Danilo Brito, mandolin & João Luiz, guitar Danilo Brito, mandolin & João Luiz, guitar





Danilo Brito, mandolin & João Luiz, guitar

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  • Danilo Brito, mandolin
  • João Luiz, guitar

Event Details

Two of the greatest instrumentalists of the young Brazilian generation, guitarist João Luiz (Brasil Guitar Duo) and mandolin virtuoso and composer Danilo Brito join forces in a program that goes beyond popular music, recreating with personality works by Villa-Lobos, Camargo-Guarnieri, Gnattali, alongside classics by Pixinguinha, Nazareth and Jacob do Bandolim. Danilo Brito, a legend of the instrument and guardian of the true art of interpreting choro music has been awarded the Prêmio VISA de MPB, one of Brazil's most prestigious awards. He has recorded five albums and has collaborated with many of Brazil's leading musicians. João Luiz, a soloist and chamber musician, has toured extensively in the U.S. and recorded a dozen albums. As a member of the acclaimed Brasil Guitar Duo, he won the Concert Artists Guild award in 2006 and was nominated for the 2016 Latin Grammy. In this very intimate combination of just mandolin and guitar, the two artists will present a program that encompasses the crucial transformations in the evolution of Brazilian music, from the European influence at the end of the 19th century to the establishment and affirmation of Brazilian musical identity. To this journey João and Danilo will add new works composed especially for this collaboration.

Danilo Brito

Danilo Brito is important to the world of music both for his extraordinary musicianship, and for the unique musical and cultural tradition he promulgates through his work – the choro music of Brazil. His is the quintessential story of a child prodigy, born with talent and interest in music far beyond his years, coupled with the good fortune to have a family steeped in Brazil's musical traditions. At the age of ten he began to visit music shops that hosted Rodas de Choro, informal gatherings of musicians who meet to play choro. Old enough to be his grandfathers, the musicians bestowed a particularly special compliment upon him, saying that he was the reincarnation of Jacob do Bandolim, one of the most important figures in choro history. Six years later, Danilo would go on to win the most prestigious award competition for Brazilian music, the Prêmio Visa de Música Popular Brasileira.

For his current ensemble, he has chosen traditional choro instrumentation – 7-string guitar, guitar, cavaquinho, and percussion – and a group of musicians whose talent and devotion has produced an ensemble operating at the highest level of performance within the genre. Their work was recorded on the 2014 album, Danilo Brito.

Choro is considered the first characteristically Brazilian genre of urban popular music. The literal translation of the word is “to cry,” but its use in naming this music is figurative and points to its emotive power. More often bright than blue, the music is marked by syncopation, counterpoint, improvisation and virtuosity.

João Luiz

The guitarist, educator, and composer João Luiz began to play the popular music of his native Brazil professionally during his childhood and was later trained in classical guitar by his mentor Henrique Pinto. As a performer and composer João is equally at home with classical, Brazilian and world music; his solo guitar, guitar ensemble and chamber music repertoire cover all the main works in the guitar literature from Dowland to Carter and Brazilian rhythms from Chôro to Baião. His versatility led him to be chosen to collaborate with Yo-Yo Ma and Carlos Prieto on a project to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Cuban composer Leo Brouwer in a landmark concert in Cuba in 2014. João’s interests include bridging Classical, Jazz, and Latin American music, and discovering ways to make classical music education more accessible to minorities. While studying with Henrique Pinto, with whom he recorded two albums as a member of the Violão Câmara Trio ensemble, the Brasil Guitar Duo with Douglas Lora was born.

In 2006 the Brasil Guitar Duo won the prestigious Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York, resulting in a full global touring schedule and numerous critically acclaimed recordings. For five years João also performed and recorded with the classical guitar quartet Quartenaglia, one of Brazil’s most important chamber music ensembles. João has recorded more than thirteen CDs playing solo, duo, trio and in quartet, all of which have featured his arrangements of classical or Brazilian works. He has recorded for Avie, Naxos, CAG records, Equilibrium and Guanabara Records. Quaternaglias’s Presenca (2004) and Estampas (2007) feature João’s interpretations of Tom Jobim and Alberto Ginastera’s compositions. Brasil Guitar Duo’s Bom Partido (2004), the duo’s first CD of all- Brazilian repertoire, was the first recording produced by Concert Artists Guild. The Brasil Guitar Duo’s debut for the Naxos label features two CDs of the complete works for two guitars by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (2009) and the complete works for two guitars by Cuban composer Leo Brouwer (2015). Just one of many stellar reviews includes the American Record Guide, which wrote, ‘’It would be hard to imagine a better performance… this is wonderful music played at the highest interpretive level.” Another release features the complete Bach Flute Sonatas with flutist Marina Piccinini released on Avie in 2010. For this collaboration, João and Douglas transcribed all of Bach’s sonatas for flute and harpsichord to flute and two guitars. Neblina, his first solo CD featuring Spanish composers, was released in July 2012. The duo has also recently recorded Edu Lobo Songbook, a CD of João’s arrangements of one of Brazil’s most important popular music (MPB) composers. An eager advocate of Latin American music, João has premiered works by composers such as Leo Brouwer, Paulo Bellinati, Marco Pereira, Egberto Gismonti and Marlos Nobre. He also formed the Trio Virado in 2011 with flutist Amy Porter and violist Juan Miguel-Hernandez to promote contemporary Latin American chamber music. The first CD of the trio, Mangabeira was released in the fall of 2015 featuring world premiere recordings of works written specially for the trio by Assad, Hand and Brouwer.