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Bill Mann Being new to Bandcamp, I wasn't happy about having to select a favourite track - because EVERY track in this album is a joy for the ears. Wonderfully sculpted compositions played and sung by musicians who are masters of their craft.
I will try to be brief but I must mention a few tracks: the joyous rhythms of Meu Rio; Awakening for its gentle melody, space, and lovely harmonies; Luana for the beautiful singing; o Voo da Mosca for the virtuosic, hypnotic, tight interplay of Guitar and Bass. Favorite track: Awakening.
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Awakening is the first solo album by Brazilian bassist, guitarist, and composer Itaiguara, released in the United States in May 2015. Its songs, 10 of which are original compositions, are an exploration of various styles of Brazilian music and beyond. These range from samba, bossa nova, baião, choro, and modifications of traditional Brazilian styles (afoxé in 3/4 and samba in 7/4), to chamber music, jazz waltz, funk, and Afro-Peruvian. The album features 20 musicians playing a variety of instruments including flutes, clarinet, bassoon, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, accordion, trumpet, guitar, drums, percussion, piano, violin, cello, bass, and vocals. The title track is a composition with a slow build, reminiscent of each day’s dawn, and also represents the figurative awakening in an artist’s career. For the composer, it signifies the journey from gaining experience as a sideman to articulating his vision through music.


released May 6, 2015

Itaiguara: guitar on tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10 & 11; bass guitar on tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9 & 11; double bass on tracks 2, 6 & 8; backing vocals on track 6
Oriente Lopez: flute on tracks 1, 2, 4, 6 & 8; piccolo flute on track 7; alto flute on track 10
Mauricio Zottarelli: drums on tracks 1, 4, 7 & 8; percussion on tracks 6, 9 & 11
Jorge Continentino: clarinet on track 2, tenor sax on tracks 4, 7 & 11; baritone sax on track 4; wooden flute (pífano) on track 5
Klaus Mueller: piano on tracks 1, 2, 6 & 8
Paulo Braga: drums on tracks 3, 5, 6 & 11
Gilmar Gomes: percussion on 3, 5 & 11
Davi Vieira: percussion on tracks 1, 5 & 7
Laura Metcalf: cello on tracks 1, 2 & 6
Cidinho Teixeira: piano on tracks 3, 7 & 11
Dom Salvador: accordion on tracks 1 & 8
Nadia Maudhoo: violin on tracks 1 & 2
Greta Panettieri: vocals on tracks 3 & 6
Jessé Sadoc: trumpet on tracks 4 & 7; flugelhorn on track 4
Rob Curto: accordion on track 5
Janet Grice: bassoon on track 2
Naná Brandao: vocals on track 3
Eliano Braz: violin on track 5
Ofer Assaf: tenor sax on track 6
Yotam Silberstein: electric guitar on track 9

All songs are composed by Itaiguara except track 3 by Itaiguara & Naná Brandao and track 9 by Jacob Bittencourt.
All songs are arranged by Itaiguara.
The album was recorded in New York City and Rio de Janeiro from May to November 2015.

Production details
Recording Engineers: Michael Brorby, John Davis, Kamilo Kratc, David Stoller, and Toninho Silva
Mixing & Mastering Engineer: Dave Darlington at Bass Hit Recording, NYC
Producer: Itaiguara Brandao
Photography: Deynsy
Recorded in New York City, USA at Acoustic Recording, The Bunker Studio, Soundworks Recording, Samurai Hotel Recording, and in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at Zaga Music.

Additional Credits
Arranging consultants: Mike Longo, Oriente Lopez, Klaus Mueller
Pre-production assistants: Mauricio Zottarelli, Gilmar Gomes
Project consultant: Marcos Vigio



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Itaiguara is a New York City-based recording artist and bassist/guitarist. A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he has toured internationally and recorded extensively with a wide range of Latin and World Music artists such as: Dom Salvador, Marcos Valle, Chuck Loeb, Leny Andrade, Paulo Braga, Randy Brecker, Roberto Menescal, Leo Gandelman, Paquito D'Rivera ...
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Track Name: Meu Rio
Itaiguara/Naná Brandao

Eu voltei, voltei pra ficar
Esquecer o que deixei pra trás
Rever todos que amei e com quem vivi
Vamos recomeçar do ponto em que parti
Meu Rio, Meu Rio
Enfim pra viver eu tenho seu calor
O mar, o céu, no morro o Redentor
Jardins pelo litoral, vento, areia e sal
És por assim dizer cidade maravilha...
Leblon, Copa, Ipanema, São Conrado
Carnaval, Futebol, Mar, Luar e Sol, só no Rio
Batucada, Alegria, Surdo e Violão

Tentei, mesmo assim não pude te esquecer
Jurei voltar, logo pra te ver
Meu coração samba sem querer, o que é que eu vou fazer?
Eu sonho com você cidade maravilha...
Leblon, Barra, Copacabana, São Conrado
Carnaval, Futebol, Mar, Luar e Sol, só no Rio
Batucada, Alegria, Surdo, Violão, um Tan-Tan e um Pandeiro (só no Rio de Janeiro)

Eu vim pra te dizer que estou de volta
Track Name: Luana

When you had to go away
My life was in disarray
Till I understood, finally
You would have all you’d ever need

When you were born you were given the moon
Then the smile, the grace, the wisdom followed soon
Deep in your eyes I could see the light
You’re a gift to life

Now, though I’m not by your side
I still strive to earn your pride
And your faith in me, dear
My little girl, my hope, my love