Nominated to the 58th GRAMMY Awards:
"Over the years, there have been plenty of albums featuring Brazilian music (...) but few have transformed the material as well as Catina DeLuna (...). "
(Jazz History Online)
L.A.’s highly acclaimed arranger/producer Otmaro Ruiz and International Recording Artist, Catina De Luna, joined forces in 2015 to release the Portuguese version of “Girl from Ipanema". The record has now received an official Grammy nomination for the 2016 Grammys in the category of Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals. Ruiz and DeLuna share their nomination in the 2016 Grammys in the same category as famed music icon, David Bowie.
The nomination of the couple’s acclaimed version of the worldwide hit song, "The Girl from Ipanema," has caught the attention of music critics and fans internationally and catapulted them to appear live in countless radio interviews and publications such as a feature in the current edition of Rolling Stone Magazine Brazil and a spot on Planete Brasil Television along with other outlets.
This CD represents a debut release in the United States for the Brazilian born DeLuna and is indicative of the third Grammy nomination for Venezuela’s Otmaro Ruiz, who is noted for receiving a Grammy Award as director for Diane Reeves’ “In the Moment” live - in concert release, a recording that won for “Best Jazz Vocal Album” in 2001. His collaboration with Alex Acuna’s “Acuarelas de Tambores” in the same year also received a Grammy nomination.
Between touring and recording, this gifted husband and wife team spend time giving back to the arts and a new generation, supporting schools and young artists with master classes as well as mentorships including the Grammys own “Grammy Camp” music program. The couple is set to attend the 2016 Grammy Awards as well as other official Grammy functions this year.
It is noted that the original recording of "The Girl from Ipanema" won Grammy’s "Record of the Year” fifty years ago in 1965 as indicated in the Grammy Hall Of FAME in 2000. See link: