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 and his band will be presenting his latest release at Teatro Munganga.
Conceived by Mario Bakuna, Brazilian Landscapes celebrates the best of Brazilian music and features new arrangements of material by great composers such as Emilio Santiago, Marcos Valle, Claudio Bertrami, Gilberto Gil, João Bosco, and the ‘forrozeiros’ Dominguinhos and Luiz Gonzaga.
Brazilian Landscapes is a legitimate piece of Brazilian Jazz and a tribute to the culture and memory of Brazilian people and is the result of years of inspiration Mario drew upon while travelling through Brazil, experiencing its rhythmic and harmonic richness.
From the arid landscape in the northeast referenced in the 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.
Line-up: Mario Bakuna (Acoustic Guitar and Vocals), Felippe Oliveira (Bass), Uccio Gaeta (Drums).
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 Mario Bakuna has become one of 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. Mario’s latest album as a band is Brazilian Landscapes.
Mario Bakuna Band – Melancia (Rique Pantoja): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqnuLiMy59s