Biography

Born in Honduras (Central America) in 1966, from a Palestinian mother, moved to Brazil when he was 5 years old. At age 10 he started his musical studies. At 15 he participated with classical guitar and cavaquinho at several festivals with various bands of brazilian popular music and choro. At 17 started his career as session man working at several productionss in some of the best recording studios of his area (Rio Grande do Norte – Brasil).

Roberto moved to Rome, Italy in 1990 where he continued to study music and start new collaborations with several artists. In 1994 he toured Brasil with one of its’ most famous singers Elza Soares together with italian saxist Giancarlo Maurino. 1995 will see Roberto going back to Italy and settle down in Piemonte where, together with singer Simon Papa, Giancarlo Maurino and Brazilian percussionist Gilson Silveira will start the band “Latin Touch”. With this band they recorded an album in 1996 “De cabo a rabo”, with special guest Brazilian cellist Jaques Morelembaum.

During the following years Roberto will be collaborating on stage and in studio with a variaty of artists such as : Barbara Casini, Ivan Lins, Guinga, Gabriele Mirabassi, Maria Pia de Vito, Chico Buarque de Holanda, Rita Marcotulli, Enrico Rava, Franco Ambrosetti, Randy Brecker, Fabrizio Bosso, Rosario Bonaccorso, Gianmaria Testa, Eduardo Taufic, Ana Flora, Karl Potter, Marco Tamburini, Silvia Donati, Cristina Renzetti, Rosalia de Souza, Michele Rabbia, Giovanna Gattuso, Giancarlo Bianchetti, Salvatore Maiore, John Arnold, Bob Mover, Pietro Condorelli, Renato D’aiello, Flavio Boltro, Salvatore Maiore, Stefania Tallini, Alfredo Paixão, Pèo Alfonsi, Miroslav Vitous, Rino Vernizzi, Gianni Coscia, Patrizia Laquidara, Meg and others.

In 2003 his first album “Real Picture” came out. The first with strong Jazz influences. This record will feature many artist from the Italian Jazz scene, such as : Enzo Zirilli, Antonio Zambrini, Paolo Porta, Alessandro Maiorino. Other two important recordings will be released in 2005 “Um Abraço” in duo with sax player Giancarlo Maurino and 2006 “Jogo de cordas” in duo with guitarist Luigi Tessarollo.

In october 2009 Roberto was invited at GuitarMasters in Reichenberg in Germany, sharing the stage with great masters of guitar, such as Larry Coryell, Ralph Towner and Fareed Haque. In 2009 in Brazil was published the live DVD “Dois Irmãos” in duo with his brother pianist Eduardo Taufic. With this duo Roberto played in Brazil at several festivals and events of Instrumental music.

In 2010 Roberto published “Eles e eu” his first solo guitar CD. In 2011 he published “Bate Rebate” with his brother Eduardo Taufic produced by André Mehmari. In 2014 Roberto published two important albums in Duo: “Um Brasil diferente” with Gabriele Mirabassi and “Atlânticos” with Ricardo Silveira. In 2015 published other two important albums: “Todas as cores” (Duo Taufic) and “Viaggiando” with Rosario Bonaccorso, Fabrizio Bosso e Javier Girotto. In 2016 he published “Terras”, by Duo Taufic and the italian singer Barbara Casini.

Between 2017 and 2018 were published “Core/coração” by María Pia de Vito, “Nítido e obscuro”, live album in duo with the great Clarinetist Gabriele Mirabassi, “D’Anima” (Duo Taufic), “Tudo será como antes” the Duo Taufic’s first collaboration with Brazilian singer Paula Santoro and “Agreste” with Cristina Renzetti and Gabriele Mirabassi.