With release scheduled 23 March, Brasil is Mario Biondi's new album project, dedicated to Brazil and Brazilian culture, a source of endless fascination for him. Produced in Rio de Janeiro by Latin Grammy winner Mario Caldato (Beastie Boys, Jack Johnson, Seu Jorge, Marisa Monte) and Kassin (Red Hot + Rio, Caetano Veloso), with Biondi's input for several tracks, Brasil explores the many faces of Brazilian music. With both brand-new songs and new versions of great classics, Mario gives his own interpretation, with his soul and funk roots never far away, and switching smoothly from Portuguese to English, French and Italian.
The 13 tracks on this musical journey include Rivederti, Mario's entry for the Sanremo Festival (a version with Ana Carolina and Daniel Jobim is a bonus track), and two other unreleased tracks that Biondi co-penned with Brazilian authors Roge and Gabriel Moura, and with his faithful associates, Jeff Cascaro and Robin Goldsby (Take Me to the Stars and On the Moon).
Biondi's Italian adaptation of luan Lins' stunning Deixa eu dizer features the great Brazilian artist and singer Claudya, then there are new versions of Felicidade by contemporary Brazilian singer-songwriter Seu Jorge, but also of great classics such as Djauan's Flor de lis, rendered as Upside Down, then It's You I will Always Loue, the English version of Eu sei que uou te amar by Tom Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes, plus Henri Salvador's Jardin d'Hiuer, Sade's Smooth Operator feat. Till Bronner, and to closes, Tom Jobim's Luiza.