Brothers Barbarian, Season 2

Brothers Barbarian, the web series about two young warriors magically turned old (and fat) is back for Season 2 and I've been invited to be in charge of the soundtrack again! 

We have had the illustrious presence of the famous artist Larry Elmore (as the Old Wizard) and Dragonlance writer Margaret Weis (as the Evil Witch) in the previous season and I can't wait to see what the Brothers are planning for this one! 

GhastyGhasto is out for Christmas!

For the first of two Christmas releases, this is the soundtrack to (takes deep breath) Ghasty and Ghasto in "The Enchanted Troll", A-Nether Minecraft Story by my awesome buddies from ZombieChickenTaco. I had loads of fun working on this music as you can probably tell from listening to the OST in this link!

The game itself is coming live soon! 

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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Novela soundtrack records are out!

This year, I've been lucky enough to have my work as pianist, keyboardist, arranger and conductor featured prominently in three novelas that air every week day and Saturdays in Brazil: Malhação, Sangue Bom and Amor à Vida. Since I spent most of my time on the past week traveling up and down and working on my current projects, I thought this was a good opportunity to show these records that came out recently:

And they are both on iTunes! Here's Amor à Vida by Iuri Cunha and Sangue Bom by Victor Pozas. You can listen to a good chunk of the CD with these links!

And they are both on iTunes! Here's Amor à Vida by Iuri Cunha and Sangue Bom by Victor Pozas. You can listen to a good chunk of the CD with these links!

The quality is top-notch; we recorded some of the finest musicians in Rio de Janeiro. I thank my mentors João Paulo Mendonça (musical producer for Malhação), Victor Pozas (musical producer for Sangue Bom) and Iuri Cunha (musical producer for Amor à Vida) for the frequent opportunities to take part on endeavors like these! 

Visiting QUByte

Today I had the pleasure of visiting QUByte Interactive's headquarters in São Paulo. They're a prolific game studio and I've been really meaning to make music for these folks lately—and we're working to make it happen for three great upcoming titles. 

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On the way back I failed to outrun a summer storm and came back soaked. I hope I don't catch a cold. Nobody's got time for that!

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.