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Best Instrumental Album of 2011 (Musica Brasileira)

Recorded for Sony & BMG record labels

Performed/toured with Dianne Reeves, Ivan Lins and Paul Simon

Itaiguara Brandão

World famous bassist, on Sony & BMG record labels
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If you want to record world-class quality guitar, bass guitar or bass on your track, then Itaiguara Brandão is the right choice for you.

Itaiguara is a New York City-based recording artist and bassist/guitarist. A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he has toured internationally and recorded with a wide range of Latin and World Music artists including Dianne Reeves, Ivan Lins, Marcos Valle, Toquinho, Angelique Kidjo and Carlos Lyra, Paul Simon, among many others.

He has been one of the most sought-after freelance musicians in the US, having completed nearly 6,500 performances in the past 25 years. He is featured as the double-bass player in Dom Salvador's "The Art Of Samba Jazz," winner of the prestigious Premio da Musica Brasileira (the Brazilian GRAMMY®) for "Best Instrumental Album of 2011" and nominated among the three best instrumental groups of 2011.

Itaiguara has recorded on major labels such as Sony/BMG as well as on numerous independent labels, and played on major venues such as the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, The Grand Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the Teatro Real in Madrid, and the Sydney Opera House in Australia.

Having graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, Itaiguara studied jazz improvisation with the legendary Charlie Banacos and earned his Masters Degree in Jazz Composition. He is a recipient of the Berklee Achievement Scholarship for musical excellence and the 2019 Marvin Hamlisch Award.

You can book Itaiguara to record on your track live today, for €39.

Available Instruments

World-class selection of electric and upright bass, Vintech Audio X73i mic preamp, Geffell M930 condenser Microphone and Apogee Duet.

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Fender 4-string precision bass, Sukop 5-string bass, Fender jaguar bass, Upright bass - Plywood, Upright bass - Carved wood

Sample tracks

Why Dream
Meu Rio


The Art of Samba Jazz
Matt King ‎– Monk In Brazil
Aguas Profundas - Oriente Lopez
ABRACADABRA - Oriente Lopez
Copa Village - Carol Saboya

Itaiguara Brandão

World famous bassist, on Sony & BMG record labels
Record guitar, bass guitar or bass on your tracks.
Book a session with
Starting at


I have had the privilege to work with Itaiguara Brandão innumerous times throughout the past two decades in a variety of different musical settings, from regular gigs in the city, to recordings and tours abroad. I’m more than happy to attest to his fantastic musicianship and irrepressible work ethic. His compositions are inspiring and very original, with a deep sense of lyricism and a gift for beautiful melodies, combining a solid knowledge of jazz and world music with the roots of Brazilian music. It is my understanding that Mr. Brandão has built a highly positive reputation for himself among his peers in New York and beyond as a top notch, extremely reliable and musically enticing bassist and all around musician. I am glad to recommend him highly and would place him at the top of his field without hesitation.”

Rodrigo Ursaia, Professor at Souza Lima Conservatory

Itaiguara Brandao is one of the most complete musician/ producers I have ever had the pleasure to work with. Not only is his musicianship of the highest word-class calibre, but his mastery of styles and genres across the board puts him in a unique position to hear the finished product long before it takes shape. When combined with his unselfish and generous personality, encouraging nature, artists blossom under his guidance and produce their best work. I always look forward to a day in the studio with Itaiguara Brandao!"

David Darlington, 3x Grammy winner

“I worked with Itaiguara Brandão many times and hope to continue working with him for every important project in my music career. Itaiguara is not only an incredible guitar and bass player but has a very deep knowledge of music - not only as a player but as an arranger and producer. Brazilian music, Jazz, Classical music, he knows it all. Besides that, he is a very serious professional, which makes him a very reliable asset to all sorts of working situations.”

Romero Lubambo, professional Brazilian Jazz Guitarist


Itaiguara Brandão

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Record guitar/ bass on your track
39,00 €

Live, 1-on-1 session with Itaiguara to record guitar or bass on your track.

Includes 3 full takes plus additional retakes if needed!

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Record guitar/ bass on two tracks
69,00 €

Live, 1-on-1 session with Itaiguara to record guitar or bass on two of your tracks.

Includes 3 full takes (on each song) plus additional retakes if needed!

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Record guitar/ bass on 4 tracks
99,00 €

Live, 1-on-1 session with Itaiguara to record guitar or bass on your tracks.

Includes 3 full takes (per song) plus additional retakes if needed!

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One of our Executive Producers will then contact you with next steps, within 3 business days. Based on the length and complexity of your piece, we will advise on the adequate recording length for you to book.

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Based on the length and complexity of your piece, we will advise on the adequate recording length for you to book.

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Our Executive Producers are here to walk you through the process.

Frequently asked questions

What’s the process for booking an orchestra?

1. First, browse and choose an orchestra that matches your preferences and budget; we have orchestras ranging from 12 to 51 players and prices starting from €199.

2. Next, you’ll need to fill out a quick form by clicking the “Book Now” button. Here, we’ll ask for you to tell us a bit about your piece of music, how far along in your composition you are, whether you’re able to write the scores yourself or need our help and which month you’d ideally like to record. We recommend that you aim to choose a recording date at least 1 month into the future, since the scoring and preparation process does require some time.

Once you’ve submitted the form, one of our executive producers will be in touch with you within 3 business days.

3. Our executive producer will provide you with specific recording date options and recommend a length to book based on the length and complexity of your piece. They will also provide you with additional options like score arrangement, mixing/mastering and 4K video recordings of the session.

4. Now that we have your track information and booking confirmation, you can simply sit back and wait for your recording date to come around! If you’ve requested scoring, we’ll get to work and ensure everything is ready well ahead of your session. We request that you leave enough time

5. A few days before your session we will send you two links: one for audio, and another for video. The audio link opens in your browser, and it’s a direct feed from the recording desk, in high-quality. The video link is a Zoom conference call, where you can see the orchestra and communicate directly with the producer, conductor and musicians. We request you click the links a few minutes before the session so that you’re ready to begin on time.

How much do the recording sessions cost?

Each orchestra and their prices are different. You can find the starting prices for each orchestra on the website, and if you click on the orchestra profiles you’ll be able to find more information - including rough guidelines for how much recording sessions cost depending on the length of your music.

More specifically, our most affordable option is the Budapest Strings, which start at €199 for recording 1 minute of music, in a 12-minute session length. Our most expensive offering is the London Strings, starting at €599, which includes some of the best players in the industry.

Once you’ve filled out the initial booking form, we’ll get back to you with a more specific quote, based on the orchestra you’ve chosen and the length and complexity of your piece.

What does the cost of the session include?

The orchestral recording session cost includes:

  1. Score revision by our in-house conductor. A detailed review of your score will be completed before the recording. Changes to the score may be requested;
  2. Organizing and printing;
  3. Full dedication of the studio time and its staff. This includes engineers, producers and general staff;
  4. Musicians;
  5. Conductor;
  6. Recording: Pro Tools multi-track recording with multiple microphones - Decca Tree, wide ambiances, and close mics.
  7. Live-streaming: you will be able to join the recording in real-time HQ audio and video conferencing;
  8. Delivery: the entire Pro Tools session, with all the recorded takes in WAV format;
  9. Files handling and overall management by our production team;

The orchestral recording session cost does not include:

  1. Scoring, i.e. putting your music into music sheets/ scores from scratch, for the musicians and conductor to play your music. This service is available at cost.
  2. Editing, mixing or mastering. These services are also available at cost.
Your prices are so affordable, are the musicians being paid fairly?

Yes. Everyone we work with, from musicians and engineers to producers and orchestras, are being paid fairly for their work. It’s our shared session model that makes prices affordable. Everyone gets paid at their usual rate, but you only pay for what you need.

I need help writing my scores. Do you have a transcription service? What about orchestration for my music?

Yes, our arrangers do detailed transcriptions so you can record your music with live orchestras. The cost of this service will vary depending on the instrumentation and length of the piece. We’ll ask for these details in the initial booking form, so that we can move forward and also let you know how much that would cost.

Do the musicians prepare the session beforehand? Is rehearsal time included?

Our shared recording sessions are sight-reading sessions, and we only work with musicians and orchestras that are skilled in this type of service. If your music is written and scored well, as well as being idiomatic, our orchestras will be able to play them and still allow for time to repeat certain passages.

How is time used in an orchestral session?

If you decide to remotely attend the session, you’ll be able to direct it as you please. Depending on the complexity of your piece, the conductor or producer may suggest recording full takes or breaking it into smaller parts, in order to obtain better and faster results. Our producers will make sure that your entire piece is recorded. Our proposed session lengths are estimates, so if your session length does not match the time required to adequately record your piece, we have a number of provisions in place, as outlined in Point 21 our Terms of Use.

Is it possible to attend the session in person? Can I conduct the orchestra recording my piece?

We encourage composers to attend their sessions as it’s a unique and amazing experience! And we also allow experienced conductors to conduct their sessions.

For both attending and conducting your sessions, we require a minimum of a 1-hour-long session. Please let us know in advance if you plan to attend, so that we can plan your visit accordingly.

Is it possible to communicate with someone during the session?

Yes. You can provide live feedback on the session and let us know of any adjustments you wish to make. For this to happen, we host a Zoom conference call, where you can see the orchestra and communicate directly with the producer, conductor and musicians.

What is the tuning of the orchestras and what sample rate do you record at?


We record at 48kHz/24bit. Please make sure that your DAW's session is set at the correct sample rate for playback. Let us know if you need any help with this.

Can the orchestra record with a click track or other pre-recorded audio tracks?

Yes, each musician has a pair of headphones to play over click tracks or pre-recorded audio tracks (tuned to A=440Hz). You can send these with your scores. We can also record with no click if that works best for your music.

What files do I receive? Will you send separate audio files from the recording session?

We send all the audio files, as well as the Pro Tools session folder, reviewed by our in-house engineer to make sure everything looks perfect with all the takes we did of your piece. We send the files in WAV format recorded at 48KHz/24bit.

If you prefer, you can order our post-production service, and we will edit, mix and master your track to be ready for all sorts of distribution (CD, digital, etc). We send you three final versions: WAV at 48k/24bit; WAV at 44k/16bit; and MP3 at 320kbps. We’ll share these booking links with you once you’ve completed the initial booking form.

What is the delivery time for files after the session is recorded?

After the recording session we run a quality control on every session file. Only after then will we send the audio files and Pro Tools session to your email. This will be no later than 3 business days after the recording session (considering local bank holidays).

Do I keep audio rights ownership of my piece? Are the recordings free for commercial audio usage? What about synchronization to film?

Yes, you keep ownership of all your rights. Both copyright and recording rights are yours perpetually and worldwide. All musiversal recordings are 100% buyouts.

You have permission to use the recordings delivered by musiversal for commercial purposes without paying additional fees or royalties.

The recordings delivered by musiversal are also cleared for syncing with images except for the recording sessions which are held in the UK territory, which are cleared for audio commercial release only. If you wish to use the music you recorded in London for image-syncing please get in touch with us at

What’s the cancellation policy?

For orchestral bookings we offer a full refund on cancellations up to 30 days prior to the scheduled recording session. In case you request to cancel fewer than 30 days prior to the scheduled recording, we offer a voucher equaling the value of the scheduled recording session.