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Based in Porto Alegre, capital of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil’s Southernmost  State, Marcelo Fruet & Os Cozinheiros are a unique mix of influences. The world- famous Brazilian legacy of bossa nova and samba, Tropicália, rock, jazz, and folk  all figure into their work. But they are undeniably a part of their own particular  region: the south of Brazil, where they have also absorbed the regional border  influences that make their music unique.


The Cozinheiros are led by guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and studio  wizard Marcelo Fruet, who has won multiple honors including an Açorianos  award for Producer of the Year and Best Original Soundtrack at the Gramado Film Festival. The Cozinheiros’ second disc, *AIÓN*, made multiple best-of-2012  lists in Brazilian newspapers, alongside such artists as Caetano Veloso and  Leonard Cohen. It has been nominated for the Prêmio Açorianos de Música and  was recently considered to the Latin Grammy Awards nomination for best  Brazilian Rock Album, Best New Artist and Best Engineered Album. Fruet’s songs  have also appeared on *Big Brother Brazil*, one of the country’s highest-rated  TV shows. 


On the road, the band has played many venues across the country and  abroad. They started the *AIÓN* tour in Japan, playing KMC festival plus 8 more  shows in Osaka, Tokyo and Sapporo. They also played at SXSW for the second  time and performed a tour over 14 venues across USA, including places such as  Arlene’s Grocery (NYC), William & Mary University (Williansburg - VA) and  Eddie’s Attic (ATL). In October 2013 they were one of the three-only bands from  Brazil going to CMJ Music Marathon to perform.