Music

Dan Costa records “Skyness” at Arte Suono studios in Italy, an invitation to outer harmony and inner peace. It features sax player Seamus Blake, flute player Teco Cardoso, bassist Jorge Helder and Portuguese guitarist Custodio Castelo as well as guitarists Nelson Faria, Romero Lubambo and Bossa Nova icon Roberto Menescal, paying homage to the style on its 60th anniversary. The album takes the listener on a journey inspired by the sky and its unifying strength, reflecting ideals of open-mindedness and embracing European classical music, American Jazz, Brazilian music, Portuguese Fado and Spanish Flamenco. It is also an ode to the idyllic Cycladic islands in Greece, where most of the tracks were written.

Piano, Compositions, Arrangements, Production - Dan Costa

Featured artists: Roberto Menescal (acoustic guitar), Jorge Helder (Double Bass), Teco Cardoso (flute), Custodio Castelo (Portuguese Guitar), Romero Lubambo (Acoustic guitar), Nelson Faria (electric guitar), Seamus Blake (tenor saxophone)

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Stefano Amerio, Italy

Cover Art: Dhruv Sharma, Dan Costa

Photos: Alon Levin

Released on 7th October 2018

 

 

Recorded in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, jazz/world music album Suite Três Rios recaptures the essence of Brazilian rhythms, with shades of classical music. In line with the rich natural diversity that inspired most of the tracks, the name reflects the confluence of the Solimões and Negro Rivers in the Amazon Rainforest - the Encontro das Águas - where two rivers meet without changing their colour, their essence. . It also hints at Dan Costa’s own background, born in London to a Portuguese and Italian family.

 

Piano, Compositions, Arrangements, Production - Dan Costa

Guitar, Executive Co-production - Ricardo Silveira

Alto & Tenor Sax - Marcelo Martins

Trombone - Vittor Santos

Double Bass - Alberto Continentino

Drums, Pandeiro - Rafael Barata

Featured artists: Jaques Morelenbaum (cello), Leila Pinheiro (voice), Teco Cardoso (baritone sax), Marcos Suzano (percussion)

Recorded by Ricardo Dias / Carlos Mariani & pre-mixed by Matheus Dias in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2016

Mixed by Jan Erik Kongshaug in Oslo, Norway

Mastered by John Greenham in Los Angeles, USA

Cover Art: Mafalda Cruz, Dan Costa

Released on 17th July 2016