Ed Woiski

Brazilian session musician

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I got the brazilian and latin grooves that you need! If you need some funk, pop and jazzy guitars with soul and deep pocket, I'm also your guy! Don't need to take my word, listen to the tracks <3 The traditional and innovative ways through the eyes and ears of a musician who also produces and understand the needs of a musician and producer =)

I can provide recordings of:
- Electric guitar,
- Brazilian mandolin (bandolim)
- Acoustic guitar
- Ukulele
- Tres cubano

- A track of any of those instruments in your song
- An arrangement for your song (sibelius)
- Instrumental tracks

- Transcription in pdf.

I began to study music at age 8 and never stopped. It's what I live for!
I've been playing and recording professionaly since 2004 and worked with lots of different genres, from pop to jazz, samba to cuban music.
My experience comes from the life of a full-time musician.

Throughout the years I have specialized in brazilian and latin music focused in the idea that all instruments are percussive instruments. There's an expression "Guitarra de tambor" witch means "percussive guitar" or a percussive way of playing the instrument. Those ideas combined with the joy of playing in the pocket serves as a compass to me.

All this time working with all these different styles made me capable of:
- Reading the environment
- Letting go of what I thing is best to better serve the music or the client's needs
- The importance of playing on time
- Understanding the role of an instrument in a particular genre
- Understanding the diference between different sections in an arrangement

Check me out on Spotify, Instagram, Facebook and my website.
Feel free to contact me for some brazillian love and sounds =)

Would love to hear from you. Click the contact button above to get in touch.

8 Reviews

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  1. Review by Ben V.
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    Wonderful musician. I needed Ed to create a whole tres & violao section inspired by a really old sample (difficult to hear / quite bad quality) and it turned out much greater than I ever would've thought. Not sure how he did it but the playing sounds magic :) the timing and phrasing on all different tracks turned out so well. can't wait to collaborate again.

  2. Review by Guilherme Kafé
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    Ed's commitment with the groove is shown since the first note you hear he playing. He really takes care with the sound of his instruments, with the finish touch. And you can count up on him for a great variety of genres and styles.

  3. Review by Kiko Woiski
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    If you want your recording to stand out, Ed is the guy. His energetic, precise and creative way of playing is all but generic.
    Very professional and easy to work with.
    Just check his recordings and you'll see what I'm talking about! (=

  4. Review by Emilio Martins
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    Ed is a amazing player ,and great producer!!
    Fantastic to work with him!!!!!!

  5. Review by Ivanbatucada
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    One of the great guitarists I had the pleasure of working with. If you need a guy who will solve your music contact Ed!

  6. Review by Bruno Elisabetsky
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    Ed is a very interesting and driven artist, having a number of different qualities and skills to collaborate on your project. He is a committed person on who you can trust and expect a careful treatment on your production, totally recommended!

  7. Review by Gustavo Martinez
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    Ed is an excellent professional, committed to his work. Great experience with Brazilian and latin rhythms as performer and producer. Highly recommended.

  8. Review by Pedro Henning - drummer
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    Ed is just phenomenal. Groove in the pocket with the best flavors on every genre. Easy talking, committed with the job, delivery everything on time. Such a a great professional that can bring on the best on your music.

Interview with Ed Woiski

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: The recording of the four singles from Timbiraçú's new record comming up soon. It's a very unique sound that mixes mbira music with brazilian music and the Mbira music from the shona people from Zimbabwe. I played guitar and arranged all the songs. All songs are in Timbiraçú's youtube channel.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: My solo bandolin record, Timbiraçú's debut album (Afro-brazilian world music), Quimbará debut album (latin music)

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: Yes =) Bruno Elisabetsky, Pedro Henning, Bruno Marques.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: It deppends. If you can afford the best mic on the best room with the best pre, then analog. Since it's rarely the case I have to go with: The one with the best result. Not uncommon to try to go full analog and get worse results then a good simulator.

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: My take will be alive =)

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: There are a lot of ways to be a musician. I like gigging and recording the most =)

  13. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  14. A: A good musician is good because he or she is gifted, not cause he or she studied hundreds and hundreds of hours.

  15. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  16. A: - Do you know what is missing in your song? - Do you have any preconceived ideas about what you want me to play? - Do you have a score or lead sheet? - How many instruments do you need me to play?

  17. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  18. A: I believe that to deliver an expressive take, the musician needs to be aware of that makes a take expressive. I study these aspects of music and always try to find it in all genres.

  19. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  20. A: Acoustic guitar, tres cubano, bandolim, electric guitar and amp.

  21. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  22. A: It's been a 17 year journey so far. Began working as a guitarrist on rock bands. When I discovered jazz it changed everything, not just because jazz is awesome but because eventually it opened my ears to other genres, ways of playing and ways of understanding music. Today I listen and play Changüi (cuban tradicional music) in my Tres Cubano or play every year in the brazilian Carnaval because of this search for percussive music.

  23. Q: How would you describe your style?

  24. A: I think it's a style focused on the rhythmic side of things. I will always try to make the listener dance or move their heads or tap their foot =)

  25. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  26. A: Fearless Flyers would be nice. The groove is insane! It's just insane =)

  27. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  28. A: It's better to have poorly recorded excellent take then a lifeless take in abbey road studios =)

  29. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  30. A: Mainly brazilian music (forró, samba, choro, ijexá, etc), world and pop music.

  31. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  32. A: I'm an awesome student =) The more we study the more we realize that music has no end.

  33. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  34. A: A performance that feels alive, that comes from a musician that listen to the other musicians.

  35. Q: What's your typical work process?

  36. A: First I listen to the song to understand it's genre and what's the intention of the arrangement. Then I create a map of it with form, intentions, etc. After building this guidelines I begin the process of playing along with the music to create all the ideas that will be polished to become the final recording.

  37. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  38. A: The signal chain is: - DPA4099 picks up all my acoustic instruments - Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 - iMac - Studio One - Fabfilter plugins for reverb, comp or other effects For the electric guitar: - Mooer preamp (cab off) - Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 - Studio One - Two Tone Wall Of Sound (cab simulator) - Fabfilter plugins for reverb, comp or other effects

  39. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  40. A: As a musician, the groove of a song inspires me. That's what made me gravitate to brazilian music, cuban and afrocuban music, Zimbabwe's Mbira music, and other genres that focus on the rhythm. It's not different when I find those rhythmic elements in other genres and musicians like Cory Wong, Scary Pockets, Snarky Puppy. The music that makes me move and feel grabs my attention =)

  41. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  42. A: Usually I'm a gigging musician. In most gigs I'm a musician and some cases the musical director as well. Groups like Timbiraçú (on spotify) I play guitar and write the arrangements. Others like Zitkani I'm the bandolim player.

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Gear Highlights
  • DPA 4099 microphone
  • Focusrite 2i2
  • Mac
  • Avid Sibelius
  • Fender Stratocaster
  • Luthier Bandolim
  • Luthier Tres Cubano
  • Luthier Acoustic Guitar (Nylon)
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