The Cedar Presents


Wed, August 8, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Cedar Cultural Center - Global Roots

Minneapolis, MN

$30 Advance / $35 Day of Show

This event is all ages

This is a seated show.

Tickets are available online, by phone, ​and at Depth of Field, Electric Fetus, and The Cedar during shows.

Hamilton de Holanda and Roberta Sá
Hamilton de Holanda and Roberta Sá
Virtuosic, brilliant and unique - those are some of the adjectives used to describe this musician who sets world audiences ablaze. Hamilton de Holanda is one of the most acclaimed Brazilian contemporary musicians, known for his tour-de-force compositions and stunning command of his instrument. He started to play professionally at the age of 5 in 1981. Hamilton's curiosity and restless mind reinvented the image and sound of the bandolim (mandolin) by adding two extra strings (a pair of low Cs). This led him to create a new technique and language for this emblematic Brazilian instrument, elevating and transforming the legacy and style of the bandolim into a global instrument. De Holanda has inspired new musicians and luthiers all over the world to build and explore the possibilities of the 10-string bandolim.

Hamilton is utterly versatile. A workaholic, he has over 130,000 followers on Facebook, 40,000 on instagram, hosts a largely successful ball room dance each month and stars in a weekly radio show. He has more than 30 albums in his discography (available in the USA through Adventure Musicand ECM). With splendid technique and absolute "brazlianess" onstage or in the studio, Hamilton combines dazzling playing with performances filled with emotion. He feels at ease in any type of line-up which can be seen by the numerous invititations he has received to perform all over the world with different ensembles and collaborations. From solo to orchestras, from samba to jazz, from clubs to big crowds with names like Wynton Marsalis, Dave Mathews, Milton Nascimento, Chico Buarque, Marisa Monte, Seu Jorge, Chic Corea, Chucho Valdés, Egberto Gismonti, Mike Marshall, Melody Gardot, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) to name a few. 

He has performed from Jazz at the Lincoln Center to Hollywood Bowl, From the J. Paul Getty Museum to the Smithsonian Museum, from Telluride BlueGrass Festival to Savannah Music Festival.

“He is the personification of everything we want in a musician, not just a great musician. He plays well, has good reflexes, knows how to listen, has a natural way of playing. He has depth of soul and feeling. He is a national treasure!” - Wynton Marsalis 

Hamilton de Holanda, the Latin Grammy winner, brings to US audiences his interpretations of Jazz, MPB and traditional Choro. Originating in the 19th century from the mix of the European waltzes and African rhythms, “Choro" is characterized by virtuosity, improvisation, subtle modulations, and is full of syncopation and counterpoint. It is considered to be the first characteristically Brazilian genre of urban popular music. Heitor Villa-Lobos defined “Choro" as the true incarnation of Brazilian soul. 

“I'm asked whether what I do is ‘New Choro'. New Choro? I don't understand. That's perhaps because I play the bandolim. Choro is passed on by the wonderful artistry of musicians like Luperce, Jacob and Pixinguinha. Since the tradition is perpetuated, you don't have to do anything but appreciate it. In fact, what I do is a synthesis of this information with an influence from choro, bossa nova, jazz, and sounds from the street… It is a music that does not need labels to exist. It just has to be beautiful.”, says Hamilton.

This time he invites one of the greatest  female contemporary singers in Brazil, 
Roberta Sá. She comes from the northeast of Brasil - Rio Grande do Norte - is considered one of the best. She recently gained global notoriety for having performed in the closing ceremony of the Summer Olympics in Rio in a costume inspired by Carmen Miranda.

The repertoire will extend from Hamilton’s new compositions to his tributes to Chico Buarque and Milton Nascimento, to his love for Baden Powell, Jacob do Bandolim and Pixinguinha. 
Venue Information:
Cedar Cultural Center - Global Roots
416 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN, 55454


Ticket options and info

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets are not always available at Depth of Field, Electric Fetus & The Cedar.

Check the top of this page under the “Buy Tickets” button for up-to-date ticket information.

  • Phone: 612-338-2674 ext 0 between 12 noon and 4pm M-F ($2 fee per ticket)
  • In person: Tickets can be purchased at The Cedar when we are open for shows. Check our calendar for show dates and door times  (no fee; cash, check, credit card). Our other ticket outlets are Depth of Field (no fee; cash or check only), and Electric Fetus (approximately $2 fee).
  • Online: (On Ticketfly, typically $2–$3 fee/ticket + $1 restoration fee) until 2 hours before door time on day of show
  • The Cedar is an all ages venue
  • Discounts: Students with ID, seniors over 65, and children under 12 may purchase tickets at a discount at the door (subject to ticket availability).
  • Access: The Cedar strives to make our facilities and programming available to as many community members as possible and will accommodate special requests to the best of our ability. To request special accommodations or seating at an upcoming Cedar show, please contact our box office at 612-338-2674 or info@thecedar.org.