The Cedar and KFAI Present
HAMILTON DE HOLANDA AND ROBERTA SÁ
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 / Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm
$30 Advance / $35 Day of Show
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 is one of the most acclaimed Brazilian contemporary musicians, known for his tour-de-force compositions and stunning command of his instrument, the bandolim (mandolin). 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 by adding two extra strings (a pair of low Cs) and developing a new technique and style. Elevating it into a global instrument, musicians and luthiers all over the world have been inspired to build and explore the possibilities of the 10-string bandolim.
For this performance, Hamilton invites one of the greatest female contemporary singers in Brazil, Roberta Sá. 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.
Hamilton de Holanda is known for his interpretations of Jazz, Brazilian pop music, and traditional Choro. Originating in the 19th century from the mix of the European waltzes and African rhythms, Choro is characterized by virtuosity, improvisation, and subtle modulations, and is full of syncopation and counterpoint. “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.