the clinic The Fundamentals of Samba, lecturing about the samba rhythm for the Berklee College of Music community.

Performed the show Bassin' the Choro as a leader, playing a repertoire based in Brazilian Choro.



Two concerts in Ibirapuera Auditorium, in São Paulo, with the Familia Lovborgs show, under the direction of Andre Abujamra.

Production and recording of the 2nd album of the cuban music band El Merekumbé, with 5 arrangements and full production.

Reviews of lessons with Flavio Lira

Agreeable, knowledgable, understanding, to the point
Kerem Koseoglu
November 3rd, 2017