"I was born in the States ten hours after my parents arrived here from Brazil. I was raised here for the most part, but my Dad worked for the airlines so we spent many summer vacations in my Mom's hometown of Rio de Janeiro and in Belém, a port town at the mouth of the Amazon, where my Dad was from in northern Brazil. As an adult I have been back countless times. With one foot planted so firmly in each place, EQUATOR is the perfect name to describe the eclectic scope of my artistic interests and the wide range of services my company provides."
Manny Moreira was born in Miami only hours after his parents emigrated from Brazil. Raised on Long Island throughout his school years. He took his first music lesson at seven years of age with renowned Brazilian maestro Sebastiao Tapajoz who taught him how to play "House of The Rising Sun" with impeccable classical guitar technique. It was the perfect start for an eclectic career that has taken him on a far-reaching musical journey both stylistically and geographically. He began playing in local rock and blues bands at nine years old and by the age of fourteen he was doing gigs. Rock gigs continued until he heard a Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker album. At seventeen he began studying jazz improvisation. Shortly thereafter he was a sought after guitarist and singer on the local scene. He played in fusion bands, salsa bands, rhythm & blues bands, big bands and jazz combos. He also began honing his writing skills by doing arrangements and transcriptions for other singers and songwriters. At nineteen he furthered his studies of harmony, melody and improvisation, form and analysis, counter point, sight singing and ear training, orchestration, arranging, composition and electronic music. Around this time he was being hired by recording studios as a session guitarist and arranger as well as contracting players for sessions because of his deep knowledge of various styles of music and his ability to find the best musicians available to play on specific tracks. By now he was a bandleader performing his own music in clubs, colleges and festivals. He moved to New York City and continued his studies of jazz with guitar virtuoso Pat Martino. While continuing a journeyman career playing club dates and sessions in NYC he always included Brazilian music as his specialty. He studied guitar with Tiberio Nascimento playing the music of Jobim, Baden Powell, Villa-Lobos and all the masters of Brazilian popular music.
In 1990 he broadened his skills by studying orchestral conducting at the Julliard School of Music. Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Tchaikovsky are just a few of the composers whose scores helped enhance Mr. Moreira's knowledge of orchestration and composition. It was at this time he was invited to join a writing team, which included Luis Bonfa, for an ill-fated Broadway musical about Carmen Miranda. Though the book never materialized, the musical experience was extremely fruitful. It was around this time that Manny's career as a composer, arranger and music producer began to gain momentum.
His vocal studies include three years with Jim Carson and in 1993 he was chosen by legendary director Joe Layton to perform with Ann-Margret in her theatrical review. This began his career in the Broadway theatre. In 1996 he became a member of Actors Equity Association upon being selected as guitarist and singer for the first National Tour of "Smokey Joe's Café." While living in London, in 1998 he studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.
In the mid '90s Mr. Moreira began an association with John Simon. Working alongside the legendary producer he further honed his skills as an arranger, conductor and music producer. Some of the artists and musicians with whom he has performed and/or recorded include; Gerry Mulligan, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ron Carter, Phil Woods, Eliie Gomez, Gil Goldstein, Grady Tate, Michel Petruciani, Gilberto Gil, Will Lee, Eartha Kitt, The Temptations, Helen Reddy, Jane Duboc and Johnny Ventura.
In 1998 he formed Equator Productions as an umbrella company to cover all of the musical services he provides. Meanwhile, he continued to record and perform throughout North America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Always widening his range of knowledge, he is often called upon to provide ethnic music such as Latin, Caribbean, African and even Asian, in addition to all forms of American music. In 2003 he moved his studio and office to Union Square and since then has: been selected by the United States Department of State and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for a one month tour of Africa as a Jazz Ambassador where he played diplomatic posts, national theatres and was invited to participate in lectures and music clinics at universities; scored a film selected for the Pan-African Film Festival in Los Angeles; written arrangements and music directed two new musicals, one which ran at LaMama and another at the Manhattan New Musical Theatre Festival; produced and directed a promotional video for the Neward Public Library; music directed two regional musicals, one for the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival and the other at the New Harmony Theatre; arranged and conducted many corporate shows such as MasterCard, Samsung, Nextel, the Republican National Convention, MCI, Pfizer, etc; his original composition "Christmas in New York" aired nationally on CBS television Christmas Eve 2003.

While as a freelance producer of worldwide corporate events he began to conceive the idea of an interactive show that could incorporate his wide ranging experience and skills and also fulfill his love of the Art Deco Era style — a style he believed was the direction the marketplace of fashion, music, television and film was headed. Not wanting it to be a "nostalgia or novelty act" he developed the idea of the NEW DECO ORCHESTRA - The Return of Elegance. This show would bring together the old with the new and be presented in a multi-media, interactive setting.
Carefully, beginning with dancer/choreographer Stephanie Klemons, (a colleague from his Broadway run at "In the Heights"), he began to hand pick his stellar creative team, managerial, administrative and production staff and finally, the performers from among the best musicians, singers and dancers in NYC.
In August of 2012, Mr. Moreira formed, Lucky Cat Productions, LLC as the parent company to the New Deco Orchestra. See more about this exciting and innovative new show at:


May '18 Something Rotten
Kravis Center
April '18 Mamma Mia
Riverside Theater
March '18 In The Heights
The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
April '17 Saturday Night Fever
Riverside Theater
Jan '16 A Chorus Line
Riverside Theatre
Jan - April '15 New Deco Orchestra - The Return of Elegance
(producer/artistic director/arranger/guitarist/singer)
The Highline Ballroom, NYC
July '14 New Deco Orchestra - The Return of Elegance
(producer/artistic director/arranger/guitarist/singer)
The Highline Ballroom, NYC
April '12 POP 67 Music from the Summer of Love
(producer/artistic director - singer/guitarist)
Milford Theater, Milford PA
Jan-Apr '11 In the Heights (guitars)
1st National US Tour
Feb '08 - Jan '11 In the Heights (guitars)
Grammy Award Best Musical Show Album
Tony Award Winner Best Musical/Best Score/Best Orchestrations
Broadway - Richard Rogers Theater
Jan-July '07 In the Heights (guitars)
Off Broadway - 37 Arts
Oct-Nov '05 Normal (guitars)
The Connelly Theater
Aug-Oct '05 Miracle Brothers (guitar)
The Vineyard Theater
July-Aug '05 The Odd Couple (Vinnie)
New Harmony Theater
Sept '04 One Way Ticket to Hell (musical supervisor/arranger)
Manhattan New Musical Theater Festival, Theater Row
June-July '04 Cowgirls (musical director/arranger)
New Harmony Theater
April '04 Hercules in High Suburbia (conductor/musical director/arranger)
Off Broadway, La MaMa, etc.
March '03 Always...Patsy Cline (onstage musical director/guitars)
June-July '02 Smokey Joe's Café (musical director/guitars/vocals)
West Virginia Public Theater
Jan '01-May '02 Ann-Margret in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
National Tour (on stage guitars/vocals)
Jan '01 Aida (sub/guitars)
May-July '00 Pippin (guitars)
Papermill Playhouse
Mar-May '99 The Who's Tommy (onstage guitars/contractor)
US Concert Tour
Jan-Feb '99 Romeo & Juliet (guitars)
Goodspeed at Chester
Aug '96-Apr '98 Smokey Joe's Café (onstage guitars & vocals)
1st National/Japan Tour
Aug-Nov '95 Lust (onstage guitars/bass)
Off Broadway
Jan-May '95 Blood Brothers (sub/guitars)
Oct' 93-May '95 The Who's Tommy on Broadway (sub/guitars)
Apr-May '94 Love, Janis (onstage conductor/guitars/vocals/contractor)
Denver Center for the Performing Arts

OngoingMusical Director, M.C., Singer, Guitarist, Contractor

Music Producer and Direction for Corporate Shows: (partial client list)
MasterCard Masters Tournament (Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, etc.) - Scenes from South Pacific - Hawaii
Nextel - Broadway Rocks! - Bermuda
Sun Trust - A Night at the Copa - Cancun
Pfizer - Broadway Review - Palm Springs
Boy and Girls Club of America - Variety - NYC
Futures in Education, Arch Dioceses of Brooklyn - NYC

Partial List
Opening Night Party for Danny Devito's "Hoffa"
-Rainbow Room, 12 piece Swing Band

Opening Night Party for Robert Redford's "A River Runs Through It"
-Roseland, 6 piece Country, Rock&Roll

Fund Raiser/Andrew Stein
-Tavern on the Green, NYC, 4 piece Calypso, Reggae, Soka

International High Rollers Reception
-Caesars Atlantic City, 4 piece, American, Italian, Spanish, Brazilian

Awards Night "Latin Businessmen of the Year"
-Waldorf Astoria, 12 piece Swing, Latin, R&B

Awards Night "Sports Legends Honor Mickey Mantle, Floyd Patterson and Johnny Bench."
Opening act for the Temptations.
-Sheraton Center 6 piece jazz and R&B

Mar '12 - June '17 Julie Eigenberg and Manny Moreira - Jazz and Bossa Nova Tribute to Antonio Carols Jobim and others(guitar and vocals)
BB King's, Café Wha, Groove, NYC
Jan '09 Paulo Szot (guitar/arrangements) - Allen Room Jazz at Lincoln Center, NYC
June '08 Bianca Marroquin (guitars) - Joe's Pub, NYC
Aug '06 - Dec '07 Ronan Tynan (guitar, vocals) - Theater and festival appearances throughout US
Oct '02 Steven Lutvak (guitars-vocals) - Joe's Pub, NYC
Oct-Nov '98 Saundra Santiago (guitars) Eighty Eights - Arci's, NYC
Aug '98 Moses Braxton (musical director/guitars) - Ronnie Scott's, London
Jan '96-May '98Billy Strich (guitar) - Birdland NYC, Cinegrill LA, Bally's Atlantic City & Las Vegas
Nov '95-Dec '96Helen Reddy (conductor/guitar/vocals) - US Tour
Oct '95 Eartha Kitt (guitar) - Grandel Theater, St. Louis
Aug '92-Jan '94Ann-Margret (onstage performer/guitars/vocals) - US National

'17The New Deco Orchestra (composer, producer, arranger, conductor, guitar, vocals) Christmas in New York
'12POP '67 (producer, guitarist, vocalist, engineer)
Jan '11-Nov '13Dora the Explorer, Nickelodeon animated television series (guitars)
'08In the Heights (guitars) w/Lin Manuel Miranda
'08Natalie Toro (guitars) w/Sutton Foster
'03 - '05Various corporate recordings Barkely Kalpack Associates, as producer, arranger, guitarist and engineer.
'02Toku, Chemistry of Love (conductor/guitarist)
w/Ron Carter, Grady Tate, Phil Woods, Gene Bertoncini, Bucky Pizzarelli, etc.
'01Ann-Margret in "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" cast album (guitars/vocals)
'00John Simon, Hoagyland (guitar/vocals)
'99John Simon, Harmony Farm (guitar/vocals)
'98Steve Sacks, First Dream (vocals)
'97Billy Stritch, Waters of March (guitar)
'96Nancy Monroe, Dance My Heart (guitar) w/ Eliie Gomez & Bob Moses
'95Canadian Bacon, feature film soundtrack (conductor/singer)
'94Rich Look, Heart of the Beast (arr/guitar)
w/ Will Lee, Gil Goldstien, Harvey Brooks, etc. (co-producer w/ John Simon)
'93Gerry Mulligan, Paraiso (guitarist/arrangements/contractor)

As Conductor, Guitarist, Composer, Arranger, Producer, Singer
Trident     Geo Cars     Kodak     HFC     Club-Med     Sharp Electronics
Oil of Olay     USAir     Reese's Pieces

1998-'99Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Scene Study, Character Study, Acting
1991-'92Julliard School of Music, Orchestral Conducting,Orchestration
1990-'93Jim Carson, voice
1989-'90Tiberio Nascimento, Classical and Brazilian Guitar
1986-'87Carlinhos de Jesus, Brazilian Dance
1978-'79Pat Martino, Jazz Guitar
1977-'79Five Towns College, Arranging, Orchestration, Melody and Improv, Form and Analysis, Counterpoint, Composition, Ear Training and Sight Singing

February 2009 Received recognition for participation on GRAMMY award winning recording of IN THE HEIGHTS cast album.
May '03-June '03 Toured throughout Southern Africa (South Africa, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana,Rwanda) as a United States Jazz Ambassador performing Latin Jazz concerts and clinics at theaters, universities and diplomatic posts.
Dec '02 Selected by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as a Jazz Ambassador.

Referrals available upon request

Manny Moreira was born in Miami only hours after his parents emigrated from Brazil. He was given his first music lesson at the age of 7 by renowned Brazilian guitarist and composer Sebastiao Tapajoz. He has lived and worked in New York since 1985 and continues to tour throughout the United States and abroad. He is fluent in Portuguese and speaks conversational Spanish.
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