About Rose Max
Born in Rio de Janeiro, capital of bossa nova, Rose is the great-grand daughter of the conductor Cupertino de Menezes and granddaughter of the guitar player Manuel de Menezes, both legends of early Brazilian music.
At a very early age Rose realized she had the gift of singing. Everyone from her mother’s side was a musician. Her great grandfather, Cupertino Menezes, was a composer, flutist, and a band member of a “choro” group led by Callado Junior and Chiquinha Gonzaga, two of the most prominent musicians from this era. Her grandfather Manuel de Menezes was also a composer and guitar player. Manuel was partner – in music, adventures and “Bohemia – of the most important Brazilian composer in the early 30’s – Noel Rosa.
She started singing professionally with the OCTETO RIO ORCHESTRA performing jn the musically wealthy nightclub scene of Rio. She studied vocal technique with Graciela di Salerno, Nancy Miranda and Suely Mesquita. She also studied theory and ear training at the Instituto Vila Lobos and Centro de Instrução Musical Ian Guest.
Rose graduated with a degree in Portuguese and Literature from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. As a student, she was involved in various theatrical productions with the group “A QUEM INTERESSA.”
Rose Max performed extensively as a soloist with the vocal group AEQUALE under the direction of acclaimed-musical director ANDRÉ PROTÁSIO. Gaining interest and respect locally, she started working with a number of different bands. One of her best experiences was performing at “CLUBE DO SAMBA” (Samba Club) where she had a chance to learn with some of the big names of Brazilian music, such as Maestro Licinho, Neco, Antonio Carlos Tourinho, João Nogueira, and Roberto Ribeiro. She also started working as a session singer, recording jingles and background vocals, which led to the opportunity of backing up some of Brazil’ s most renowned singers.
Rose moved to Miami in October of 1993, where she has been continuing to grow and develop musically, and by keeping a constant performance schedule, she has become highly recognized in the Brazilian, Hispanic and American communities. She won theBRAZILIAN PRESS AWARD for the “Best Female Brazilian Singer Residing and Performing in the USA” in 1997, 1998 and 2001.
Her first solo CD – “Rose Max – Brazilian Jazz” – was released in October of 2002 at Porcão Miami among fans, friends and celebrities of the Brazilian, Hispanic and American community. The CD features Brazilian classics (Bossa Nova & Samba) and was directed and produced by RAMATIS MORAES and mixed and mastered by PAULO BETHENCOURT.
Also a Rio native, Ramatis Moraes began classical guitar studies at the age of seven. At the age of twelve he began performing professionally at local bars and nightclubs. Pretty soon, he found himself backing up the biggest names in Brazilian popular music including Roberto Menescal, Johny Alf, Peri Ribeiro, Maria Creuza, Claudia Telles, Elizete Cardoso, João Nogueira, Roberto Ribeiro, Jovelina Pérola Negra, João de Aquino, Marcus Moura, Moreira da Silva, Golden Boys, Tim Maia and many others.
Ramatis studied music at the Estácio de Sá University and was later tutored by the legendary Maestro Aristides Santos. Ramatis is considered one of today’s biggest bossa nova guitarists/bassists in the US and has been living in Miami for the past 10 years, playing Brazilian popular music, Brazilian jazz, electronic music and bossa-nova at the most prestigious local venues (Van Dyke, Jazid, Hemisphere Lounge, Flute, Jade, Favela Chic, etc.).
He is also a successful songwriter, producer and arranger, currently signed to Warner Chappell Publishing.
Miami New Times
Miami’s New Times Newspaper chose Rose Max the “Best Female Vocalist” of the year 2016 and the duo has also been voted “Best Lounge Act”.
BEST VOCALIST (FEMALE)
Speaking of love, it’s hard not to amour Rose Max when she sings, for example, “Speaking of Love” (“Falando de Amor”) or any of those Brazilian jazz standards that make us so happy we could cry. …Husband Ramatis Morães provides Max’s lush bed of guitar chords. Whatever the venue, everybody is in seventh heaven… She appeared out of nowhere, as goes the Toni Bellotto and Nando Reis classic “Pra Dizer Adeus” (“To Say Goodbye”), which she delivers on her recently released first CD. “You never saw me alone, you never heard me cry,” it continues. “You make it hard to imagine whether it’s too early or too late to say goodbye.” It is always both once Max has begun to sing.
BEST LOUNGE ACT
BEST LOUNGE ACT Rose Max Brazilian chanteuse Rose Max has been around for years, singing in clubs like Van Dyke Café and Jazid and frequently backed by the Don Wilner Quartet. The product of a long line of Rio de Janeiro musicians, Max moved to Miami twelve years ago, slowly becoming a familiar and welcome presence in the all too tiny local jazz scene. Her performances are perfect for chilling in a South Beach lounge while nursing a potent caipirinha. Max somehow manages to exude both vivacity and an easy earthiness in a wide range of styles, including bossa nova and samba.
A bird can’t fly without wings. Rose Max can’t live without singing
I am thankful to God for the gift of singing! I want my voice to touch the hearts of those who listen to my singing.