Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Rafael Pelissari (aka Pelissa) from an early age has always shown interest in various types of art, especially painting and music. Began to play the guitar by ear and self-taught has learned different styles of music ranging from Bossa Nova and Samba, through Blues, Rock 'n' Roll and Jazz, Reggae and the Caribbean rhythms, Indian music, among many other styles. Since the first time he played the guitar, he wasn't able to have a single thought where music wasn't present, had faced the inevitable fact that this was his place.
An adherent of the concept derived from the visual arts, the "action painting", Rafael has always been a supporter of improvisation and creative freedom, of the "momentum", of the music made, felt, improvised and executed at-the-time.
Open minded facing arts, Rafael is considered an apprentice devotee chasing knowledge, constantly seeking new music, sounds, movements and thoughts. As a huge fan of Indian classical music, searches through the tuned silence (the concept of khali), the state of "samadhi", the mentalization of colours, specific vibrations and combined with classical guitar techniques to create harmonies, melodies, soundscapes and the coloring of the whole existing and resonant space of the Cosmos - the Eufonia.
By mixing different musical styles and his Gypsy ancestral roots, has developed his own style over the years. The feature of his music is a reflection of different approaches. A fusion of classical music elements, Latin music, Brazilian musical rhythms, gypsy roots, introspective elements of music therapy, the colors of Indian classical music and the universal ethereal music to beyond the transcendental improvisation - a variety of elements, harmony and unique melody.
Rafael's music reflects his constant search within transcendentalism and music therapy. The improvisation, or the jam based style of playing, is as outstanding as remarkable in his music, coupled with the experimentalism and combined with the gypsy guitar techniques.
Maintains, as himself likes to clarify, "an artistically humble outlook towards art and music." The sitarist, clarinetist, violinist, painter, poet, philosopher, likes the mixture of elements, the musical universalism in order to achieve transcendental melodies, almost sublime sounds, or as he learned with the Indian classical music, the "Raga" - as himself defines: "the coloring of the artistic expression of the notes carved in your soul as you chant your instrument."
"I am an avowed bohemian". - Rafael Pelissari
The nomad and bohemian artist Rafael Pelissari plays what he feels, with all the emotion, passion and freedom without losing the mystical/spiritual way, a true 'soul player'.
"It's not about what they say it should be, it's about what it is;
It's not about what is supposed to be felt, it's about feeling; It's not about being the best, it's about being; It's not about losing yourself, it's about finding yourself;
It's not about the musician, it's about the music.
True harmony."- Rafael Pelissari
"When it comes to music, freedom is breathtaking; in life, jammin' is the only way out.
The rest is absolute nothingness."
"NÃo sei a receita da mÚsica
Tampouco a da vida
Vou tocando assim
"NÃo tem como tocar sem sentimento.
Hoje nÃo sinto amor, nÃo sinto raiva,
Nem paixÃo, nem nada.
O resultado disso É um silÊncio ensurdecedor."