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Itaiguara Brandão is a New York City-based recording artist and bassist/guitarist. A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has toured internationally and recorded extensively with a wide range of Latin and World Music artists such as: Marcos Valle, Toquinho, Carlos Lyra, Roberto Menescal, Jaques Morelenbaum, Randy Brecker, Dom Salvador, Angelique Kidjo, Paulo Braga, Leo Gandelman, Paquito de Rivera, Claudio Roditi, Jovino Santos-Neto, Emílio Santiago, Elba Ramalho, Guilherme Arantes, and Romero Lubambo. Itaiguara has been one of the most sought-after freelance musicians in the United States, having completed nearly 6,000 performances in the past 21 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, The London Olympics and the Sidney Opera House in Australia. He is a contributor to the educational book/CD Inside the Brazilian Rhythm Section (Publisher: Sher Music, 2005).

Itaiguara served as musical director for the Paulo Braga Band from 1999 to 2003. The creator, Paulo Braga, is known as the father of Brazilian drums. Braga played with Antonio Carlos Jobim for fifteen years and is featured on Itaiguara's debut CD, Awakening (2015).

Itaiguara Brandão attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, and studied jazz improvisation with the legendary Charlie Banacos and arranging with Mike Longo (Dizzy Gillespie's music director for 9 years). He was awarded a Berklee Achievement Scholarship for musical excellence in 1995 and graduated summa cum laude in 1997. Brandão also holds a degree in Telecommunications Engineering from Pontifícia Universidade Católica (PUC) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1991).

Brandão was awarded a permanent resident visa issued by the US government to foreign artists with extraordinary abilities. The name Itaiguara [ee-tahy-gwahr-uh] has its roots in an indigenous dialect of Brazil and roughly translates to "the place of the sacred stone of the river."