Considered one of the most important jazz pianists in the current scene, Venezuelan Otmaro Ruiz is known for his versatility and virtuosity. After working intensively in Venezuela with artists such as Soledad Bravo and Ilan Chester, Otmaro moves to Los Angeles in 1989 to join the group of great names of the jazz world such as Alex Acuña, Justo Almario y Abraham Laboriel, with whom still collaborates in diverse projects.
With an intense musical career, filled with concerts, workshops and recordings worldwide, Otmaro worked for 5 years with Dianne Reeves as a pianist and musical director. During this period, Otmaro participated in the recording project of her CD “In The Moment – Live in Concert”, which won the Grammy Award 2001. In that same year, Alex Acuna’s album “Acuarelas de Tambores", also with Otmaro’s collaboration, was nominated to a Grammy. His collaboration with Weston Woods Studios for the Scholastic Series of animated children videos have won important recognitions like the “2004 Audie Award” in the Children Production Category and Bronze Remi at the 2004 Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival (for the Soundtrack of “Chato and The Party Animals”); Otmaro also received a Life Time Special Award “International Exposure” from the Venezuelan National Artist’s Institute (for outstanding career in a foreign country). In 2012, Otmaro was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Musical Arts from Shepherd University. His work as an arranger was recognized by the American Academy of Recording Arts with a 2016 Grammy Nomination...
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Bruno Mangueira was born in Vitoria, Brazil in 1978. He has been appearing on the Brazilian and international scenes as a guitarist, composer and arranger. He started playing guitar at the age of 4, through his father. At 16 he began his professional activities as a big band guitarist. In 1998 he moved to the city of Campinas, where he completed his bachelor's, master's and doctorate in music from the University of Campinas (Unicamp). He also lived in São Paulo, New York City and Cincinnati, where he developed part of his doctoral studies as a visiting scholar at the University of Cincinnati.
Bruno has participated in concerts and recordings alongside Brazilian artists including Zizi Possi, Leila Pinheiro, Toninho Horta, Nelson Ayres, Gilson Peranzzetta, Paulo Jobim, Filó Machado, Sizão Machado and Helio Alves. His work with American artists has included Phil DeGreg, Rick DellaRatta, Mandy Gaines, Kim Pensyl and Paul Keller. In Paris, he has played with Leonardo Montana, Bruno Schorp and Fred Pasqua.
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Produced: Otmaro Ruiz & Bruno Mangueira
Tracking Engineer: Ramon Huerta
Mixing/Mastering: Jimmy Branly
Piano Technician: Ron Tuttle
Photography: Jay Matsueda
CD Layout Concept: Pedro Lares
Graphic Design: Jay Matsueda, Pedro Lares