Monday, 25 April 2011

Erio Meili passes

The EBB reports with great regret the death of Erio Meili on 20 April 2011 as the result of an infarction. Erio, born 27 October 1947 in Switzerland, had made his home for many years in Sao Paulo, Brazil. A successful businessman, he was the founder of the vigorous São Paulo Bluegrass Music Association and the South American Bluegrass Network, and was known throughout the world as an indefatigable worker for bluegrass music. He is on the right in the above photo by Lilly Pavlak, jamming with Bill Keith at IBMA's World of Bluegrass 2000; Erio's own comment on the photo was: 'Must have been when we were picking the Pike County Breakdown!'

WAMU's Bluegrass Country reported on Friday 22 April:

The bluegrass community lost two dear friends today with the passing of Hazel Dickens and Erio Meili.

Listen to this week’s featured news honoring the memory of Hazel Dickens. Dickens was a bluegrass pioneer whose recording career spanned over 50 years. She was recently profiled on WAMU’s Metro Connection. You can listen to that piece here. To the best of our knowledge, this was Hazel’s last interview.

Erio Meili was a trailblazer for bluegrass music in South America. President of the São Paolo Bluegrass Association (Brazil), Erio passed along his love of bluegrass through tireless grassroots efforts and was a constant presence on WAMU’s Bluegrass Country via a weekly segment which aired on Mike Kear‘s 'Music from Foggy Hollow'. Listen to a sample of Erio’s work here, recorded during the 2010 World Cup.

Bob Cherry's Cybergrass sums up:

Erio was bigger than life and bluegrass music was his life. His contributions to international bluegrass were just as big. He will be missed by those that knew him all around the world.

Erio will be missed most by his wife Maria, his sons Leandro and Bruno, and his sister Erika.