'Brazilian Landscapes' is the new project conceived by Mario Bakuna with arrangements by Mario Bakuna, Matheus Nova, Marcinho Pereira, and Sam Watts. The band plays new arrangements of great composers such as Emilio Santiago, Marcos Valle, Claudio Bertrami, Rique Pantoja, Gilberto Gil, Djavan, João Bosco, Arismar do Espirito Santo, and the 'forrozeiros' Dominguinhos and Luiz Gonzaga, in a remarkable performance that celebrates the best of Brazilian Music.
'Brazilian landscapes' is the result of years of inspiration traveling through Brazil and experiencing its rhythmic and harmonic richness. The arid landscape in the Northeast of Brazil that's brought to the chorus of songs of forró, baião and xaxado. The African influence found in Ijexá. The popularity of Samba. The sophistication of Bossa Nova. 'Brazilian landscapes' is a tribute to the culture and memory of the Brazilian people.
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