Born in New York in 1970, violinist, mandolinist, and composer Ted Falcon grew up in a musical family listening to jazz and the Brazilian music of Villa-Lobos, Tom Jobim and Luiz Bonfá. Ted has lived and worked as a professional musician in New York City, Los Angeles, São Paulo and Brasilia. In August of 2016, he moved back to Los Angeles after living in Brazil for 8 years. He is recognized by his peers as a leader and catalyst of Brazilian choro music in the U.S.
As a researcher, Ted has written and published several books about Brazilian musical regional styles such as Choro, Forró and Frevo. He taught violin for several years at the Escola de Choro Raphael Rabello, Brazil’s most respected choro school. Ted has performed throughout Brazil, the U.S. and Japan with various music projects including Jambrosia, Gypsy Jazz Club, Kervansarai, and the duo Ted and Pablo, with harmonica player Pablo Fagundes. In Brazil, he has played with Hermeto Pascoal, Dominguinhos, Armandinho Macêdo, Thiago Espirito Santo, Hamilton de Holanda and many other incredible musicians. In the U.S., he has performed along side of David Grisman and Mike Marshall and has recorded with Suzanne Vega and Ben E. King.
Ted is one of the few innovators on the violin, an instrument rarely used in Brazilian popular music. In 2014, Ted released Retratos Abstratos, with virtuoso guitarist Felix Junior that featured many of his original songs as well as his abstract paintings. In 2016, Ted taught and performed at the Centrum Choro Workshop in Port Townsend, Washington with the renowned clarinet player, Anat Cohen and Trio Brasileiro. He is also a co-leader of the group, Brazilian Strings Trio, with fiddler, Andrew Finn Magill and guitarist, Nando Duarte. The trio recently toured the West Coast of the US for the second consecutive year, performing in concerts and workshops from California to Washington. Ted just released 2 new recordings: Ted Falcon and Gypsy Jazz Club, a tribute to the music of Django Reinhardt, and the Brazilian Strings Trio, a virtuosic group dedicated to the regional music of Brazil. He is currently a professor of music at the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a non-profit school founded by Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He lives in Highland Park, Los Angeles with his wife and three young sons.