Posted 16 March 2012 - 09:58 AM
Mario Ulloa is indeed from Costa Rica, but he's been living in Brazil since the 1990s, he moved to Salvador, Bahia with his wife, who was born there and since then he has developed quite an interesting career in the city.
He's a classical guitarist by training, very bright one by the way (he studied with Elliott Fisk, among others) and has dedicated most of his time to teaching. He made a significant difference in the local scene, and Bahia has been exporting incredibly talented guitarists at a pace we've never seen before.
Mario is a great arranger and concertizer, I was lucky enough to see him on stage twice and he plays very much like the way you see on the video, very expressive and completely immersed in the music.
And of course, being surrounded by Brazilian music, it was just natural for him to embrace that, he even recorded a now hard-to-find CD called "Mario Ulloa in Brazil" and another one dedicated to Dorival Caymmi's songs.