Award winning bassist, guitarist and composer (Marvin Hamlisch Award, Premio da Musica Brasileira, Berklee Achievement Scholarship). Current bassist of Dianne Reeves Brazilian project. 6,500 performances/recordings since 1995.
I’m a professional bassist (electric and upright) and acoustic guitarist from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, performing and recording in New York since 1995. I specialize in Brazilian music and I have performed with world-class musicians including Dianne Reeves, Ivan Lins, Angelique Kidjo, Marcos Valle, Toquinho, Leny Andrade, Romero Lubambo, and Paquito de Rivera.
I performed at many prestigious venues and events around the world, such as the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, the Grand Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the Teatro Real in Madrid, and the Sydney Opera House in Australia.
I have a bachelors degree from Berklee College of Music (Summa Cum Laude) and a master's degree in jazz composition from Queens College.
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- Dianne Reeves
- Ivan Lins
- Marcos Valle
- Paul Simon
- Angelique Kidjo
- Carlos Lyra
- Roberto Menescal
- Leny Andrade
- Joyce Moreno
- Paquito D'Rivera
- Claudio Roditi
- Paulo Braga
- Dom Salvador
- Chuck Loeb
- Randy Brecker
- Leo Gandelman
- Robin Eubanks
- Jovino Santos-Neto
- Emílio Santiago
- Elba Ramalho
- Guilherme Arantes
- Romero Lubambo
- Antonio Adolfo
- Jaques Morelembaum
- Paula Morelenbaum
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Interview with Itaiguara Brandao
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: 1- general guidelines for the vibe they're looking for, or a similar example online. 2 - An mp3 (or wav) of the song, with the tempo (metronome marking in BPM) 3 - A pdf or handwritten chart, if available
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: When I receive the audio files from the client I transcribe it (if necessary), practice my part, and play a couple of times along with the track. I try to memorize it as much as possible so the take sounds more organic. After recording a couple of takes I listen back to the best one, and if something bothers me I punch in a correction until I'm happy with it.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a Geffell M930, a great condenser mic that I use for the guitar and upright bass. Sometimes I use it to mic my Mark Bass amp on electric bass recordings as well, in addition to the DI track. To be able to send a DI track and a mic track I use two pre-amps of top notch quality, Vintech x73i. I run the signal from the pre-amps into a Apogee converter, and then into my DAW, Logic Pro 10.4.4. I have a 5-string Sukop electric bass, a Fender Precision Plus, two upright basses from the Czech Republic (a plywood and a 100-year-old carved wood), and three Spanish classical guitars. I can film the session with adequate lighting, using two soft boxes and two umbrella lights.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Nowadays, during the quarantine, I mostly do remote recordings in my home studios. I mostly record bass tracks, sometimes with video if the client asks for it.