Ed Motta

On this episode of Inside MusiCast, we take you to Rio de Janeiro to chat with a multifaceted musician whose music explores many avenues, including jazz, soul, MPB, rock, funk, and a deep love for the West Coast sound – Ed Motta.   Since launching his solo career in 1990, Ed has  released 13 albums containing these various music elements, but it was his 2013 release “AOR” that caught our attention here at Inside MusiCast.  For lovers of that smooth, West Coast vibe, “AOR” became an instant classic.  Earlier this year, Ed followed-up “AOR” with “Perpetual Gateways”, a record that again explores similar West Coast territory, but takes a journey into some well-crafted jazz and includes some heavy duty guest musicians, including Hubert Laws, Greg Phillinganes. Patrice Rushen, and Marvin ‘Smitty’ Smith.  Needless to say, Ed Motta is a musician’s musician and we’re excited to have him here with us today.  Inside MusiCast is pleased to welcome Ed Motta.



Stephen 'Astro' Duros

Stephen Duros, also knows as Astro, is a guitarist, lighting technician for TOTO, and a talented cartoonist.  His approach to lighting for Toto is literally ‘analog’ by today’s standards, as his lightning method includes very little automation.  He relies on his astute sense of Toto’s music in order to trigger lighting effects for their shows. If you’ve ever seen Toto live, you’ll understand just how accurate and artistic his work can be.  But Stephen’s talents go beyond the lights.  He’s also a brilliant guitarist with a focus on classical and Flamenco.  In fact, Stephen performed with the amazing Ottmar Liebert for several years and was even credited on Liebert’s Grammy nominated album The Scent Of Light.  Here to discuss his many talents, including his cartooning, is Stephen ‘Astro’ Duros.

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