Saxophonist

Paulo Franco

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Best choice for your event! Nice Saxophone Player who will take you and your guests to a nicest musical mood!

Paulo Franco was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1982. He started to study Afro-Brazilian percussion when he was 10 and later extended his interest in dances and other cultural expressions which are of the same style as Afro-Brazilian percussion. At the age of his 14, he was encouraged by "MPB" (Música Popular Brasileira - Brazilian Popular Music) and began to grow his passion in studying "Violão" (Classical Guitar by Brazilian popular style), Cavaco, as well as key instruments and became an auto-didactic. During his college years, he won the second best song prize in the "Festival da Canção do Brasil" competition, a Brazilian Music Festival competition, in 1997 with his original Samba song "Por Isso Sou Feliz" and also got the Prize of Best Arrangement in the following year. Apart from Music and Dance (specially Ballroom Dances), communication was also of great importance in Paulo Franco's life. In the year 2000, he got an opportunity to make his way in the fantastic world of Radio as a production assistant in a radio station named "Rede Paulus Sat", a Radio Net at Pernambuco State (Brazil), where he not only performed in the shows and events, also gave some workshops related to cultures. Due to the great effort he spent in the work, Paulo Franco got the abilities in a very short time and soon was competent enough to produce the radio program “Alvaro de Aguiar” at the “Radio Olinda Pernambuco on his own, which increased the audience rate by 6 points from 3 to 9 in a not so digital era. After that, Paulo Franco went back to Rio de Janeiro. He Joined Maestro Tranca on spectacles at “Bar do Tom” and then became part of the Plataforma’s main casting, one of the biggest thematic show halls in Latin America. Before long he was invited by the Luxembourgish director Armand Pizzirrulli to his production called “Star Brazil International Show” in which Paulo Franco worked as a dancer, musician and also a co-director. He decided the artistic directions and created dancing parts in Ballroom Dances like Samba de Gafieira, Zouk, Forró, Lambada, Merengue etc, as well as made various fantasy hats which matched the spectacles. Besides, Paulo Franco produced and hosted the program “Studio Livre” (Free Studio) which consisted of a variety of interviews and news at the Radio Fluminense Juventude FM in the Rio de Janeiro State from Monday to Friday and produced the Program “Juventude con Axé”, a program with cultural and informative content, on Saturday. Paulo Franco Created the “Gafieira Brasil Show Cia” and produced various spectacles and shows of which mainly were about Latin and Brazilian cultures, such as the “Brazil Expression” in 2006 and some seasons in Europe. Paulo Franco worked on music and dance in many different countries. In Bolivia, he produced spectacles and brought the Brazilian Carnival to TV channels; In Turkey, he was an entertainment coordinator in a company which was and still is one of the market leaders in West Asia; In South Korea, he worked as a coordinator and producer (including music and choreography) of the Latin and Brazilian Seasons in the famous theme park LotteWorld Adventure. From 2012 to 2018, Paulo Franco was running and directing his entertainment company which was also an artistic producing company/agency, the Franco International Entertainment Media LTD CO in Shenzhen City, China. He also acted as an independent musician, producer as well as planner who frequently cooperated with important and big brands like Ferrari, BMW, Tecent, Mercedes-Benz and so on in different kinds of occasions such as top weddings, fairs, fashion shows etc. Since October of 2018, Paulo Franco has been in Portugal (Oporto) and acting all over Europe as a solo musician or event coordinator in various types of events: weddings, fairs, concerts, products launchings, aniversaries, corporative events, receptions, touristic events ,musical productions, clubs and so on. Paulo Franco has a mission to make dreams to come true. Paulo Franco created "Franco Mouthpieces", the first Portuguese professional Sax Mouthpiece's brand which is made in Portugal. The mouthpieces are made from metal and are able to compete with the best brands of the market nowadays.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Ambient, House, Deep house, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Jazz, Blues, Originals, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Americana, Covers, Funk, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Vintage, Asian music, Bossa nova, Jewish music, Reggae, World music, French music
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Instruments:
Saxophone, Alto saxophone, Percussion
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Event types:
Hotel / Restaurant event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Producer, Dancer, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching
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Song list

A Thousand Years
Aicha
Alelluyiah
All I See Is You (Dave Koz)
Bésame Mucho
Long Way Home (Paulo Franco)
Hey Jude
Imagine
My Way
Chandelier
City of Stars
Cuando Calienta El Sol
I Am Waiting For You (Dave Koz)
Don't Know Why (N. Jones)
What a Wonderful World
Dove L'Amore
Firework
Happy
No Woman No Cry
Garota de Ipanema
Hava Nagila
Havana
Hello (L. Richie)
Hero
How Deep Is Your Love
I Am Not The Only One
I Can't Help Falling in Love With You
I Just Called To Say I Love You
I Will Always Love You
I Will Survive
If Ain't Got You
Isn't She Lovely
Killing Me Softly With His Song
La Vie En Rose
Diana (Paul Anka)
Let It Be
Despacito
Sugar (Maroon 5)
Mas Que Nada
Nothing Gonna Change My Love For You
Sabor A Mi
September (Earth Wind..)
Fly Me To The Moon
Stand By Me
Summertime
Sunny
Take A Bow
Titanium
Unchained Melody
Uptown Funk
Wave
When A Man Loves A Woman
When The Saints Go Marching In
Wonderful Tonight
Blue Bossa
You're Still The One
Sukiyaki (Japanese Song)
Careless Whispers
Hei Foon Nei ( 喜欢你 - Chinese / Cantonese Song)
Nide yanshen (你的眼神 - Chinese song)
ye lai xiang (夜来香 - Chinese Song)
Cheng Fu (征服 Chinese Song)
yueliang daibiao wode xin (月亮代表我的心 - Chinese Song)
Heal The World
Just The Two Of Us
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Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

We always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let us know.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Yes, I can live some songs playing between my sets, although I'm not DJ. In case of the PA is mine, and you want to keep it playing after my performance, I also can do it for an additional £100.

How much time do you need to set up?

It's pretty fast to setup if there's everything on good conditions. Anyway I'm used to setup 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time.

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

Yes, sure.. please :)

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

I always bring the Saxophone, my own microphone for sax (to connect on the venue's PA) and my own effects setup.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes, it is possible. Although it is not on my list it's still a possibility of I already know the song. If I don't know the song yet, we can discuss it, depends on which song and how much time. In some cases can be charged a fee of £30 per song for urgent rehearsal.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

It's hard to answer this question. The feedback is always very positive. Probably the my interpretation and how it sounds at all.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Belmond Copacabana Palace (Brazil) Kafaluka Hotel (Turkey) Bodrum Resort (Turkey) Voyage Bodrum Hotel (Turkey) Prince Hotel & Resort (Turkey Le Meridien Hotel LotteWorld Adventure Park (Korea) Intercontinental Hotel (China) Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group Hyatt Hotel (China) Hotel Teatro (Portugal) Oudenberg Castle (Belgium) .. and others...

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Mind Abair, Dave Koz, Eric Darius, Pakito Rivera, David Sanborn

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

There was a lot, there's 3 what I always remember: The International Ballroom Dance Competition in Shenzhen; the Ferrari Show; and the Citroen lunching in the Windows of The World also in Shenzhen.

Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£150
Up to 1 hour£200
Up to 2 hours£290
Up to 3 hours£360

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Marcia M, 2 months ago

It was the second edition of the culinary festival Chefs Meet Chefs, and it was really amazing. Since the "welcome" we got the perfect texture for every moment! Pretty good! Many thanks Paulo Franco !

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XiaoBei Q, 5 months ago

Paulo is an excellent musician who can play sax, guitar and piano. He is of great passion for music and can always make people enjoy his performances. He is performing for in our events since a while in different countries.

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