As a live looping musician, world soul artist and one-man orchestra Poranguí weaves ancestral songs and indigenous rhythms from around the globe. Creating his performances from scratch using looping technology, Poranguí’s live grooves range from meditative to dance party, moving the body, lifting the spirit, and transcending the divide between performer and audience.
An evening with Poranguí might take you on a journey from deep, earthy didgeridoo grooves to high-vibe ecstatic Brazilian beats to blissful African kalimba lullabies.
Serenades and storytelling to beat boxing and booty shaking: Together, these make an unforgettable experience.
Born in São José dos Campos, Brazil to two artists – a Brazilian mother and a Chicano father – Poranguí grew up in the cultures of Brazil, Mexico, and the Southwestern U.S., steeped in a richness of musical, healing, and ceremonial traditions from birth.
He attended a Jesuit Catholic high school in Arizona, spending weekends with his mother in the Native American communities who had welcomed her to their families and ceremonies.

After high school, Poranguí spent a year studying in China and then teaching English through the use of music in Vietnam. On scholarship to Duke University he created an interdisciplinary undergraduate major combining music, movement, and medicine. Soon after graduation from Duke, he became certified as a massage therapist, following in his grandmother’s footsteps, and returned to Arizona as his base.

As his uniquely interdisciplinary career has unfolded, Poranguí has embraced its many opportunities:
He has worked extensively in the field of behavioral health and prevention, has designed curriculum for community and state agencies, and has had the privilege of working with marginalized youth in both Brazil and the U.S., using the arts to build resiliency and community.

As a musician proficient in world percussion, guitar, voice, and numerous indigenous instruments including didgeridoo and pre-Columbian flutes, he has been featured on albums ranging from Latin jazz to Brazilian batucada, and his musical compositions have been used in independent theatrical and film productions.

Poranguí has traveled and performed internationally including for The Chopra Institute, TEDx, Lightning in a Bottle, Symbiosis, Beloved Festival, SXSW Yoga, and Illuminate Film Festival and collaborated with Rising Appalachia, Desert Dwellers, Climbing PoeTree, Shaman’s Dream, Liquid Bloom, Ayla Nereo, and many others.

In sound design and media production, Poranguí recently worked with director Mitch Schultz (“DMT: The Spirit Molecule”) and executive producer Aubrey Marcus on “Ayahuasca,” a documentary set in the Amazon. The soundtrack to the film “Ayahuasca,” released in 2016, is Poranguí’s debut solo album. 2017 brought a Remix album of “Ayahuasca” presented by Shamans Dream and released under Desert Trax label, as well as a number of collaborative tracks with Liquid Bloom.

The work continues to unfold. For Poranguí, this diverse creative practice is not only a profession but a calling.

“Approaching music from beyond the perspective of an entertainer, but rather as a healer, my intention is always to help move the energy in this space. How can I support this audience, these fellow humans, to shake off their funk and remember what it means to be free and fully expressed, what it means to love and be loved, what it means to be more authentically human.”