'Brazilian Landscapes' is the new project conceived by Mario Bakuna
featuring new arrangements of material by great composers such as Marcos Valle, Claudio Bertrami, Gilberto Gil, João Bosco, and the 'forrozeiros' Dominguinhos and Luiz Gonzaga.
'Brazilian Landscapes' is a legitimate piece of Brazilian Jazz and a tribute to the culture and memory of Brazilian people and is the result of years of inspiration Mario drew upon while travelling through Brazil, experiencing its rhythmic and harmonic richness.
From the arid landscape in the northeast that's brought to the chorus of songs of forró, baião and xaxado, to the African influence found in Ijexá, the popularity of Samba and the sophistication of Bossa Nova, Mario and his musicians celebrate the most musically-rich territory on Earth.
released May 1, 2021
Mario Bakuna on Acoustic Guitar, Vocals and Vocal Trumpet
Sam Watts on Piano
Matheus Nova on Bass
Marcinho Pereira on Drums
Produced by Mario Bakuna
Recorded at Drum Intuition Studio, London, October 2020
Mixed and Mastered by Fellipe Baldauf
Artwork by Alê Prade
Where Rio de Janeiro Meets Bahia
'Where Rio de Janeiro meets Bahia' is a musical journey to Rio de Janeiro, the birthplace of Bossa Nova and on to Bahia, the city that best represents the powerful African influence in Brazilian music. Mario and Edmundo integrate the rhythmic roots of Brazilian music and its sophisticated harmonies. The album is a celebration of some of the greatest Brazilian composers and performers including the likes of Dorival Caymmi and (of course) Tom Jobim. Over to them for the final word: “We promise to transport the audience to a place where the real and the imaginary are experienced, all enhanced by the poetry of music”.
released January 1, 2019
Mario Bakuna on acoustic guitar, voice and vocal trumpet
Edmundo Carneiro on percussion
Special guests: Pierre Bailot on fluets and soprano saxophone (3, 6) and Luiz de Aquino on acoustic guitar (1)
Produced by Mario Bakuna and Edmundo Carneiro
Executive Producer: Marie-France Auguet & Sophie Maître
Recorded by Luiz de Aquino at Studio Paraiso, Paris, May 2018
Mixed and Mastered by Luiz de Aquino and Véronique Le Berre
Photography and artwork by Patricia Castilho