B i o g r a p h y
Cassio Vianna is a composer, pianist, arranger, and educator whose work reflects the broad range of musical and cultural influences he has received during his years of training. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Vianna started his music studies in classical music, while developing his skills as a composer and interpreter of popular music and Brazilian jazz. Between 1993 and 1995, Vianna studied under Hungarian teacher Ian Guest, who had a great impact on his decision to pursue a career as a composer.
After this period, Vianna engaged in several recording and performing projects in the Rio de Janeiro music scene, which included a successful career with the Brazilian jazz trio Dialeto Brasileiro.
Cassio Vianna holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Brazilian Popular Music from Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, a Master of Music degree in Contemporary Music from Western Oregon University, and a Doctor of Arts degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Northern Colorado, where he studied with David Caffey.
Vianna won the 2015-2016 Ithaca College Jazz Ensemble Composition Contest and the 2016 National Band Association Jazz Composition Competition.
Vianna’s arrangements have been performed by artists such as Ernie Watts, Chris Potter, Martha Reeves, Lynn Anderson, Tony Kadleck, Danny Gottlieb, Armando Marçal, Chuck Owen's Jazz Surge Band, Clay Jenkins, and the United States Army Field Band (Jazz Ambassadors), among others.
Vianna's compositional styles range from popular music and Brazilian jazz to classical chamber pieces and works for large jazz ensembles. His most recent albums include Letters to Grace: a Song Cycle (2011, Teal Creek Music), and Infância (2017, Teal Creek Music).
The album Infância features Vianna's recent works for jazz orchestra, including a Brazilian Suite in Three Movements for Jazz Orchestra. Cassio Vianna's jazz big band works are published by UNC Jazz Press.
Vianna's piece "Baião Moderno" was awarded Outstanding New Instrumental Composition (large jazz ensemble) at the International Jazz Composers' Symposium, in Tampa, FL, 2017.
Over the past 15 years, Vianna has been featured as an adjudicator, performer, and clinician at jazz festivals and conferences in the U.S., Brazil, Paraguay, and China. In 2016, he traveled to China to perform and to teach a 2-week program at the Guangxi Arts Institute in the Nanning Provence. In recent years, he has presented clinics and lectures at the Jazz Education Network Annual Conferences, the Midwest Clinic, International Composers' Symposium, NAfME Northwest Conference, Washington Music Educators Association Conference. Vianna is also a very active clinician with high school and college bands.
Cassio Vianna lives with his wife Bethany and his sons Luciano, Caio, and Giovanni in Tacoma, WA, where he is the Director of Jazz Studies, Assistant Professor of Music at Pacific Lutheran University. He performs regularly as a soloist, with the PLU Regency Jazz Ensemble, with the Tom Bergeron Brasil Band,
and with the Vianna Bergeron Brazilian Quintet.
Cassio Vianna is a member of the Jazz Education Network (JEN), the International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers (ISJAC), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and the Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA). He is also a BMI composer and a voting member of the Recording Academy.