Born in Rio, Eumir Deodato got his first break at age 17 when he arranged and conducted a 28-piece orchestra. He ultimately became one of the city’s most active arrangers and pianists, recording for Milton Nascimento, Elis Regina and Antonio Carlos Jobim. In 1968, Deodato moved to NYC, working with Luiz Bonfa and scoring the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. His reputation was further strengthened by pop arrangements for Frank Sinatra, Roberta Flack, and Kool & The Gang. In a rare talk at the 2005 Red Bull Music Academy, Rio's legendary arranger underlines the importance of faking it 'til you make it. His main message? Keep it simple.
13:46 - Early career
33:38 - Collaborators
47:48 - Arrangement
1:33:29 - The human ear
1:39:41 - Melancholy
41:14 - Antonio Carlos Jobim - "Insensatez"
41:21 - Antonio Carlos Jobim - "Children's Games"
42:28 - Antonio Carlos Jobim - "Aguas De Marco"
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