×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Heitor Pereira’s Collaborators Cite His Restless Curiosity

In a small room off to the side of Heitor Pereira’s spacious, comfortable Santa Monica studio are Pereira’s many guitars and hundreds of smaller instruments, mostly unusual percussion contraptions he’s collected from around the world.

It’s almost like a child’s playroom, which is perhaps fitting for the composer’s relentlessly upbeat attitude regardless of deadlines, endless recuts or difficult directors.

Producer-arranger Stewart Levine, who effectively “discovered” Pereira playing for Ivan Lins in Brazil in 1988 and added him to Simply Red, says, “He’s the most curious musician I know. He’s got a restless musical mind.”

“He would listen to everything, from rave music to Debussy, South African music to Russian choral music. There was nothing he didn’t find interesting or exciting. He exposed himself to the whole universe of music.”

When they met, Levine recalls, “he reminded me of Peter Pan. His childlike enthusiasm was so contagious. That’s why his
music works in film. He has a sense of humor, of drama, and this was the perfect home for him.”

Singer-songwriter Melody Gardot, who asked Pereira to produce her Brazilian-flavored 2012 Verve album “The Absence,” adds: “Heitor breathes, lives and exudes music. There is not a moment he is not dancing or singing or imagining something. He’s like a kid, always dreaming.”

Pereira’s warm, delicate guitar stylings back Gardot’s dusky voice (he sings on some tracks as well as co-wrote two). “Watching Heitor work is like watching a magician,” she says. “Making the album was like watching a flower unfold.”

Filmmakers, too, echo these sentiments. Chris Meledandri, producer of the “Despicable Me” movies, as well as the recently released “Minions,” calls Pereira “an extraordinary talent with a never-ending commitment to each film he scores. Whether he is writing a cue to support comedy, drama or action, the music is always soulful. And when you meet Heitor you immediately understand why.”

Adds director Raja Gosnell (“Beverly Hills Chihuahua”): “He’s one of the most authentic people I’ve ever met,” citing the composer’s “joyful attitude toward life and music.”Gosnell, too, mentions that little playroom, “probably 40 guitar-like instruments on racks, all with slightly different flavors and cultural stories, in addition to small sound-making oddities from various cultures. He uses these to create extremely specific sounds that pepper his scores with quirk and originality.

“That’s what I love about working with Heitor. He always finds a way to surprise, and is relentless in pursuing originality.” — Jon Burlingame

More Music

  • Nick Cannon poses for a portrait

    Nick Cannon on His New Radio Morning Show Gig: 'I'm Not New to Multitasking'

    Television host, comedian, actor, producer, rapper, and children’s book author Nick Cannon will now add radio host to his long list of endeavors. He’s Power 106’s new morning show host, coming on the heels of J Cruz’s move to Los Angeles competitor Real 92.3 for the afternoon slot. The SoCal native recently shot the 15th [...]

  • Rapper Drake attends the game between

    Drake Drops Two New Songs to Celebrate Toronto Raptors' NBA Triumph

    As promised, Drake dropped two new songs Saturday to celebrate the Toronto Raptors’ NBA championship win, “Omertà” and “Money in the Grave” (featuring Rick Ross) — the first new songs he’s dropped so far this year, although he recently appeared on songs by former foes Meek Mill and Chris Brown. Apart from some wording on the image [...]

  • NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE

    Watch Taylor Swift Give Surprise Performance at LGBT Landmark Stonewall Inn

    Taylor Swift is doubling down on her pro-LGBT activity during Pride month: Less than 24 hours after she dropped her new single “You Need to Calm Down,” which includes shout-outs to GLAAD and the LGBT community, she made a surprise appearance before about 100 people at the Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village, the [...]

  • Nick Cannon King of the Dancehall

    Nick Cannon Joins L.A.'s Power 106 as Morning Show Host

    Nick Cannon is adding another hosting job to his resume. The entertainment renaissance man will join KPWR-FM (“Power 106”), Los Angeles’ top hip-hop radio station, as the morning show’s main host and producer. “Nick Cannon Mornings” will launch this Monday, June 17, and air from 5 to 10 a.m.  “Power 106 is one of the [...]

  • Plume of black smoke rising from

    Lawsuit Expected Next Week in Response to Universal Music Fire

    A Los Angeles law firm representing several Universal Music recording artists affected by the 2008 fire that destroyed a huge number of master recordings is expected to file a lawsuit as early as next week. King told Variety that he expects to sue for negligence and other torts. He declined to identify his clients, saying [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content