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BOSSAtoo was an extraordinary journey. In 2013, after releasing my album asYETuntited I took a break from writing music. It was time to be an interpreter of song. I worked with a variety of wonderful musicians, created a show of Sting’s music, revisited the Great American Songbook, and delved into the complexity of Brazilian music. Following a Metropolitan Room performance in October 2014, Itaiguara said he really liked my song “It’s Over” from asYETuntitled. I actually wrote “It’s Over” in Brazil as a bossa, but recorded it as bluesy-rock ballad for that album. Itaiguara suggested that he and Klaus revisit that song and record it. All of a sudden I was inspired to write again. At the time I was reading Under the Volcano, a tragic tale that dealt with relationships and loss. The lyrics flowed from the feelings from those pages, and then I expressed them through music in the Brazilian context. Surprisingly I managed to write several new tunes in a very short time, and was ready to record in two months. BOSSAtoo was born. Klaus, Itaiguara, Portihno and I met in February 2015 at the Samuari Hotel Studio in Astoria to record my new songs, plus a heartbreaking rendition of Jobim’s “Meditation” that Klaus and I arranged. I said, What if the lover in “Meditation” wasn’t just going away, but passed away and the surviving lover was singing this song at their funeral? The song went in an entirely different direction. We returned to the studio in May and I was ready with more new songs for that session. From my love of Sting’s music, we chose “It’s Probably Me,” but as a Baião. At the last minute we added two more songs to the album and recorded them at Dave Darlington’s studio in June. We added the Jobim tune, “Inutil Paisagem,” to feature Itaiguara’s guitar virtuosity and revisited my tune “Burden of Choice” from my first bossa album, bossanovafied. Klaus and Itaguara were essential to BOSSAtoo. They are among the finest musicians I have had the pleasure of working with and were amazing at showing me how to approach the different Brazilian genres. Klaus introduced me to two other respected Brazilian musicians, drummer Portinho and percussionist, Rafael Barata. Klaus led me to Dave Stoller of Samurai Hotel Studio where we seamlessly recorded the music. Both Klaus and Itaiguara used Grammy-winning engineer, Dave Darlington, of Bass Hit Studio to mix their solo albums. They introduced me to this wonderful man who brought it all together in the mixing and mastering of my album. As Dave says, “We’re now family.” Writing this album was pure joy. Why BOSSAtoo? It’s not #2 as in the second bossa album to follow bossanovafied, but Bossa (also) to include the range of styles within Brazilian music. I loved the challenge of exploring the range within the Brazilian context. I worked to write variations on Samba (3/4 and classic 4/4), Afoxê, Partido Alto, Baião and Bossa Nova. These song really stretched my writing and my guitar playing. I hope you enjoy listening to BOSSAtoo as much as we enjoyed creating it.