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Arnaldo as Composer





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Gazzara, "Brother and Sister", Silence/Ritmica #CD SILRIT0010 (2006).[CD]

The track "O Passarinho" was co-written and co-produced by Arnaldo DeSoutiero. 

Here is what he had to say about it in his blog (Portuguese and English included):

O primeiro post de Setembro não poderia deixar de ser relativo à minha felicidade neste verão (europeu), graças ao sucesso da música "O Passarinho", originalmente composta para o álbum "Brother and Sister" da superbanda Gazzara. Depois de "Love Needs Time", primeiro single do CD, a faixa "O Passarinho" foi escolhida como segundo single, lançado em fins de julho. Mas, mesmo antes desta honraria, com direito a excelentes remixes do DJ Tom Novy, a gravação original de "O Passarinho" começou a tocar bastante nas rádios, depois nas pistas de dança, entrou em diversos charts em toda a Europa e, agora, estourou de vez.

Já posso dizer que "O Passarinho" é o maior sucesso de Arnaldo DeSouteiro como compositor, sem comparação com as minhas outras experiências nesta área como letrista. Sem desmerecer as anteriores. Afinal, a letra (em parceria com Paulo Malaguti) para "Broadway Bossa Nova", que me transformou em parceiro oficial de Dave Brubeck, recebeu duas gravações diferentes de Ithamara Koorax, lançadas em singles e incluidas nos álbuns "Bossa Nova King Best Box" (1996) e "Bossa Nova Meets Drum 'n' Bass" (1998). Ambas de grande repercussão no Japão e elogiadas pelo meu querido amigo Brubeck, que solicitara uma tradução literal antes de autorizar a Derry Music a preparar o contrato de edição.

No verão passado, "Samba da Copa" (letra de Arnaldo DeSouteiro para o tema de Fabio Fonseca e Pedro Leão) ameaçou estourar na Europa. Incluida na compilação "A Trip To Brazil Vol.5: Copa do Mundo 2006", que produzi para a Universal, chegou a tocar bastante nas rádios, principalmente na Alemanha, mas também na Áustria, Inglaterra, Suiça e Itália. Começou a entrar no setlist de vários DJs importantes e havia a possibilidade de virar single enquanto o Brasil seguia na Copa a trancos e barrancos. Porém, com o vexame da precoce eliminação da seleção brasileira, a música foi parando de tocar e o disco, do qual me orgulho muito pelo trabalho de pesquisa e pela qualidade da seleção musical e dos textos, foi parando de vender.

De qualquer modo, aliás, desvinculada agora do momento futebolístico, "Samba da Copa" (título conferido por mim, logicamente sob a aprovação de Fabio e Perdro) terá novas boas chances em breve, por estar incluida no aguardado novo disco do Fabio Fonseca Trio, "Opus Samba", já anunciado na Billboard.

Voltando a falar de "O Passarinho", preciso salientar a importância de sua escolha para a trilha sonora de "La Pupa e il Secchione", simplesmente o reality show de maior sucesso da TV italiana no momento - recordista absoluto de audiência, equivalente ao "Big Brother", e criado pela mesma empresa Endemol. Postarei em breve mais detalhes sobre o programa, mas centenas de vídeos estão no YouTube. E fico ainda mais feliz porque a versão incluida na trilha foi a original, co-produzida por mim antes dos remixes. Esta inclusão em "La Pupa e il Secchione" alavancou o sucesso de "O Passarinho" de uma maneira impressionante, fazendo disparar a execução da música nas rádios e nos clubes.

Tanto que, nos últimos dois meses, além do single e do CD com a trilha do reality show da TVI - comercializado também em edição especial, encartado em uma revista sobre o programa -, as versões originais e remixadas de "O Passarinho" também têm sido selecionadas para compilações recém-lançadas não apenas na Europa, como também no mercado asiático (Japão, Coréia, Taiwan, Singapura, Hong Kong, China) e até nos Estados Unidos. Entre elas: "Big Sur: Formentera", "Club Pineta: 50th Anniversaire", "Suave - Obsesión Latina", "Bossa na Praia" e outras programadas para os próximos meses.

Todas serão detalhadas nos posts seguintes. Hoje, me limitarei aos créditos do álbum "Brother and Sister", sem o qual nada disso estaria acontecido.


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The first message posted in September couldn’t be other than a comment about my happiness & joy regarding the fact that my song “O Passarinho” (originally written for the superband Gazzara album “Brother and Sister”) became a hit in this European summer. After “Love Needs Time”, the first single from the CD, the track “O Passarinho” was chosen as the second single, released in late July. But even before the issue of the excellent remixes by top German DJ Tom Novy, the original version was receiving heavy airplay and also became a dancefloor hit, appearing in many charts all over Europe. Now, it really boomed!

I can already say that “O Passarinho” is, up to now, Arnaldo DeSouteiro’s biggest hit as a composer, far more sucessful than any of my previous efforts as a lyricist. After all, the lyrics I co-wrote with Paulo Malaguti for Dave Brubeck’s “Broadway Bossa Nova”, was recorded twice by Ithamara Koorax for the albums “Bossa Nova King Best Box” (1996) and “Bossa Nova Meets Drum ‘n’ Bass” (1998). Both were approved by my longtime dear friend Dave Brubeck, and became very successful in Japan, where Ithamara’s recordings of the tune remain being included in several compilations through the years.

In the 2006 summer, “Samba da Copa” (lyrics written by Arnaldo DeSouteiro for a theme by Fabio Fonseca and Pedro Leão) almost became a hit in Europe. Almost...!Included on the “A Trip to Brazil Vol.5: Copa do Mundo 2006” compilation, which I had produced for Universal, it received a lot of airplay, mainly in Germany, but also in Austria, England, Switzerland and Italy. “Samba da Copa” began to appear in the setlist of many famous DJs and could have become a big dancefloor hit if the Brazilian soccer team had done a better “performance”. Although I remain very proud of that compilation for its artistic content, it didn’t achieve the huge sales that the label had anticipated. Blame it on the Brazilian fiasco in the 2006 World Cup.

Anyway, I keep good hopes for “Samba da Copa”, since it will be included on Fabio Fonseca Trio’s upcoming album “Opus Samba”, already mentioned on Billboard.

Back to “O Passarinho”. It’s essential to tell how important was the fact that it was selected for the soundtrack of “La Pupa e il Secchione”, the most popular reality show on the Italian TV – it’s the Italian “Big Brother”, created by the same Endemol company. Soon I’ll be posting more details about the show, but you can find anything about it Googling and checking the YouTube. It’s also worth to mention that “O Passarinho” was included in the soundtrack on its original version, which I co-produced with Gazzara.

After the big “help” of having the song included in the “La Pupa e il Secchione” soundtrack, released on CD as well as on a special issue inserted in a magazine about the reality show, “O Passarinho” has been selected for several best-selling compilations. In the last two months, both the original and the remixed versions, have appeared in such albums as “Big Sur: Formentera”, “Club Pineta: 50th Anniversary”, “Suave – Obsesión Latina”and “Bossa na Praia”, available all over Europe, as well as in the American and Asian markets (Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, China). And there are many more scheduled for release in the next months. All will be detailed here in a soon future, but for today I am including below the credits from Gazzara’s album “Brother and Sister”, the one that started all this success.

--Arnaldo DeSouteiro
September 1, 2007


Gazzara: "Brother and Sister"
(Silence/Ritmica CD SILRIT0010)
Distributed by Halidon

Tracklist:

1. Love Needs Time (Gazzara)
2. Love is the Answer (Gazzara)
3. Brother and Sister (Gazzara)
4. Rio Funk (Gazzara)
5. O Passarinho (Gazzara/Arnaldo DeSouteiro/Ithamara Koorax)
6. Lost Time in Porto (Gazzara)
7. Back to Memphis (Gazzara/Yasemin Sannino)
8. Train to Sambaville (Gazzara)
9. Pay to Play (Gazzara)
10. The Miracle of Your Smile (Gazzara/Yasemin Sannino)
11. Hang Up On My Baby (Isaac Hayes)
12. Orinoco (Gazara)
Bonus Track:
13. Brother and Sister - Canterbury Mix

Recorded at Boogie Productions (Rome), Silence Studio (Florence), Sound Way Studios (Los Angeles)

Musician personnel and album credits:

Gazzara - Producer, Fender Rhodes, Hammond Organ, Piano (Acoustic), Moog Synthesizer, Guitar (Acoustic), Engineer, Arranger
Bob Salton - Executive Producer
Marco Lamioni - Electric, Nylon & Slide Guitars, Producer
Andrea Varani - Cover Photo
Qzilla - Artwork
Ithamara Koorax - Vocals (Lead), Mouth Percussion, Vocal "Bird" Effects
Eduardo Piloto Barretto - Flute
Massimo Sanna - Bass (Electric), Guitar (Electric)
Arnaldo DeSouteiro - Producer, Engineer, Vocal Arrangements
Mauro Mirti - Drums, Percussion
Julia Bernat - Digital Transfers
Dan Anderson - Engineer
Yasemin Sannino - Vocals (Lead)
Luca Fogagnolo - Bass (Acoustic)
Wendy Lewis - Vocals (Lead & Backing)
Desirèe Mohammad - Vocals (Lead & Backing)
Jo Oakey - Vocals (Backing)

There is a review of this recording here:  http://www.swing2bop.com/reviews.html#261






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Various Artists, "Milano Marittima", Halidon #_________ (2008).[5-CD Box Set]

Includes Gazzara's track "O Passarinho", co-written & co-produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro.

Musician personnel and credits:

Gazzara - Performer
Marco Lamioni - Guitar, Producer
Ithamara Koorax - Vocals, Composer
Arnaldo DeSouteiro - Producer, Composer, Percussion
Ian Carey - Performer
Nicola Fasano - Vocals
Francesco Gazzara - Keyboards, Composer, Producer
Raffaella Carra - Vocals
Valeria Rossi - Vocals
Kaleidoscopio - Performer
Salomé da Bahia - Vocals





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Various Artists, "Jet Set Brasil", Halidon #FRCD 16 (2007).[CD Compilation]

One of the main tracks is "O Passarinho", the song co-written by Arnaldo DeSouteiro, Ithamara Koorax and Gazzara which became a radio and dancefloor hit in this European past summer after its inclusion on Gazzara's "Brother and Sister" album as well as on the sountrack of the TV reality show "La Pupa e il Secchione".

CREDITS:

Compiled by Stefano Colombo.
Alex Zullo - Executive Producer.
Mastering @ Swiss Traxx Studio, Zurich.
"Jet Set" is a brand of One Trybal UK Ltd.






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Various Artists, "Big Sur:  Formentera", Halidon # SIAE H6501 (2007).[2-CD Compilation Set]

The 2-CD set "Big Sur: Formentera" includes the dancefloor hit "O Passarinho", written by Gazzara, Arnaldo DeSouteiro and Ithamara Koorax.

Compiled & Mixed by Marco Fullone.





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Various Artists,
"Humming Bird: Melodies For Forest Café", Rambling Records #RBCP-2345 (2007).[CD Compilation]

The opening track is "O Passarinho", the song co-written by Arnaldo DeSouteiro, Ithamara Koorax and Gazzara.

Compiled by Takashi Fjiwara (Afternoon Tea Music).
Artwork by Naomi Katagiri.
Textile designed by Echino (Etsuko Furuya).





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Various Artists, "Club Pineta: 50ème Anniversaire", Ritmica #RTM 019 (2007).[2-CD Compilation Set]

The 2-CD set "Club Pineta: 50 ème Anniversaire" - released on June 6, 2007, to celebrate the 50 years of one of Europe's most popular clubs - includes the track "O Passarinho", written by Gazzara, Arnaldo DeSouteiro and Ithamara Koorax, and remixed by DJ Tom Novy. Also featuring tracks by Quincy Jones, Chic, Marvin Gaye, Candi Staton, Thelma Houston, Donna Summer, Patrick Juvet and many others.

Tracklist selected by Gianni Morri & Luca Cassani.
Artistic Consulting: Bob Salton.
Edit & Mix by Sergio Cerruti.






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Gazzara, "O Passarinho" (Tom Novy RMX) Ritmica #RIT 028 (2007).[12" Extended Play Record]

Song written by Gazzara, Arnaldo DeSouteiro and Ithamara Koorax.
Remixes by DJ Tom Novy.

Tracklist:

A1. O Passarinho - "Tom Novy Remix" (7:34)
B1. O Passarinho - "Tom Novy Vocal Mix" (5:16)
B2. O Passarinho - "Tom Novy Dub Mix" (4:04)

Homebase Entertainment Productions, 2007.
Published by Diladdarno / Ritmica Srl / Universal Music Italia Srl.
Distributed by Level One.






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"La Pupa e il Secchione - Original Soundtrack", Steamroller #SRCD 011 (2006).[1st issue CD]
"La Pupa e il Secchione - Original Soundtrack", Steamroller #SRCD 011 (2007).[2nd issue CD]

Pictured above are the covers of both issues (CD and Rivista+CD) of the soundtrack from "La Pupa e il Sechione", the most successful reality show of the Italian TV. Broadcasted by TVI (Italia Uno), its official soundtrack features the original version of the song "O Passarinho", composed by Gazzara, Arnaldo DeSouteiro and Ithamara Koorax.






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Various Artists, "Suave - Obsesión Latina", Steamroller #SRCD 6206 (2007).[CD Compilation]

This album was released on July 17, 2007, and considered "the latin compilation of summer 2007" by the European press, includes such radio hits as the original version of "O Passarinho", written by Arnaldo DeSouteiro, Gazzara and Ithamara Koorax.





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The superband Gazzara performed a rare concert in Moscow (Russian Federation), at the Moscow Yacht Club. Including "O Passarinho" (Arnaldo DeSouteiro/Ithamara Koorax/Gazzara), the theme from "La Pupa e il Secchione".

On September 8, 2007, at the "Moscow Yacht Club" (Moscow, Russian Federation), the superband GAZZARA was back with a special show titled "Grand Central Funk".

Electro, bossa, house and funk in a totally danceable set with all the best tracks from all the four albums relased by the legendary acid-jazz act: "One", "Grand Central Boogie", "Spirit Of Summer" and the latest CD "Brother And Sister", which features the radio & dancefloor hit "O Passarinho", written specially for the album by producer Arnaldo DeSouteiro, Ithamara Koorax (who sings on the track) and Gazzara.

"O Passarinho", included in the soundtrack of the TV reality show "La Pupa e Il Secchione", appears in several compilations released during the European Summer.

Remixed by DJ Tom Novy, "O Passarinho" is also currently available on 12" vinyl, CD single, iTunes.





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Italian magazine Gente, number 42, October 19 2006, 170 pages, size 23x29 cm (1 inch = 2,54 cm). This is one of the most popular Italian magazines dedicated to celebrities and gossip. Cover story: Martina Stella.

It also features a 3-page story about the TV reality show “La Pupa e il Secchione” (3 pages), which includes the song "O Passarinho" (written by Arnaldo DeSouteiro, Gazzara and Ithamara Koorax) on its soundtrack.



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