Rio de Janeiro, the birthplace of Bossa Nova. Bahia, the city that best represents the powerful African influence in Brazilian music.
Mario Bakuna & Edmundo Carneiro will integrate the rhythmic roots of Brazilian music and its sophisticated harmonies in a very special duo performance – acoustic guitar, voice and Percussion – celebrating great Brazilian composers and presenting some original compositions.
Mario Bakuna on acoustic guitar & vocals
Edmundo Carneiro on Percussion
Mario Bakuna is a London-based Brazilian composer, singer and guitar player, with over fifteen 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 (pianist who played with Frank Sinatra during his visit to Brazil). Mario has worked alongside the trombonist Itacir Bocato, guitarist Renato Consorte, and other big names from the São Paulo music scene.
His study focusses on the development of an instrumental music repertoire; inspired by the greats of Jazz and Bossa Nova.
In addition to developing new arrangements of music by enshrined Brazilian artists as Tom Jobim, Paulo Moura, and João Donato, in recent years he has been focussing to reinterpretations of Samba Jazz – a music that emerged in Rio de Janeiro in the 50s and was pioneered by musicians like Luiz Eça, Tamba Trio, Edson Machado, among others. Their repertoire was based on Brazilian standards with more sophisticated harmonies, inspired on the post-Bossa Nova movement.
Recently, he travelled to Europe to expand his research, and since moving to London, he has been performing alongside musicians such as: Jean Toussaint, Liam Noble, Roberto Manzin, Ricardo dos Santos, Edmundo Carneiro, Cacau Queiroz, Alain Jean Marie, Filó Machado, and Andrew Mccormack.
With a carreer playing alongside Tânia Maria, Baden Powell, Chucho Valdez, Marcus Miller, De La Soul, Ana de Hollanda, Rosinha de Valenca, Monica Passos, Mike Porcaro, Toots Thielmans, Johnny Clegg, Robin di Maggio, Eddie Gomez, Betinha B, Ali Farka Touré, Lou Marini, Klaus Mueller, Ivan Lins, Alvaro Petersen, Maria de Medeiros, Arthur H, Jacques Higelin.
Percussionist of his own style, Carneiro also experienced successfully electronic music by working with several artists and DJs such as Ollano, Next Evidence, Bob Sinclar, Schazz, Saint Germain, Rive Gauche, Charles Schillings, Ariel Wizman, Stéphane Pompougnac, Gregory and Dario Buente.