Irma-Voz e Piano-Bossa Mediterranea "NUOVA"
with Two Award Songs (track #11 and #14) at International Songwriting Contest in USA.
=== ABOUT THIS ALBUM ===
Produced by: Teo Lima
All Music Arranged by: Irma
Recorded at: Cia dos Técnicos(Rio de Janeiro,Brazil)
Irma Yamaguchi(Vocals, Acoustic Piano,Background Vocals)
Teo Lima(Drums, Percussion)
Bororó (Bass, Guitar)
Márcio Lott(Background Vocals)
You can't miss the chance to realize that real music has a way of taking you to a place of PEACEFULNESS AND CALMNESS.
Even if you will hear this album repeatedly for dozens of years, you will still discover a new feeling. It's said one just doesn't tire of her music. It comes to you and soothes you with a COMFORT and JOY just like the noted albums of classical music.
Rich and warm tone wooes you into wanting to hear more and more. This album was recorded,mixed and mastered at one of top-ranking recording studios in Rio de Janeiro, by excellent engineers. You can also enjoy the MULTI-DIMENTIONAL SOUND with the quality.
---What a great joy to produce this album, which is the most rich in originality in recent years for me. I confess that I was impressed with sensitivity and musical talent of "Irma". In this first album, she shows maturity as a great star, singing, playing the piano, arranging and composing. --Teo Lima (accompanies Ivan Lins for many years, is also known as a Brazilian greatest drummer and producer for Djavan, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Sergio Mendes, Caetano Veloso, Dionne Warwick and many other stars.)
=== TRACKING LIST ===
1.L'universo Intero (from Italian Opera "La Traviata" / music:G.Verdi arrangement:Irma Yamaguchi)
2.Samba do Avião (music and lyrics: A.C.Jobim arrangement:Irma Yamaguchi)
3.Non Si Ferma(music and lyrics: Irma Yamaguchi)
4.Maria Marí (Napoletana / music: E.di Capua, lyrics: V.Russo arrangement:Irma Yamaguchi)
5.Samba d'Universo(music and lyrics,arrangement: Irma Yamaguchi)
6.Night and Day(music and lyrics: C.Porter arrangement:Irma Yamaguchi)
7.Una Voce(music and lyrics,arrangement: Irma Yamaguchi)
8.Se Todos Fossem Iguais a Você (music: A.C.Jobim, lyrics: V.de Moraes arrangement:Irma Yamaguchi)
9.Samson et Dalilah(from French Opera /music: C.Saint-Saëns arrangement:Irma Yamaguchi)
10.Desafinado(music:A.C.Jobim, lyrics: N.Mendonça arrangement:Irma Yamaguchi)
11.Boss Nova Canta(music and lyrics,arrangement: Irma Yamaguchi)**AWARD SONG at International Contest in 2009
12.Chi Torna(music and lyrics,arrangement: Irma Yamaguchi)
13.Ave Maria(music: J.S.Bach=C.F.Gounod arrangement:Irma Yamaguchi)
14.Per Dove? (music and lyrics,arrangement: Irma Yamaguchi)**AWARD SONG at International Contest in 2007
15.Dee Volar (from Italian Opera "La Traviata" / music:G.Verdi arrangement:Irma Yamaguchi)
=== ABOUT THE ARTIST ===
Irma Yamaguchi (composer,arranger,pianist,novelist,vocalist)
MULTI-GIFTED COMPOSER, Irma Yamaguchi has successfully built "HER GRAND UNIVERSE"
with a very distinctive style of expression.
Because of her unusual and interesting background, her sound world has evolved into a unique combination of music and culture. Irma's influences include Romanticism in the 19th century, Piano Music,Italian Opera, Italian language, Brazilian classical music and MPB.
Roberto Menescal,Oscal Castro Neves,Christos Hatzis,Zeca Pagodinho and many other mentors have admired her talent,composing,arranging,playing and singing. Through her really original approach,she has bridged the gap between classical and popular music with her innovative blending of world cultures. She has realized that compositions of great composers of the past is not always accessible for people in the modern era. She feels it's her mission to introduce a new interpretation to classical music FOR THE LISTENERS OF TODAY,with contemporary rhythms and musical feelings.
Born in Tokyo. Her father was an expert singer. Her mother was a painter and also a dress designer. Her uncle is a researcher of classical music. At a very early age, she noticed the worth of the art of Frédéric Chopin, Maria Callas and Luchino Visconti and started her musical studies.
She sang in the church choir as a soloist for nine years.
Her professional music career began as a pianist and a composer at ballet companies. At the same time, she sang in some musicals acting in the main roles. After a while, she was invited to join a professional jazz band and won several prizes.
Since she had been always searching her own music, traveling, living and learning all over the world more than fourty countries.
In 2005, a first-line drummer and producer Teo Lima, who worked with Antonio Carlos Jobim,Dionne Warwick,Sergio Mendes,Caetano Veloso,Ivan Lins and many others, found out extraordinary talent of Irma.He produced her debut album "Voz e Piano - Bossa Mediterrânea NUOVA" released in 2007.with all his might, to get abroad her music all over the world.
In 2007, she made her world debut and started to perform in concerts around the world.
In 2007, her composition named "Per Dove?" (TRACK #14 of her debut album"Voz e Piano - Bossa Mediterrânea NUOVA" / Available at CDBaby.com, Amazon.com and iTunes)were recognized as Honorable Mentions at Unisong International Contest,in USA.
In 2009,her composition named "Bossa Nova Canta"(TRACK #11 of her debut album "Voz e Piano" - Bossa Mediterrânea NUOVA" / Available at CDBaby.com,Amazon.com and iTunes) were recognized as Top Finalists at Unisong International Contest,in USA.
Since 2008, she has concentrated on composing, especially CLASSICAL PIANO SOLO WORKS.
Since 2010,she focused more on composing and performing her own CLASSICAL PIANO WORKS.
In 2011, her album " TRUE HAPPINESS - Between CHOPIN and JOBIM,Composes,Plays and Sings" has been released.(Available at CDBaby.com)
--- Irma Yamaguchi would like to share with many people THE TIME TO SMILE FROM THE BOTTOM OF THEIR HEARTS, feeling the greatest love of European classical music, the Mediterranean culture, Brazil's musical identity and the way of Cariocas(residents of Rio de Janeiro), LIVING WITH CALMNESS,enthusiasm, BREATHING AND PHRASING NATURALLY.
=== Influences ===
Classical Music, Brazilian Music(Bossa Nova,MPB,Samba de Rio de Janeiro,Brazilian Classical Music), Italian Music(Opera,Canzone,Pop Music,Film Music and Folklore),Many kinds of other European Music (Pop and Film Music),Jazz and American Show Tunes,Other World Music(African,Arabian Pop,Hungarian Folklore,Music of Israel, Indian Pop,etc...)
"BUT,IN FACT,THE GREATEST INFLUENCES FOR MY MUSIC COME FROM HUMANS AND ALL LIFE ON EARTH. I'VE MET UNTIL NOW.For example,parents,husband,friends,mentors,wild birds,dogs,trees,flowers and so on.MUSIC IS BASED ON YOUR LIFE STYLE, THE WAY OF THINKING AND YOUR TRUE SOUL,as you know. I love all kinds of music natural and manmade,including the call of birds,the sound of waves,the rustling of tree branches, shining sun and the sound of the blowing sand on the beach." (Irma Yamaguchi)
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