Irma - Composer, Arranger, Vocalist, Pianist

Irma - Composer, Arranger, Vocalist, Pianist

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GREAT VOICE - both ENERGIC and EXPRESSIVE. RICH and WARM tone.International contest winner Irma invented new musical forms, combined a unique rhythmic sense of Brazil's musical identity and the greatest influences from classical music. This mixture produces a particularly sound.

Biography

Irma (Composer, Arranger, Vocalist, Pianist, Poet and Novelist)

Since she had been always searching her own music,traveling,living and learning all over the world more than 40 countries.

She has travelled many paths of music - singing, playing piano, composing, arranging, writing and searching foreign cultures. She realized that " THE MEANING OF LIFE " is only way " TO KEEP RECOGNIZING YOUR SOUL and "ALWAYS TRYING TO BE YOURSELF HONESTLY."

--- And at last, she found her way, to organize her own "BOSSA NOVA"( in English, it means "a new bump", as Tom Jobim said.) And it's the begining of herself walking towards the new world of truthfulness. She found out that "COLORFUL RHYTHMS and HARMONIES of Brazilian music" and "mediterranean culture", especially Italian culture make her feeling naturally.

MULTI-GIFTED Artist "Irma" succeeded in building "HER GRAND UNIVERSE" with a very distinctive style of expression. Zeca Pagodinho, Oscar Castro Neves, Roberto Menescal and many other mentors have admired her talent,singing,playing the piano,arranging and composing.

In 2003,a first-line Brazilian dummer and producer Teo Lima found out extraordinary talent of Irma. In 2005,he produced this first album of her, with all his might, to get abroad her music all over the world.

In 2007,Irma's song "Per Dove?" was recognized as HONORABLE MENTIONS of 11th Unisong International Songwriting Contest, in the U.S.A.

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She is preparing for living in Europe permanently during next year, for extending her musical activity.

Irma is seeking for BOOKING AGENTS, PROMOTERS & FESTIVAL ORGANIZERS, RECORD LABEL,PUBLISHERS and DISTRIBUTORS(including the case of COMPILATION album).

Especially, she is looking for new chances in Europe, North and South America.

She is also interested in COLLABORATING with other artists and FILMS or TV programs, as a COMPOSER & ARRANGER or PERFORMER(vocalist, pianist.)

Now she is preparing for her two new recordings. One is focused on her SOLO PERFORMANCE, with her ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS. The other is focused on her ITALIAN STANDARDS, with new arrangements, produced by Italian Label.

Also she will have tour in Europe and Brazil, between this October and December.

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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 her music 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.

-- 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.)

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=== ABOUT "Irma" ===

--- God give a gift for world one artist like her. Irma has an amazing potential. The mentors, such as Zeca Pagodinho, Oscar Castro Neves, Roberto Menescal and many others have admired her talent.

She has fantastic voice and excellent singing skills in several languages. She plays piano very well. She also composes shining precious music. She arranges the music of various kinds, her original compositions, Italian operas, Jobim's music, Napoletana, classical music, jazz tunes and others. And she succeeded in building "HER GRAND UNIVERSE" with a very distinctive style of expression.

-- 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.

Her father was an amateur singer.Her mother was a professional painter and also a professional dress designer. Her uncle is a researcher of classical music. Classical music and European culture are part of Irma's life since she was a child.
At a very early age,she noticed the worth of the art of F.Chopin, Maria Callas and Luchino Visconti and started her musical studies for learning classical piano playing and Italian opera. She was also singing in the church choir as a soloist for nine years.

She started her professional music career as a pianist and a composer at a ballet company. In parallel, she sang in some musicals acting in main roles. In a while,she was invited into a professional jazz band organized by one of the greatest vibraphonists Yoshihiko T

Lyrics

Per Dove?

Written By: Irma Yamaguchi

Da dove veniamo noi?
Per dove partiamo noi?
Dimmi perche noi siamo qui.
Dimmi perche siamo nati qui.

E Dio e sempiterno.
La terra sembra eterna.
Dimmi perche non rinasciamo piu.
Dimmi perche dobbiamo andare.

Discography

1. TOKYO BOSSA madeira 2005

2. IRMA - Voz e Piano - Bossa Mediterranea NUOVA 2007

Rich and warm tone,with natural swing, accompanied by Brazilian
top-ranking musicians, wooes you into wanting to hear more and more.
You can also enjoy the MULTI-DIMENTIONAL SOUND with the quality,
recorded at famous recording studio in Rj, Brazil.

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 & JOY just like
the noted albums of classical music.

=== ABOUT THIS ALBUM ===
IRMA - Voz e Piano - Bossa Mediterranea NUOVA

Great voice-both energic and expressive.Amazing
rhythms with natural swing, the greatest love of
classical music and Brazil's musical identity,
accompanied by first-line Brazilian musicians,
Teo Lima (Ds,Per), Bororo(Bs,G), etc.

Produced by: Teo Lima
All Music Arranged by: Irma
Recorded at: Cia dos Tecnicos(Rio de Janeiro,Brazil)

Musicians:
Irma(Vocals, Acoustic Piano,Background Vocals)
Teo Lima(Drums, Percussion)
Bororo(Bass, Guitar)
Hugo Pilger(Violoncello)
Pirulito(Percussion)
Marcio Lott(Background Vocals)

=== TRACKING LIST ===
1.L'universo Intero (from Italian Opera "La Traviata" / music:G.Verdi)
2.Samba do Aviao (music and lyrics: A.C.Jobim)
3.Non Si Ferma(music and lyrics: Irma)
4.Maria Mari(Napoletana / music: E.di Capua, lyrics: V.Russo)
5.Samba d'Universo(music and lyrics: Irma)
6.Night and Day(music and lyrics: C.Porter)
7.Una Voce(music and lyrics: Irma)
8.Se Todos Fossem Iguais a Voce(music: A.C.Jobim, lyrics: V.de Moraes)
9.Samson et Dalilah(from French Opera /music: C.Saint-Saens)
10.Desafinado(music:A.C.Jobim, lyrics: N.Mendonca)
11.Boss Nova Canta(music and lyrics: Irma)
12.Chi Torna(music and lyrics: Irma)
13.Ave Maria(music: J.S.Bach=C.F.Gounod)
14.Per Dove? (music and lyrics: Irma)
15.Dee Volar (from Italian Opera "La Traviata" / music:G.Verdi)

Set List

Irma's unique style allows her to play both her solo performance and Irma with the band.

With her fantastic voice and excellent singing skills in several languages such as ITALIAN,PORTUGUESE and ENGLISH, More than 40 shining precious HER ORIGINAL SONGS and HER ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS for PIANO.

Also various kinds of COMFORTABLE MUSIC with NATURAL SWING, with her ORIGINAL ARRANGEMENTS, Italian Operas, Bossa Nova and Samba, Napoletana, Classical music, Jazz tunes and others.

She can do anywhere from 20 or 30 mins to 2 hour sets.

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Her set list could look something like this:
(Example of world music and Brazilian taste showcase)

- Per Dove?
- Felicita Vera
- Se Todos Fossem Iguais a Voce
- Lua do Rio, Lua de Mim
- La Traviata
Ballade"Universo Intero" - Waltz and Samba"Dee Volar"
- Il Mio Questo Piccolo Grande Amor (instrumental)
- Chi Torna
- Samba d'Universo
- Bossa Nova Canta
- Samba do Ceu Aberto