Danilo Brito





Danilo Brito

Brazilian Mandolin & Choro Master

  • $30 Assigned Rows 1-2
  • $20 Assigned Rows 3-5
  • $15 General Admission
  • $5 Student
  • Danilo Brito, mandolin
  • Carlos Moura, 7-string guitar
  • Guilherme Girardi, 6-string guitar
  • Lucas Arantes, cavaquinho

Event Details

Awarded Brazil's highest prize for instrumental music, recognized as keeper and modern interpreter of its choromusic tradition, and adored by American masters David Grisman and Mike Marshall, mandolinist Danilo Britobrings forth virtuosity and bell-like tone in the service of deeply evocative music.

“... a mandolinist who causes chills in those who watch him. People of the old guard say that he can only be the reincarnation of the incomparable Jacob do Bandolim ...” - Júlio Maria, Jornal da Tarde (São Paulo, Brazil)

“After-show comments seemed unanimous — newborn fans of Brito's music wished there had been a second show scheduled so they could share their delightful discovery with friends. No higher praise than that. Stunning.” - Jon Santiago, Charleston City Paper (SC)

"Danilo Brito uses the mandolin strings as an extension of his soul. This can be seen by how naturally he plays with complete command of the instrument, always showing a unique intimacy with the music. Despite his youth, Brito has impressive musical knowledge. His major accomplishment is to touch the souls of his audience and to make them 'listen' to the music. Any description or compliment about his virtuosity would be just too pale."  - Boris Casoy, Jornal da Record (Brazil)

"The guy is a master." - David Grisman, American Mandolinist

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.