18th June 2022

Mario Bakuna Band: Brazilian Landscapes

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After a very successful season performing at international festivals and prestigious music venues in Europe, Africa and Brazil, promoting his previous album – “Where Rio de Janeiro Meets Bahia” – Mario Bakuna’s latest release is Brazilian Landscapes.

Conceived by Mario Bakuna, Brazilian Landscapes features new arrangements of material by 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.

Brazilian Landscapes is a tribute to the culture and memory of Brazilian people and is the result of years of inspiration Mario Bakuna 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.

Mario Bakuna is a London-based Brazilian composer, singer and guitar player, with twenty years of professional experience. He is a graduate of the Free University of Music in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Whilst there he studied with musicians such as Olmir Stocker, Roberto Sion and Roberto Bomilcar (the pianist who played with Frank Sinatra during his visit to Brazil). He travelled to Europe to expand his research, and since settling in London, has become one the most prominent names and a reference of Brazilian Music in England. He’s been playing in the best music venues in the UK and abroad alongside musicians such as Jean Toussaint, Liam Noble, Ricardo dos Santos, Edmundo Carneiro, Cacau Queiroz, Alain Jean Marie, Dudu Penz, Nelson Ayres and Filó Machado. His previous album’s show – recorded in Paris alongside the renowned Brazilian percussionist Edmundo Carneiro – travelled to pretty much most countries in Europe, not to mention Brazil and Africa, with sold-out nights and great feedback everywhere. In 2021, he released his album as a quartet – Brazilian Landscapes.

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