|Born on: 23.10.1971
Rafael Bittencourt (born 22 October 1971) is a Brazilian guitarist, composer and founder of the band Angra.
With a very broad formation, studied with the best guitar teachers in Brazil and other countries. In the USA, he played with a big band and in 1988 was awarded with the Louis Armstrong prize as the best solist.
He took part in many choirs and different areas of dramaturgy. In 1996 he graduated as Composer and Regent by Faculdade de Artes Santa Marcelina em São Paulo. Involved by the academic atmosphere, he formed a heavy metal band that mixed his latin routs and erudit formation, writing plays and collecting ideas for the project that later would be known as Angra.
For three years he taught Language and Musical Structuring in the School of Music and Technology and advanced guitar techniques in Souza Lima conservatory. In 2002 he was awarded as the best guitarist by european website 21stCenturyMetal and his name is always present in specialized magazines' awards for best guitarist and composer in the genre. Was a colunist os Cover Guitarra and Guitar Class magazines and colaborated with Guitar Player magazine.
Today, beyond his activities with Angra, he is a musical producer and tours Brazil having workshops on his composing style and guitar playing, managing a succesful group, studio and live performance experiences, harmony, stucture, perception and much more. He is endorsed by Peavey (electric guitar and amplifier), NIG (strings), Santo Ângelo (cables), Takamine (acoustic guitar), Onner (pedals), AKG (microphones).
AC/DC, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, Queen, Iron Maiden, Queensrÿche, Triumph, Helloween, Black Sabbath, Brian May, Tommy Iommi, Steve Morse, Angus Young, Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Blues Saraceno, Zakk Wylde, Randy Rhoads,Stratovarious.
Reaching Horizons (Demo Tape, 1992)
Angels Cry (Album, 1993)
Evil Warning (Single, 1994)
Holy Land (Album, 1996)
Make Believe (I, II, III, IV) (Single, 1996)
Freedom Call (EP, 1996)
Holy Live (Live EP, 1997)
Lisbon (Single, 1998)
Fireworks (Album, 1998)
Rainy Nights (Single, 1998)
Acid Rain (Single, 2001)
Rebirth (Album, 2001)
Rebirth World Tour - Live in São Paulo (Live, 2001)
Hunters and Prey (EP, 2002)
Temple of Shadows (Album, 2004)
Wishing Well (Single, 2004)
The Course Of Nature (Single, 2006)
Aurora Consurgens (Album, 2006)