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Pesquisando a viola caipira há mais de quinze anos, e com experiência nacional e em palcos de Portugal, Espanha, México, Inglaterra e Estados Unidos, o músico, arranjador e compositor João Paulo Amaral se destaca por propor novos caminhos musicais para a centenária viola caipira. Sobre seu trabalho, escreveram Paulo Bellinati “…além das cores e matizes regionais bem delineados, descobrimos uma viola do futuro” e Ulisses Rocha “A música pode ser bonita, difícil, interessante, e muitas outras coisas. Nas mãos do João Paulo, a música é arte!”.

Seu contato com a música caipira originou-se quando, ainda criança, acompanhava seu pai nas cantorias em Mogi das Cruzes – SP, sua cidade natal, e nas pescarias de férias no sul Minas Gerais. Pós-graduado pela Unicamp, foi pioneiro ao defender o primeiro mestrado em música sobre a viola caipira do país, com pesquisa sobre o lendário violeiro Tião Carreiro. É professor de viola caipira da Faculdade Cantareira(desde 2009) e EMESP Tom Jobim (desde 2005), autor do método de viola utilizado no projeto Guri e do livro/CD“Viola Caipira – arranjos instrumentais de musicas tradicionais”, vencedor do prêmio Ney Mesquita. Desde 2002, participa de festivais e ministra oficinas, workshops e seminários de viola e música caipira por todo país e exterior. Em 2010, com seu trio formado por Alberto Luccas (baixo acústico) e Cléber Almeida (bateria e percussão), lançou o CD “Viola Brasileira”(Cooperativa/Tratore) disco pré-selecionado no 22o Prêmio da Música Brasileira e elogiado pela crítica. Junto a Andrea dos Guimarães (voz) e Daniel Muller (piano e acordeom) formou em 2002 o Conversa Ribeira, elogiado grupo que recria a música caipira com o qual recebeu prêmios e que atualmente chega ao seu 3o CD. Em 2014, lançou o álbum “Cordal” em duo com o músico Almir Côrtes combinando viola, violão, bandolim e guitarra, projeto apresentado em turnê em abril de 2015 nos EUA e lançado no Instrumental Sesc Brasil. Em 2016 participou e assinou os arranjos e direção musical de “Açoite”, 4o CD de sua irmã, a cantora Juliana Amaral, com quem trabalha desde 2003. Integrante de importantes grupos no cenário da viola como o Trio Carapiá e Orquestra Filarmônica de Violas (sob sua direção desde 2011), participou de mais de vinte CDs, além de trabalhar com nomes como Renato Teixeira, Robertinho Silva, Natan Marques, Guinga, Luis Felipe Gama e Ana Luiza, Mônica Salmaso, Renato Braz, Toninho Ferragutti, Nailor Proveta, Ivan Vilela, Neymar Dias, Paulo Freire, Ricardo Herz, Paulo Braga, Weber Lopes, Ricardo Matsuda, Isa Taube, Consuelo de Paula, Jean Garfunkel, Wolf Borges, Harvey Wainapel, Jovino Santos Neto, Fábio Presgrave, Rodrigo Digão Braz, Gustavo Bugni, Orquestra Municipal de Jundiaí, Orquestra Sinfônica de Sorocaba, entre outros

Researching the brazilian ten string guitar (viola caipira or just viola) for over fifteen years, with internacional experience on stages in Portugal, Spain, Mexico, England and USA, the musician, arranger and composer João Paulo Amaral stands out for proposing new ways to play this historic instrument. He encompasses the traditional música caipira (traditional Brazilian countryside music) and other Brazilian rhythms to broader musical universes like jazz and the classics. 
Reviews of his work were written by two of the most important Brazilian classical guitar players:
Ulisses Rocha: “Music can be beautiful, difficult, interesting, and a lot more. In João Paulo’s hands, music is art!”
Paulo Bellintani: “Bliss, that is what I felt when listening to this wonderful work of João Paulo Amaral. It is awesome to appreciate this talented Brazilian ten string guitar player and composer. Above all we have to recognize his dedication to instrumental music. Despite its Portuguese origin the Brazilian ten string guitar is the musical instrument which better represents countryside Brazil, its forests, rivers, waterfalls, birds and all the other natural beauties of our country. In this record “Viola Brasileira”, besides the very well defined regional colors and nuances, we have discovered a future Brazilian ten string guitar, utterly harmonized with the jazz related bass and drums, those instruments that compound the traditional jazz trio together with the piano, whereas here with the “viola”, they bespeak new musical roads and deeply enrich the Brazilian music. Congratulations João Paulo, long live your album!”
His rapport with the traditional música caipira, comes from his childhood when he followed his father in fishing and singing trips on São Paulo and Minas Gerais States. This contact with the música caipira roots helped in shaping him as an authentic viola caipira expert. As a post graduate by Unicamp (University of Campinas), he was the first to obtain a master’s degree in Music about the viola, based on his research on the legendary Brazilian ten string guitar player Tião Carreiro. As Professor, he teaches at Cantareira College and EMESP Tom Jobim. He’s the author of the Brazilian ten string guitar method used in the “Guri” music education project and the book/CD “Viola Caipira – arranjos instrumentais de músicas tradicionais” (Brazilian ten string guitar – instrumental arrangements of tradicional music), winner of the Ney Mesquita Award. Since 2002, he also participates in music festivals and teaches workshops and seminars about the Brazilian ten string guitar, through the entire country and abroad.
Since 2001, João Paulo Amaral plays solo concerts and after 2009, also with his trio formed by Alberto Lucas (acoustic bass) and Cléber Almeida (drums and percussion). In 2010 the trio released the album “Viola Brasileira” (Cooperativa/Tratore), a record pre selected to the 22º Brazilian Music Award and praized by the critics.
In a partnership with the singer Andrea dos Guimarães and the pianist Daniel Muller, he founded in 2002 the Conversa Ribeira, award-winning  group with tree albums that recreates the música caipira.
In 2014, João Paulo Amaral released the album “Cordal”  in a collaboration with the musician Almir Côrtes, which combined brazilian ten string guitar, classical guitar, mandolim and eletric guitar, and was performed on april 2015, on a tour in the USA, and released in the Instrumental Sesc Brasil.
In 2016, was the musical producer, arranger and guitar player on “Açoite”, the fourth album of his sister, singer Juliana Amaral, with whom he has worked with since 2003.
Member of important musical groups in the brazilian ten string guitar scenario, such as Trio Carapiá and Orquestra Filarmônica de Violas (which is under his direction since 2011), participated on over twenty CDs, besides working with relevant names, like Renato Teixeira, Robertinho Silva, Natan Marques, Guinga, Luis Felipe Gama e Ana Luiza, Mônica Salmaso, Renato Braz, Toninho Ferragutti, Nailor Proveta, Ivan Vilela, Neymar Dias, Paulo Freire, Ricardo Herz, Paulo Braga, Weber Lopes, Ricardo Matsuda, Isa Taube, Consuelo de Paula, Jean Garfunkel, Wolf Borges, Harvey Wainapel, Jovino Santos Neto, Fábio Presgrave, Rodrigo Digão Braz, Gustavo Bugni, Orquestra Municipal de Jundiaí, Orquestra Sinfônica de Sorocaba, among others.