"Project Sambalele" sessions!

Last Tuesday we had an incredible studio session for "Project Sambalele" (title TBA), an upcoming simulator and rhythm game about the biggest party in the world. We recorded lots of samba school goodness, and we had a batch of improvised instruments (hand saw, scissors, match box, pencils and even a sewing machine!!)

Yes, I'm recording a hand saw. Daniel Mafra, the game designer, giving me a hand (or a foot).

Yes, I'm recording a hand saw. Daniel Mafra, the game designer, giving me a hand (or a foot).

Here's Bombril—a percussionist from Teresópolis that has played with me in many a gig—getting his repenique ready for action.

Here's Bombril—a percussionist from Teresópolis that has played with me in many a gig—getting his repenique ready for action.

Here's Thiaguinho sampling a cuíca!

Here's Thiaguinho sampling a cuíca!

And the mandatory team shot—clockwise, Daniel Mafra (on the yellow shirt, the game designer), me, Thiaguinho (on the back, percussionist), Maurício (cavaquinho/seven-string guitar), Denis Quaglio (with the huge beard, really great bassist, was a part of our choir), Márcio Pombo (on the red shirt, the studio owner and engineer for the session, and my first piano teacher almost 20 years ago) and Bombril (thumbs up, percussionist).

And the mandatory team shot—clockwise, Daniel Mafra (on the yellow shirt, the game designer), me, Thiaguinho (on the back, percussionist), Maurício (cavaquinho/seven-string guitar), Denis Quaglio (with the huge beard, really great bassist, was a part of our choir), Márcio Pombo (on the red shirt, the studio owner and engineer for the session, and my first piano teacher almost 20 years ago) and Bombril (thumbs up, percussionist).

Visiting That Game Orchestra

Today I'm just back from visiting That Game Orchestra, a group of 12 young musicians (4 violins, viola, cello, bass, 2 flutes, bassoon, piano and percussion) dedicated to playing video game music. I sat through their rehearsal and we had a long talk afterwards—guess we could be collaborating soon! 

On the way to São Paulo I had a weird dream on the bus—during Daylight Savings all instruments would transpose up one semitone. 

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Those guys know what's good—not a single transposing instrument aside from the bass (and it's an octave transposition, so we're cool). It's an arranger's dream!

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First post!

Hello all!

What better way to begin this blog? Last Monday and Tuesday—November 11 and 12 (my birthday!) we had the second string sessions for the 8 o'clock novela, Amor à Vida, produced by my great friend and mentor Iuri Cunha. The team of musicians led by the incredible violinist Bernardo Bessler did an incredible job with my arrangements and, needless to say, we left the studio very happy with the results. 

Recording strings on  Estúdio Drum  in Laranjeiras, Rio de Janeiro

Recording strings on Estúdio Drum in Laranjeiras, Rio de Janeiro

I miss my batons. The first one was gifted to the incredible conductor Luigi Pagliarini, who found it to be the perfect weight and size for him during our stay at the Seasons Music Festival in Yakima, WA; the second broke in two on the flight back to Brazil. This picture was taken right before I had to start conducting with my pencil—I find flailing my arms for hours very taxing.