Frank Almendra (Austin, TX) is a Brazilian musician living in the US since 1994 that delivers talent, diversity, grace and a multitude of rhythms in his songwriting. In Brazil he is know by the name of Ico Almendra. Writing songs both in English and Portuguese, he is a member of many local Brazilian music acts in town and other music styles as well, performing live on a weekly basis. Also works as studio session man. Plays and writes on acoustic, electric guitars, cavaquinho ( 4 string ) and Brazilian viola ( 10 string ). Deftly skating between genres, Frank uses all his music background from his native Brazil mixed with his love for American music to deliver recordings and performances that make audiences ask for more.
This site is a central platform for his solo works and all his other creative projects, including lyrics, poetry, short stories and it is also his main point of contact. He is currently involved in the following music projects:
Avalon: Metal/Thrash band from late 80’s with a handful albums released.
Vênus: His original Hard Rock/Metal band. The first band of that style from the Brazilian northeastern to release an album.
Seu Jacinto : The original Texas Forró band.
Samba Bamba: Samba and pagode small group, with different musicians. Perfect for restaurants, smaller venues and private parties.
Tio Chico : project highlighting original compositions and songs co-written with friends all over the years.
Macaxeira Funk: A Funktastic Samba-Funk orchestra
Morena Soul : Brazilian MPB and Samba
The Long Fox Project: Instrumental World Music duo project highlighting Frank’s composition on Brazilian Viola, along with Michael Longoria on Percussion.
A Maré: An Afoxé trio that makes a musical journey through the Caribbean, Cape Verde, Western Africa and Brazil.
Canoa: World / Folk / Brazilian music, also for smaller venues, a music experimentation adventure fusing diverse music and rhythm influences.
Photo credits on this site: Photo Invitro, Tico Mendoza, John Gutierrez, Mario Villeda, Marina Petric, Paulo Preto, Harmon Eyes Photography.