Composer Chico Mello was born in 1957 in Curitiba (Brazil), where he studied medicine and music. He continued his music studies in São Paulo as well as at the University of the Arts in Berlin with Dieter Schnebel and Witold Szalonek. Chico Mello has received grants from both the SWR Freiburg’s Heinrich-Strobel-Stiftung and the Berlin Senate, and was also a grant recipient at the Cité international des arts in Paris. The composer works on experimental and improvised music as well as music theatre and Brazilian pop music, and has participated in several intercultural projects at renowned festivals. He is co-curator of the Escuta festival in Rio de Janeiro and directs the Department for New Music at the Oficina de Música de Curitiba.