Violeta de Outono

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Violeta de Outono
Origin São Paulo, Brazil
Genres Post-punk (early); psychedelic rock, progressive rock, space rock
Years active 1985–present
Labels Wop-Bop Records, RCA Records, Ariola Records, Record Runner, Voiceprint Records, Rock Symphony
Associated acts Zero, The Invisible Opera Company of Tibet (Tropical Version Brazil), O Terço, A Chave do Sol, Gong
Members Fabio Golfetti
José Luiz Dinola
Fernando Cardoso
Gabriel Costa
Past members Angelo Pastorello
Cláudio Souza
Cláudio Fontes
Fred Barley
Sandro Garcia
Gregor Izidro

Violeta de Outono (Portuguese for Autumn Violet) is a Brazilian psychedelic/progressive rock band hailing from São Paulo. Heavily influenced by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Gong, they were originally a post-punk band with some psychedelic elements intertwined, but would gradually drop their post-punk influences and add more prog elements to their sonority as time went by.

The band underwent numerous changes in its line-up since its inception; the only founding member remaining today is vocalist/guitarist Fabio Golfetti.


Fabio Golfetti founded Violeta de Outono in 1985 alongside Cláudio Souza; both had just parted ways with pioneering New Romantic band Zero.[1] They would later be joined by Angelo Pastorello, and with this line-up they released a demo tape, Memories, in the same year. The tape got the attention of independent record label Wop-Bop Records, that released their first recording, the extended play Reflexos da Noite, in 1986.

In 1987, Violeta de Outono's eponymous debut was released through RCA Records. It was very well-received; particular praise went to their cover of The Beatles' song "Tomorrow Never Knows".

In 1988 they released a four-track EP called The Early Years, containing cover versions of The Rolling Stones' "Citadel", Pink Floyd's "Interstellar Overdrive", The Beatles' "Within You Without You" and Gong's "Blues for Findlay". Those recordings trace to as far as 1985–1986. In the next year, their second studio album, Em Toda Parte, was released by Ariola Records. Beginning with this album, Violeta de Outono would drop their previous post-punk instrumentation, heading towards a more progressive and experimental vein.

In 1990, Cláudio Souza left the band, and was replaced by Cláudio Fontes (Souza would return to the band in 1993 though). From 1993 to 1995, Violeta de Outono entered a short hiatus period; they returned to active with a live album, Eclipse, and their third full-length, Mulher na Montanha, that began to be recorded in 1995 but would be released only in 1999. In 2000, they would release their second live album, Live at Rio ArtRock Festival '97, a recording of their performance at the Rio ArtRock Festival in Rio de Janeiro in 1997. (A DVD containing the footage of their performance at the festival would be released 15 years later.) During Violeta de Outono's hiatus, Golfetti released three albums with The Invisible Opera Company of Tibet (Tropical Version Brazil), a side project he formed in 1988;[2] however, the project was not as successful and memorable as Violeta de Outono itself and would come to an end in 1995, only to return in 2010.

Also in 2000, Violeta de Outono changed its line-up almost completely, with Gregor Izidro replacing Cláudio Souza and Sandro Garcia replacing Pastorello. However, they would return for the recording of the band's fourth studio album in 2003, Ilhas, that was released in 2005.

Violeta de Outono & Orquestra, their first video release, came out in 2006, recorded during a performance in São Paulo two years prior, with the special participation of the USP Symphonic Orchestra. In the same year, Pastorello left the band and was replaced by Gabriel Costa, while new member Fernando Cardoso assumed the position of keyboardist. With this line-up they released their fifth full-length album (and seventh studio release overall), Volume 7, in 2007.

In 2009, Cláudio Souza left Violeta de Outono for the third time, but beforehand they recorded another video release, Seventh Brings Return, in which they covered songs by Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett live, and also played their first studio album in its entirety in a show which took place in the Theatro Municipal in São Paulo. Souza was replaced by Fred Barley — however, Barley left the band in 2011 in order to join O Terço, and was replaced by José Luiz Dinola (former A Chave do Sol member); Violeta de Outono's line-up remains unchanged ever since.

Their sixth and most recent full-length album, Espectro, was released in 2012.


Current members

  • Fabio Golfetti — vocals, guitar (1985–)
  • Gabriel Costa — bass (2006–)
  • José Luiz Dinola — drums (2011–)
  • Fernando Cardoso — keyboards (2006–)

Former members

  • Cláudio Souza — drums (1985–1990, 1993–2000, 2003–2009)
  • Angelo Pastorello — bass (1985–2000, 2003–2006)
  • Cláudio Fontes — drums (1990–1993)
  • Gregor Izidro — drums (2000–2003)
  • Sandro Garcia — bass (2000–2003)
  • Fred Barley — drums (2009–2011)

Session/live musicians

  • Fábio Ribeiro — keyboards (1997–2005)


Studio albums

Year Album
1987 Violeta de Outono
1989 Em Toda Parte
1999 Mulher na Montanha
2005 Ilhas
  • Label: Voiceprint Records
  • Format: CD
2007 Volume 7
  • Label: Voiceprint Records
  • Format: CD
2012 Espectro
  • Label: Voiceprint Records
  • Format: CD

Extended plays

Year Album
1986 Reflexos da Noite
  • Label: Wop-Bop Records
  • Format: Vinyl, CD
1988 The Early Years
  • Label: Wop-Bop Records
  • Format: Vinyl, CD

Live albums

Year Album
1995 Eclipse
  • Label: Record Runner
  • Format: Vinyl, CD
2000 Live at Rio ArtRock Festival '97
  • Label: Rock Symphony
  • Format: CD

Video releases

Year Album
2006 Violeta de Outono & Orquestra
  • Label: Voiceprint Records
  • Format: DVD
2009 Seventh Brings Return: A Tribute to Syd Barrett
  • Label: Voiceprint Records
  • Format: DVD
2011 Ao Vivo no Theatro Municipal
  • Label: Voiceprint Records
  • Format: DVD
2015 Live at Rio ArtRock Festival '97
  • Label: Voiceprint Records
  • Format: DVD


Year Album
1985 Memories/Demo '85


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