BENJI KAPLAN

"Benji & Rita"  (2018)

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Album credits: 
Rita Figueiredo - Voice and lyrics 
Benji Kaplan - Composition, arrangement, guitar, voice
 
Katrina Owens - Alto, piccolo and bass flutes, 
Torin Olsen - C flute, 
Kristen Mather de Andrade, Clarinet, bass clarinet
Bill Owens - Flugel horn, trumpet
 Keith Kile - Tuba
Rogerio Boccato - percussion incl: drumset, pandeiro, zabumba, triangle, agogo, surdo, snare drum, 
Delaney Stöckli - Violin I
Francesca Dardani - Violin II
Elise Frawley - Viola 
Reenat Pinchas - Cello 
Michael O'Brien - Upright bass
Joel Kaplan - Percussion, dumbek
Anna Pennington - Oboe
Manuel Ramos - Clarinet 
Briana Lehman - Bassoon
Owen Summers - Piano, electric clavichord 
Klaus Mueller, Electric synth Sitar 
Andrew Hadro - Alto, tenor and baritone saxophones
Matthew McDonald - Trombone 
Max Seigel - Bass trombone
Scott Still - Marimba 
 
Caio Borges -  cover art. 
Album was produced by Benji Kaplan
 
Vitor Hirtsch: Recording engineer on all songs and co-producer of "Cajubim", 
 
Mixed by Vinicius Castro, 
Mastered by Alan Silverman @ Arf Mastering
01 São Francisco é brasileiro - Benji & Rita
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02 Piocerá - Benji & Rita
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03 Memorial Day - Benji & Rita
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04 Valsa da metrópole - Benji & Rita
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05 Zênite e Nadir - Benji & Rita
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06 Santa Efigênia - Benji & Rita
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07 Impetuosa atração - Benji & Rita
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08 Swing do jazz - Benji & Rita
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09 Cajubim - Benji & Rita
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10 Não armo no mocó - Benji & Rita
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11 Passatempo - Benji & Rita
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12 Bryant Park - Benji & Rita
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13 Lundu dos orixás - Benji & Rita
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14 A moura do maracaxá - Benji & Rita
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"Chorando Sete Cores"    (2017)
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Benji's 4th and latest album to date "Chorando Sete Cores": (Cries of the 7 Colored Tanager) may be best described as
 
"Erik Satie Lands in Rio Carnival".
 
Comprised of 13 original pieces for wind ensemble and nylon string guitar.
"Uai So"               (2016)
Uai Sô, Benji's 3rd album, is a large-scale masterpiece with varied ensembles that deeply explores the sweeping breadth of his composing and arranging.  
 
"Skillfully creative theatrical-sounding offerings in the spirit of Hermeto Pascoal & the like. Gorgeous, fascinating arrangements"     WRUV REVIEW - 
"The degree of intelligence sunk into the deepest corners of every beat and measure of this treasure tells us that no matter what his pursuit might otherwise have been, the result would’ve been simultaneously unearthly while uniquely terran." Mark S. Tucker/ Veritas Vampirus -
 "Reveries em Som"      (2015)  
"A deep conversation between the flute and guitar weaving melodies and harmonies together that are both lyrical and unpredictable. Lush Brazilian Jazz mixed with classical and World music elements, equally suitable for the old soul or the contemporary listeners ears!"
          "Meditações no violão"                (2011)
Original pieces for solo guitar "...a collection of poetic and refined compositions played with a perfect balance of intellect and emotion” JazzTimes