Hamilton de Hollanda
Mandolin. 20 tracks. "Disparada," "Adios Nonino
A live performance of unaccompanied mandolin/mandola is a
rarity in and of itself. But that it is an electifying tour-de-force of
compositions and virtuoso perfomance by a major world class talent makes this CD
a simply stunning.
Hamilton de Hollanda, from Brazilia the national capital in central Brazil, is
emerging as a major exponent of Brazilian choro/jazz. He performs on the
(currently) 4 volumes of Beatles 'n' Choro, as well as his duos with Dois do
Marco Pereira and other collaborations, he has published a book of his
compositions, and a concerto for bandolim and orchestra all before the age of
The music he makes on this CD performing on the 10-string (5 pairs tuned
C-G-D-A-E), can be sweet and soothing as easily as it is pulsating and dynamic.
To say he takes his instrument to new heights would be an understament.
--an Amazon reviewer
Música Das Nuvens E Do Chão
Hamilton De Holanda
I heard of de Holanda almost by accident last
winter. Bitten by the Choro "bug" years ago, I'm on a continual pursuit of this
Brazilian art. I love the classic Jacob recordings, but they carry the baggage
of ancient recording equipment and studio technique. Still Jacob possesses a
timeless charm. Enter young de Holanda. The first cut
rewards the listener with his arranging prowess as well as his fiery delivery
and pyrotechnical playing. As if that weren't enough, he still demonstrates his
respect for the
tradition with masterful presentations of
Hermeto Pascoal, Jacob do
Pixinguinha, a true tribute to his roots. What
truly captivates me is the "next generation" harmonic vocabularies of the later
20th century polytonality, taking established Brazilian traditions to a whole
new level. For those north of the border, think a Brazilian "Chris Thile," the same
brilliant technique that never buries a deep musical soul and sensibility.
--an Amazon reviewer
Luz Das Cordas
An Instrumental CD from Marco Pereira (Guitar) and Hamilton De Hollanda (Mandolin), who Perform Songs From: Pixinguinha, Aldir Blanc, Luiz Gonzaga, Ary Barroso, Cristovao Bastos and Own Songs.