Luiz Renato Jimenez was born in São Paulo (8 June 1967), the largest city in Brazil, and from a very young age had an attraction to all forms of art. As a child, he loved spending hours drawing everything around him and started studying music at the age of 7, when he used to “intrude on” his older sister’s acoustic guitar lessons.Renato studied philosophy at University of Sao Paulo and has always been interested in human sciences. His career as a musician began when he recorded 4 of his own songs at a friend’s studio and the result was beyond expectations. In 1999 he composed and performed live his first soundtrack for a dance piece called “Francis Bacon”, choreographed by Armando Aurich (an awarded Brazilian dancer). Since then, he has composed music for renowned Contemporary Dance and Theatre companies and performed live at events like Resolution (London), Bienal Sesc de Dança (São Paulo) and Joinville Dance Festival. He took part in many awarded projects and his first musical composition for Theatre was nominated for the Shell Prize Awards, the most prestigious Theatre awards in Brazil.

Main Works:

Music Composition & Performance for Dance and Theater

“Dark Room” (2015)

Choreographer: Claudia Palma (Insaio Cia de Arte)Composed the music for this contemporary dance piece. Awarded the “14º Edital do Programa de Fomento à Dança da Cidade de São Paulo”.

“Anseio” (2013)

Choreographer: Claudia Palma (Cia de Danças de Diadema)Composed the music for this contemporary dance piece

“Cálamo” (2012)

Choreographer: Claudia Palma (Insaio Cia de Arte)Composed the music for this contemporary dance piece. Awarded the ProAC 2011. Performed live as singer and guitar player..

“Lugar Algum” (2010)

Choreographer: Claudia Palma (Insaio Cia de Arte)Composed the music for this contemporary dance piece. Awarded the “8º Edital do Programa de Fomento à Dança da Cidade de São Paulo”.

“O Menino que Espiava pra Dentro” (2010)

Choreographer: Luiza Gentile (“Projeto Passo a Passo” – NGO)Composed the music for this needy children’s dance piece.

“Blood Song” (2008)

Choreographers: Dominique Bulgin and Everaldo Pereira Composed the music for this contemporary dance piece selected for “Resolution 2008” (The Place, London). Performed live as singer and bass player.

“Um Outro Tempo Líquido” (2006)

Choreographer: Maurício de Oliveira (Frankfurt Ballet dancer / 1999-2003); Dance Company: Distrito Cia da DançaComposed the music for this contemporary dance piece.

“Um Campo em Preto e Branco II” (2006)

Choreographer: Armando AurichComposed the music for this contemporary dance piece.

“Jardim Noturno II” (2005)

Choreographer: Maurício de Oliveira; Dance Company: SiamesesComposed the music for this contemporary dance piece.

“Um Campo em Preto e Branco” (2005)

Choreographer: Armando Aurich; Dance Company: Ballet da Cidade de São PauloComposed the music for this contemporary dance piece.

“Lei de Nada” (2004)

Choreographer: Gabriel Castillo (DV8); Dance Company: Ballet da Cidade de São PauloComposed and mixed part of the soundtrack for this physical theater piece.

“XY” (2004)

Director: Paulo Goulart Filho (Nicete Bruno Artistic Productions) Composed the music for this theater production.

“Problemas Humanos, Poemas Urbanos” (2003)

Choreographer: Miriam DruweWorked together with the choreographer to create this contemporary dance piece based on sound poetry. Composed the music and the sound poems. Performed live as musician and actor/dancer. Awarded the 2003 “Braços e Pernas pela Cidade” Prize (São Paulo Municipallity).

“O Cavalo na Montanha” (2002)

Director: Barbara Bruno (Nicete Bruno Artistic Productions) Composed the music for this theater production.Nominated for Shell Theater Prize 2002 (best original music).

“Substância Básica” (2002)

Choreographer: Armando Aurich; Dance Company: Ballet da Cidade de São PauloWorked together with the choreographer to create this physical theater piece. Composed the music and text. Performed live as singer and bass player.

“Yin” (2002)

Choreographer: Ivonice Satie Composed the music for this contemporary dance piece.

“Pode Entrar que Estou Aqui” (2002)

Choreographer: Deborah Furquim Composed the music for this contemporary dance piece.

“Trovador” (2001)

Choreographer: Mário NascimentoComposed the music and wrote the text for this contemporary dance piece with live music. Performed live as musician/actor.

“Baque” (2001)

Choreographer: Mário Nascimento; Dance Company: Cia de Danças de DiademaComposed part of the music for this contemporary dance piece.

“Whisky of Chuchu” (2001)

Choreographer: Armando Aurich; Produced by In Saio Company, founded and directed by Armando Aurich and Renato Jimenez (former Luiz Cavalier’s stage name).Worked together with the choreographer to create and direct this physical theater piece. Composed the music and wrote the text. Performed live as musician/singer/dancer. Awarded the 2003 “Estímulo à Dança” Prize (São Paulo Municipallity).

“Codornas em Pétalas de Rosas” (2000)

Choreographer: Lilia Shaw; Dance Company: Ballet da Cidade de São PauloComposed the music for this contemporary dance piece.

“Bacon” (1999)

Choreographer: Armando Aurich Composed the music and performed live as musician in a physical theater piece.Awarded the 1999 Rede Stagium Prize.

Music for Cinema and Video

“Irmãos Campana em São Paulo” (2004)

Director: Thais StocklosComposed one track of the documentary.

“Cama de Gato” (2002)

Director: Alexandre StocklerComposed one song for the soundtrack of the film wich was awarded the “Montreal Award for Best 1st Feature Film 2002 – Special Mention”.

“O Ponto” (2002)

Director: Alberto SantosComposed the soundtrack for the film.
Luiz Renato Jimenez, known professionally as Luiz Cavalier, was born in São Paulo, the largest city in Brazil, and from a very young age had an attraction to all forms of art. As a child, he loved spending hours drawing everything around him and started studying music at the age of 7, when he used to “intrude on” his older sister’s acoustic guitar lessons.Luiz studied philosophy at University of Sao Paulo and has always been interested in human sciences. His career as a musician began when he recorded 4 of his own songs at a friend’s studio and the result was beyond expectations. In 1999, still under the stage name of Renato Jimenez, he composed and performed live his first soundtrack for a dance piece called “Francis Bacon”, choreographed by Armando Aurich (an awarded Brazilian dancer). Since then, he has composed music for renowned Contemporary Dance and Theatre companies and performed live at events like Resolution (London), Bienal Sesc de Dança (São Paulo) and Joinville Dance Festival. He took part in many awarded projects and his first musical composition for Theatre was nominated for the Shell Prize Awards, the most prestigious Theatre awards in Brazil.As of 2017, he changed his stage name to Luiz Cavalier (adopting his Italian Grandfather’s surname) and started to focus on his career as a singer/songwriter, producing his own “Worldbeat-Pop” songs, a mix of mainstream genres with jazz, bossa-nova, and other Latin elements.

Main Works:

Music Composition & Performance for Dance and Theater

“Dark Room” (2015)

Choreographer: Claudia Palma (Insaio Cia de Arte)Composed the music for this contemporary dance piece. Awarded the “14º Edital do Programa de Fomento à Dança da Cidade de São Paulo”.

“Anseio” (2013)

Choreographer: Claudia Palma (Cia de Danças de Diadema)Composed the music for this contemporary dance piece

“Cálamo” (2012)

Choreographer: Claudia Palma (Insaio Cia de Arte)Composed the music for this contemporary dance piece. Awarded the ProAC 2011. Performed live as singer and guitar player..

“Lugar Algum” (2010)

Choreographer: Claudia Palma (Insaio Cia de Arte)Composed the music for this contemporary dance piece. Awarded the “8º Edital do Programa de Fomento à Dança da Cidade de São Paulo”.

“O Menino que Espiava pra Dentro” (2010)

Choreographer: Luiza Gentile (“Projeto Passo a Passo” – NGO)Composed the music for this needy children’s dance piece.

“Blood Song” (2008)

Choreographers: Dominique Bulgin and Everaldo Pereira Composed the music for this contemporary dance piece selected for “Resolution 2008” (The Place, London). Performed live as singer and bass player.

“Um Outro Tempo Líquido” (2006)

Choreographer: Maurício de Oliveira (Frankfurt Ballet dancer / 1999-2003); Dance Company: Distrito Cia da DançaComposed the music for this contemporary dance piece.

“Um Campo em Preto e Branco II” (2006)

Choreographer: Armando AurichComposed the music for this contemporary dance piece.

“Jardim Noturno II” (2005)

Choreographer: Maurício de Oliveira; Dance Company: SiamesesComposed the music for this contemporary dance piece.

“Um Campo em Preto e Branco” (2005)

Choreographer: Armando Aurich; Dance Company: Ballet da Cidade de São PauloComposed the music for this contemporary dance piece.

“Lei de Nada” (2004)

Choreographer: Gabriel Castillo (DV8); Dance Company: Ballet da Cidade de São PauloComposed and mixed part of the soundtrack for this physical theater piece.

“XY” (2004)

Director: Paulo Goulart Filho (Nicete Bruno Artistic Productions) Composed the music for this theater production.

“Problemas Humanos, Poemas Urbanos” (2003)

Choreographer: Miriam DruweWorked together with the choreographer to create this contemporary dance piece based on sound poetry. Composed the music and the sound poems. Performed live as musician and actor/dancer. Awarded the 2003 “Braços e Pernas pela Cidade” Prize (São Paulo Municipallity).

“O Cavalo na Montanha” (2002)

Director: Barbara Bruno (Nicete Bruno Artistic Productions) Composed the music for this theater production.Nominated for Shell Theater Prize 2002 (best original music).

“Substância Básica” (2002)

Choreographer: Armando Aurich; Dance Company: Ballet da Cidade de São PauloWorked together with the choreographer to create this physical theater piece. Composed the music and text. Performed live as singer and bass player.

“Yin” (2002)

Choreographer: Ivonice Satie Composed the music for this contemporary dance piece.

“Pode Entrar que Estou Aqui” (2002)

Choreographer: Deborah Furquim Composed the music for this contemporary dance piece.

“Trovador” (2001)

Choreographer: Mário NascimentoComposed the music and wrote the text for this contemporary dance piece with live music. Performed live as musician/actor.

“Baque” (2001)

Choreographer: Mário Nascimento; Dance Company: Cia de Danças de DiademaComposed part of the music for this contemporary dance piece.

“Whisky of Chuchu” (2001)

Choreographer: Armando Aurich; Produced by In Saio Company, founded and directed by Armando Aurich and Renato Jimenez (former Luiz Cavalier’s stage name).Worked together with the choreographer to create and direct this physical theater piece. Composed the music and wrote the text. Performed live as musician/singer/dancer. Awarded the 2003 “Estímulo à Dança” Prize (São Paulo Municipallity).

“Codornas em Pétalas de Rosas” (2000)

Choreographer: Lilia Shaw; Dance Company: Ballet da Cidade de São PauloComposed the music for this contemporary dance piece.

“Bacon” (1999)

Choreographer: Armando Aurich Composed the music and performed live as musician in a physical theater piece.Awarded the 1999 Rede Stagium Prize.

Music for Cinema and Video

“Irmãos Campana em São Paulo” (2004)

Director: Thais StocklosComposed one track of the documentary.

“Cama de Gato” (2002)

Director: Alexandre StocklerComposed one song for the soundtrack of the film wich was awarded the “Montreal Award for Best 1st Feature Film 2002 – Special Mention”.

“O Ponto” (2002)

Director: Alberto SantosComposed the soundtrack for the film.

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