I play a very distinctive guitar called a "Frameworks Classic Nylon". Used together with a guitar synthesizer, my unique technique can blend 3 sounds into 1, creating an original & very big sound for a solo performer.
I'm also renowned for playing the small Brazilian ukelele like instrument the "Cavaquinho" (used in Brazilian samba). 24 consecutive Notting Hill Carnival parades with the London School Of Samba & in 2018, I will take the crown as the most experienced sambista in Carnival in the UK.
BAND LEADER FOR 25+ YEARS
I'm the Band leader of top Brazilian/Latin World Music & Dance group "Viramundo". I also work with a number of other bands & artists in the Brazilian/Latin/World music fields. I started my musical career playing in pop, soul, reggae & jazz bands before turning my attention to Brazilian music in 1989.
My solo performances draw from my own repertoire showcased in the 2012 CD release of "Reflections" Brazilian & Latin classics & my own interpretations of classic soul, funk, reggae, pop & jazz hits. I sing in 3 idioms, English, Portuguese & Spanish (& speak fluently in 2 of them). I also give lessons on both guitar & cavaquinho.
REFLECTIONS (2012) Reflections contains 17 original songs recorded by Paul & a whole host of guest stars who are many of the top Brazilian & World music musicians working in Europe.
Vocals, Guitars, Cavaco, Guitar Synth, Programming, Arrangements, Engineering, & Producing: Paul Rumbol
Vocals: Rebeca Valim, Jandira Silva, Heidi Vogel, Priscila Bahia, Miguel Barcelo
Saxes/Flute: Marcelo Andrade & Giuliano Pereira
Trombone/Trumpet: Chris Webster
Keyboards: Ugo Delmirani & Kaw Regis
Tres: Miguel Barcelo
Bass: Matheus Nova & Andres Lafone
Drums: Eduardo Marques, Fabio Oliveira, Helder Pack, Davide Giovannini & Marius Rodrigues
Percussion: Xavier Osmir, Carlos Fuentes, Edson Ribeiro, Tonhao do Pandeiro & Sam Alexander
Recorded in London & Sao Paulo
Photos & Artwork: Odara Bahia Rumbol
PRODUCTION MUSIC Paul has also been involved with several production music (library music) projects.Two of the more recent have been together with Marcelo Andrade. They signed deals with BMG Chrysalis group) & released two albums "Braziliana" & Flight to Rio".
LONDON SCHOOL OF SAMBAPaul has been playing cavaco with the London School of Samba (LSS) for over 24 years. They regularly perform in venues & events all over the world inc. Notting Hill Carnival, the International Samba Festival in Coburg, Germany & Hong Kong Chinese New Year.
Another project I am involved with (again with good friend Xavier Osmir) is Banda Batuke. This band plays Samba, Pagode, Samba Rock & Batucada & I sing, play guitar, cavaquinho & percussion with them. A regular favourite of celebrities like Jamie Oliver, the band are renowned for their authentic samba & professional sound.
I do recording session work on guitar & cavaco (cavaquinho). A recent session was recording cavaco on the audio CD accompanying Paul Jayasandas book 'Trumpet Globetrotters'. I also get called to play cavaco for events like the Stockholm Carnival.
With the exception of the drum tracks, all other tracks on Reflections & the last 3 Viramundo albums were recorded & mixed at my Bell St. Studio. Here there is a top selection of music software & a good functioning small studio set up. Other projects from other artists have also been recorded here. If you like what you hear contact me.
I also give guitar & cavaco lessons in London to students of all ages & abilities on a 1 to 1 basis or as a group. Please contact for rates.
Occasionally I get asked to do work as a DJ due to my extensive knowledge & experience in the music industry. I have pro DJ software & a superb Bose PA suitable for a small venue. I can work playing Brazilian or other types of dance music. Please contact for rates.