Caçador – New Single is Released!

New song released today, Caçador is my latest “baby”. Quite an adventure to create this one and I’m pleased to share the background with you. The instruments recorded:

  • Guitar – I’ve used my 8 strings guitar;
  • Berimbau – Tuned to follow the guitar, and I must say, it is always a challenge to get the Berimbau in tune;
  • Shekere – in the last part.
  • Kalabaça – just in the introduction.

I’m truly passioned about mixing Berimbau and Guitar. It does require adjusting the coming and rhythm of the Guitar comping and I simply love that.

Berimbau, an African instrument used also for Capoeira (Brazilian martial art – one of my passions), is played in different rhythms, which are called “Toques” in Portuguese. Each “Toque” defines the pace and the style you play Capoeira. In this song, I’ve used Iúna.

Iúna is a bird and the name of a Capoeira  “Toque” and “Jogo” used for graduated students. And better than too many words, here you have invitation to listen the song below. I hope you enjoy!

My Current IT Gear for Audio and Video

I just noticed it has been long time I don’t update what gear I am using for audio and recently, video recording. I’m my “open book” practice, and sharing everything I use. Also, would be happy to answer questions, listen recommendations and comments. At the end, we all learn a lot from the collaboration and everybody wins. My focus is on acoustic instruments and I record old school, really playing instruments.

So here we go:

  • Computer platform: I’m still using my old iMac 2011. And believe me, still rocks! macOS Catalina and working beautifully. Only additional element is the extra monitor.
  • DAW (Digital Audio Interface): After many years using ProTools, I’ve decided to give it a try to Reaper. Amazing software and that deserves a full post, which I will write soon.
  • Audio Interface: I’ve been a fan of Focusrite. My Scarlett 2i2 1st generation was doing a great job and I’ve learnt a lot with it. Time to upgrade and it would be a no brainer to keep the same interface, but latest generation. But… there’s always a but! I’ve found somewhere the PreSonus ioStation 24c. Couldn’t resist and got one, although I was not sure it would work nicely with Reaper. So far so good, and again, it deserves a dedicated post.
  • I still keep my Mackie Mix8 to act as an audio hub to my speakers. Nothing more than that.
  • Speakers: Genelec is my passion, I’m used to it and how it sounds, so make it easier to mix. I ‘m married with my pair of Genelec 8020A.
  • Headphone: Audio-Technica ATH-M50x

More to come on my guitars, other instruments, acoustics and microphones.

Curumim and Estudo Infantil N. 1 – Singles Released!

My son Pedro was born almost 13 years ago and it was such an important “source” of inspiration. I will save all the details of parenthood, which is something I would call as life transformational. Still, around 2 years later, my daughter Nara was born and more music was produced.

The songs I’ve made for them were released and you can listen them below. Curumim, recorded with two guitars, was made to my son. A 3/4 song, which came straight away by observing how sweet he acts, his movements and particularly his first smile to me. Unforgettable. Estudo Infantil N. 1, recorded with one guitar, 2/4 was made to make my daughter to sleep. She was so peaceful and seemed to enjoy listening the sound of the guitar, which again, came almost automatically by just being next to her.

Hope you enjoy the songs!

Playlist Campaign

Musicians: you all know how important is to get heard once your song is out in the digital platforms.

Are you a non mainstream independent musician and/or group, in the indie, jazz, fusion, choro, samba, baião, forró, côco, maracatu, flamenco and world music space?   

Get to know “The Unknown Space” playlist and feel free to submit your best song to me, so I can add it there. How to do it, in 5 steps: 

  1. Find me in Instagram and message me your song’s Spotify or Apple Music link
  2. Your song will be in “The Unknown Space” for at least 60 days (probably more)
  3. Ask your audience to follow and listen this playlist – everybody wins!
  4. It would be nice (but not necessary) if you follow me as well.
  5. Enjoy 😉

Músicos: vocês sabem o quanto é importante conseguir audiência depois do lançamento das suas músicas nas plataformas digitais.

Você é um músico ou grupo independente, fora do circuito comercial nos estilos indie, jazz, fusion, choro, samba, baião, forró, côco, maracatu, flamenco e world music?

Venha conhecer o playlist “The Uknown Space” e envie sua melhor gravação para ser adicionada, em 5 passos:

  1. Pelo Instagram, me envie uma mensagem com o link da sua música no Spotify ou Apple Music
  2. Sua música permanecerá no playlist “The Uknown Space” por pelo menos 60 dias (provavelmente mais)
  3. Peça a sua audiência para seguir e escutar esse playlist. Todos ganhamos!
  4. Agradeço se puder (mas é necessário) se me seguir também.
  5. Divirta-se!

Maraca de Prata released!

Today, Maraca de Prata is released. Song from Mestre Humberto de Maracanã, and the style is known as Boi Bumbá, Boi, Boi do Maranhão or Bumba Meu Boi.

You can see below the video we made together with Mestre Boca Rica, the one who came with the suggestion to me.

What a journey to reach the final song. This is a very interesting one as it is polyrhythmic style and instruments are playing in binary and ternary forms. We could say 2/4 and 3/4, or 2/4 and 6/8 and so on. In the guitar, bass line are played in 3 and the treble notes are played in 2. Pretty cool I must say!

A Morte do Capoeira

One more single released today. Thanks a lot to Amuse (https://www.amuse.io) for the outstanding service. Truly appreciate you exist 🙂

This is an interesting song, to mix berimbau and guitar, with lots of improvisation. A cool experimentation for me.

Coroa de Ouro – digital availability

Coroa de Ouro is now available in the digital platform of your choice. Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music, Deezer, Amazon, YouTube, you choose! I must say that I’m quite impressed with the quality of service that Amuse (www.amuse.io) provides. Outstanding!

I’ve truly enjoyed recording this song! With two guitars, cajon and cuíca, I believe it is the first ever recording of this public domain tune from Brazil.

Coroa de Ouro – now in Apple Music

Coroa de Ouro is now also available in Apple Music (as well as in all other digital platforms). Hope you enjoy! And stay tuned, more songs coming soon.

Coroa de Ouro – Single Released

I’m quite happy to have my single released: Coroa de Ouro!

Amuse, I’m impressed with the fantastic service!

Vim de Aruanda

COVID-19 remote recorded video, from a Capoeira song, arranged for guitar, voices and percussions. With Jana Crivelli, Abelha Iná and Urška Zore