Rocinante Team

Sylvio Fraga

Founding Partner and Artistic Director

Composer, poet, and author of books and albums. Graduated in Economics from the Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro, former director of the Antônio Parreiras Museum, with a Master’s in poetry from New York University. Fraga is the dreamer and caretaker of Rocinante’s albums, alongside the artistic board.

Pepê Monnerat

Founding Partner and Technical Director

Graduated in International Business from GGSB–Grenoble, former partner at Audio Rebel. Worked in Broadway musicals as sound designer. Has a Master’s in Audio Production from Westminster London. Has worked in studios since he was 15, as a recording and mixing engineer, with such artists as Caetano Veloso, Elza Soares, Orkestra Rumpilezz, and Marcos Valle; with Erasmo Carlos, he won the Grammy Latino award for best rock album. He is currently PA technician for Jorge Ben Jor. Creator and caretaker of Studio Rocinante and the Rocinante Factory.

Izabel Bellizzi

Executive Producer

Graduated in Fashion Design from SENAI CETIQT, with a graduate degree in Fashion Business and an MBA in Creative Modeling from Anhembi Morumbi University, having worked in this market’s executive segment in São Paulo. Life took its turns, and Izabel went to work in music and cultural production, initially with independent bands. Her love for the backstage and for watching production’s magic unfold led her to take extension courses like Music and Business at the Catholic University in Rio. She joined Diversão E Arte as a production assistant and later took over road production for Mahmundi, and then moved to the entertainment production company Rinoceronte Entretenimento, working with Danilo Caymmi, Nelson Motta, and others.

Cassiano Milhomem

Studio Manager and Production

Technical degree in Polymers from IFRJ with a Bachelor’s degree in Recording Production from Estácio de Sá University. Cassiano’s love for music and technology dates to his early childhood, and he decided to focus his life and studies on this area of work, garnering experience in music recording and dubbing studios. Worked as an intern at the Institute of Macromolecules of UFRJ and Bravo Studios.

Jonathan Dias

Studio and Production Assistant

Born and raised in Rocinha, Jonathan is pursuing an undergraduate teaching degree in Music from the Federal University in Rio de Janeiro, where he has been a student researcher in the Teachers’ Training Program. He has also been a music teacher in the Workshop for Success social project in Rocinha.

Associate Professionals

Duda Mello

Sound Engineer

Graduated in History from the Catholic University in Rio. Duda studied Guitar and Musical Theory and Perception at the Antônio Adolfo Music Center; he studied Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Functional Harmony, and Musical Theory at Rio Música, under Sidney Linhares, Dino Rangel, and Sérgio Benevenuto. He received a diploma from the Institute of Audio Research in New York City in Recording Engineering & Music Production. He worked from 1996 to 2005 at Studios AR, starting in 1998 as hired recording and mixing engineer. Since 2005 he has worked as sound engineer and freelance producer, as well as PA technician in shows by various artists such as Adriana Calcanhotto, Gal Costa and Nina Becker. Nominated twice for Grammy Latino in the category Best Sound Engineering with “Jet Samba” by Marcos Valle and “Liebe Paradiso” by Celso Fonseca and Ronaldo Bastos. He has also worked as recording and mixing engineer with Moacir Santos, Caetano Veloso, Djavan, Toninho Horta, and many others.

Edu Costa

Sound Engineer

If you have turned on the radio in Brazil in the last 35 years, you have definitely heard work recorded and mixed by Edu Costa. Winner of numerous Grammy Latino awards. At Rock in Rio in 1985, he mixed the international broadcast of Paul McCartney’s show. His life in the studio began in the 1970s with Lincoln Olivetti, recording and developing pioneering studio techniques in Brazil. He was invited to work in the Transamérica studios with Carlos Duttweller, who has designed more than 540 studios around the world. He worked later at Impressão Digital, where he was the first sound engineer in Latin America to work on an SSL 4000 console, which followed him for several more years in his work as sound engineer at Studios AR.

Lula Rocha


Graduated in Visual Communication and Industrial Design at the Catholic University in Rio, with a Master’s in Design from the Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London. Teacher at the Department of Arts & Design at PUC-Rio since 1991. As a freelance designer, in addition to Rocinante, he currently works with the Serrapilheira Institute, the Institute of Studies for Health Policies (IEPS), and the Brazil LAB of Princeton University.

João Atala


João was born in Rio de Janeiro but is always traveling. He has worked as director of photography for 15 years. Has taken photographs as long as he can remember. Loves his friends and his home. His earliest memory is of a snake on his farm. Studied filmmaking in Rio and in San Francisco, California. Loves nature, airplanes, and airports. Always looks for the right reasons to guide him in any project. Photography director for the documentary “The Edge of Democracy”, by Petra Costa. The photographs at Rocinante are by João, on both the website and the albums, nearly always in analog format.

English translation: Christopher Peterson