Broad styled and versatile Musician, Thiago Oliveira is capable of going from the loudest soaring metal to a Bach Partita with ease and has played with the most varied acts, such as former Nevermore vocalist Warrel Dane, former Angra drummer Ricardo Confessori and Brazilian TV Stars Claudia Raia and Daniel Boaventura on the Brazilian Adaptations of Broadway Musicals “Evita” and “Cabaret” among many others such as female guitar star Isa Nielsen and bandssuch as Seventh Seal.
Thiago studied Jazz and Rock with luminaries such as Kiko Loureiro, Eduardo Ardanuy, Nelson Faria and Lula Galvão, Pollaco and arranger Ian Guest. He also attended several guitar festivals on which he took master classes with important musicians such as Fábio Zanon (Brazil), Nora Buschmann (Germany), Illiana Matos (Cuba), amongst many others.
As classical guitarist in 1995 he enroled as a classical guitar student at the Broughton High School in Edinburhg (UK) guitar program. In 2006 Thiago graduated with the maximum score at the University of Uberlandia (BR) where he wrote a dissertation on the challenging Aquarelle Suite by Sergio Assad. The work had a big impact on the guitar community and received enthusiastic response from the composer himself and an invitation to lecture at the prestigious Seminário Vital Medeiros in Mogi das Cruzes, one of the most important classical guitar events in Brazil. Later, in 2007, he took a Master’s Degree in Musicology at the prestigious University of Sao Paulo under the guidance of concert artist Edelton Gloeden where he deepened his research and analysis on Sergio Assad´s guitar work.
In 2001 he recorded a guest solo guitar spot on Tuatha De Danann´s album Tingalaratingadum, which received an international release and it is hailed as a classic nowadays.
In 2008 Thiago took part as a chamber musician in the Leo Brouwer Festival, organized by USP, one of the most important classical guitar events in Brazil on which was performed “Toccata” and “Fantasia de Los Ecos” which received a very warm response by the composer himself.
In 2009 he has become the lead guitarist in Brazilian Heavy Metal band Seventh Seal and in the following years toured Europe and played as the opening act of several bands such as Anvil, Orphaned Land,Vision Divine, Blaze Bailey, Warrel Dane, Andre Matos, and many others. In 2014 is released Seventh Seal´s third album titled Mechanical Souls, Produced by Thiago Oliveira, which shows a departure from the band´s traditional Heavy Metal style in favor of a broader sounding more experimental sound. Currently the band is preparing the follow up to Mechanical Souls.
In 2014 the same year Thiago became the guitar Player for former Nevermore frontman Warrel Dane on his South American tour, performing live several of Jeff Loomis´ trademark solos to perfection in tours in South America and Europe from 2014 and 2017, including the celebration of the classic album Dead Heart in a Dead World which completed 15 years in 2015.
In September 2014, he organized the Paulo Shchroeber Tribute, a concert in honour to most impressive shredders in Brazil, who tragically passed away at an early age. On this event took upon himself of playing Schroeber´s challenging solos receiving a very enthusiastic response by the guitar community.
In 2016 he joins former Angra and Shaman drummer Ricardo Confessori in his new project Confessori, on which he played several classics from his former bands and which had several former members as guests such as Edu Falaschi, Bruno Sutter, Rafael Bittencourt e Luís Mariutti. In 2017 happens a commemorative tour of the 15th anniversary of Shaman´s album Ritual on which the record is played in its entirety.
In 2017 whilst working tragedy struck as singer, and writing partner Warrel Dane passed away from a heart attack while recording Dane´s second album, his firs in ten years. The album was finished using Dane´s pre-production vocal tracks and consisted mainly of his collaborations with the singer. After the album’s release by Century Media in 2018, it made it into the European charts, had high appraisal from fans and the music community alike, getting astounding reviews from the specialized media.
“(…) the intricate guitar work on ‘Disconnection System’ would make for a challenging level on Guitar Hero.”
Shadow Work is all-out technical prog metal with an array of intricate guitar work and extreme tempos that stand on equal footing with Dane’s sweeping range. (…)That said, it’d be a disservice to think of these musicians as a mere backing band. Chemistry and technical prowess are matched as the guitars jump between crunchy rhythms and intricate leads (…)
The “Shadow Work” sound is very inspired by Nevermore albums “Dead Heart in a Dead World” and “This Godless Endeavour”. Warrel’s Brazilian backing band does a great job (…) . It’s often fast, technical and complex. Way more so than I was expecting.
(…), ‘Shadow Work’ is heavy as it gets with some impressive playing by Dane’s Brazilian backing band. Guitarists Johnny Moraes and Thiago Oliveira must be fans of Jeff Loomis or at least must have studied his work closely. Their heavy riff work and melodic ornamentation certainly would not sound out of place in Nevermore.
(Kevy Metal weblog)
Some of the guitar work and songwriting on display, at times, even rivals Nevermore at the height of their powers
Next we have the title track, Shadow Work (…) this track features some very intricate lead work throughout, that is sure to capture the listeners attention.
“Mother Is The Word For God,” and it still shatters my neural receptors whenever I hear it. Coming in at nearly ten minutes of playing time, this is the kind of immense complexity that I’ve known and loved for decades. At times it is loaded to the brim with chugs, but erupts into absolute mayhem in the form of incredible guitar acrobatics.”
(…) he finale is “Mother Is the Word for God,” which in almost ten minutes shows all the facets of the musician (…), from lofty pathos, soft tones to massive guitar overkill.
What can I say about the tittle track? Oh my God! The most perfect, aggressive, sensational in the whole album, reminiscent of Meshuggah in parts with the guitar work. (…) Simply astonishing icks, riffs and solos (…) Thiago Oliveira was as perfect as a ‘Jack and Coke’!
In 2018, still recovering from the tragedy from the previous year, Thiago joined female guitar star Isa Nielsen on her debut solo tour on the Samsung Best of Blues Festival. The shows took place at two big outdoor events in Sao Paulo and Porto Alegre to an estimated 30 thousand people each and were headlined by guitarists Tom Morello and John 5.
Currently Thiago lives in Sao Paulo where he teaches the instrument, works as a hired musician and musical producer having worked alongside with several local bands.
Thiago uses Solar Guitars, La Bella Strings, Positive Grid Bias FX, Rafive Picks and Edifier Audio.