Ricardo Pessanha is a sworn English
translator and interpreter registered under nr. 184 with
the Board of Trade of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
He's accredited with the American and British Consulates
in Rio and as a journalist (Federal University of Rio de
Janeiro School of Communication - 1982), and is a member
of the association of foreign press correspondents in
Brazil. He also has a post-graduate degree in marketing
(PUC - Catholic University - Rio - 1994). He's been to
the United States several times for training courses. The
latest was in 2006, at Harvard Business School, where he
studied the technique of teaching through case studies.
He has certificates of proficiency in English from the
University of Cambridge and the University of Michigan and
was an English instructor for about 10 years.
Ricardo Pessanha has extensive experience in
translating journalistic material, liner notes, lyrics,
DVD and film subtitles, press releases, artist profiles,
movie scripts, websites, books, manuals, certificates,
contracts and documents in general for clients such as
Universal Music, EMI, Warner Music, Google, Youtube,
Putumayo, Six Degrees, Megatrax, Brazilian labels Trama
and Delira, Musicrama, HPI, MZA, and several assorted
Brazilian companies: banks, advertising agencies,
publishers, industries etc.
With American journalist Chris McGowan,
Ricardo Pessanha co-authored The Brazilian Sound
(Temple University - third edition - 2008); many critics
consider it the best book on Brazilian music ever
published in the USA. In 1999, The Brazilian Sound was
the best-selling book in the World Beat Music genre
category at Amazon.com. The book has also been published
in England (1991), Germany (1993), France (2000) and Japan
With Brazilian writer and translator
Carla Cintia Conteiro, he also co-authored a biography
of Brazilian musician Caetano Veloso. The book, entitled
L'Âme Brésilienne, was released in France in 2008
(Editions Demi-Lune - Paris)
As a journalist he covered music events such
as Rock in Rio II, for Billboard, and jazz festivals.
He collaborated with Mad magazine (Brazilian edition),
The Beat (Los Angeles), and Brazilian newspaper Afroreggae,
and was a news writer for Brazilian radio stations
Manchete FM and Roquette Pinto.
Ricardo Pessanha is also a photographer and
an online exhibit of his work