Lendas is the Brazilian guitarist Fabiano do Nascimento’s fifth album for Now-Again Records. Like his previous albums Prelúdio and Ykytu, Lendas features do Nascimento’s compositions, this time with orchestral arrangements by Vittor Santos and also special participation by Arthur Verocai.
Vittor Santos is a composer, arranger, trombonist and music producer from Rio de Janeiro, who has worked in Brazilian music for over thirty years. Do Nascimento and Santos met in Rio in 2017 during the recording of Do Nascimento’s hero, and 70s and 80s Brasilian guitar catalyst Carioca Freitas album Aquarelas. The two bonded over a mutual appreciation for Do Nascimento’s uncle Lúcio and the Bossa Nova star Leny Andrade, both of whom largely influenced Do Nascimento’s musical foundation.
In Santos, Do Nascimento found an arranger who was sensitive enough in his orchestrations that he could create an orchestral dialogue between stacks of strings and Do Nascimento’s plaintive plucking. It was only natural to invite the highest regarded, now legendary, 1970s Brasilian arranger, Arthur Verocai, to contribute. Verocai, who had worked with Do Nascimento on his forays in Los Angeles, was pleased to participate. In this way, the circle of old and new, so crucial in Do Nascimento’s work, comes together and flows outwards.
“Lendas” translates from Portuguese as "legends,” but the literal translation itself doesn’t describe this album. With Lendas, Do Nascimento recalls memories from places that no longer exist; from fever dreams in the Amazon; from parts of the world we might never see or engage, but can imagine through music.
released January 20, 2023
All compositions and guitar arrangements by Fabiano do Nascimento
Orchestral arrangements and their conducting/production by Vittor Santos Solo orchestration on “Solo As Onze (Noite Suite)” arranged and conducted by Arthur Verocai.
Engineered by Diogo Sarcinelli and Matheus Dias.
Guitar recorded at Jason Hiller’s Studio, Los Angeles, February-May 2021; strings and woodwinds recorded at Estúdio A Casa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 2021, except for Arthur Verocai’s string quartet recorded live at Cia dos Técnicos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, October 2, 2022..
Mixed by Vittor Santos
Mastered by Jason Bitner
Photography by Brian “B+” Cross
Art direction by Errol Richardson
Executive produced by Eothen Alapatt
Special thanks to Rosangela Lopes, who organized these sessions.
Fabiano is a Rio de Janeiro-born, LA-based multi-string guitarist, composer and producer with an ever-expansive sound, borrowing from the traditions of samba and choro while echoing elements of modern jazz, pop, experimental & electronic.