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Hamilton de Holanda - Bandolim 10 cordas - Música Acústica Brasileira do Choro ao Jazz




Medias / Discs & Scores

Brasilianos 3 - Hamilton de Holanda Quintet

November.2011 | Discs


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Longing of Brasilia [+ INFO]

Hamilton de Holanda

Longing of Rio [+ INFO]

Hamilton de Holanda

War and Peace I - feat. Milton Nascimento [+ INFO]

Hamilton de Holanda Homage to Candido Portinari`s murals War and Peace I

First Ideas [+ INFO]

Hamilton de Holanda & Daniel Santiago “In the beginning it was wilderness”, stated Vinícius de Moraes and Tom Jobim in their ‘Symphony of Dawn”?(1). I imagined the first mission breaking through the loneliness of the central plateau in 1892. Moving the capital to a remote area of the country had been thought of for a considerable amount of time. All the musical ideas bring forth this mysterious and repetitive. The Quintet shades color the dry and sunny climate, desert-like. Emptiness. A reference to freedom and to development pops in the improvisation. notes: 1. Symphony of Dawn (Sinfonia da Alvorada) - In 1958, Juscelino Kubitschek, then-President of Brazil, asked Vinicius de Moraes and Antonio Carlos Jobim to compose a symphonic suite to be played on April 21, 1960, the chosen date for the city being built in the middle of Brazil to be the new capital to be inaugurated.

The March of Candangos [+ INFO]

Hamilton de Holanda & Daniel Santiago The construction itself. Thousands of families left their hometown after the new, adventurous, monumental work. They found a huge amount of labor, companionship and patriotism. They both witnessed and made the miracle happen. At times the walk and the gallop can be felt. The vigorous working pace . At the end, the will and the strength of the new pioneers moving in the same direction is clearly stated.

Prayer to Holy Heaven [+ INFO]

Hamilton de Holanda & Daniel Santiago This movement was inspired by the first mass celebrated in Brasilia. In fact, the inspiration came from the amalgamation of mystical forces with the ecumenical approach the “Heaven-City”?(1), Brasilia, has. A request for peace and prosperity to the capital and to Brazil. Don Bosco?(2) whistles his dream of the promised land. notes: 1. Heaven-City - called this way for being located on a high plateau where the clouds are almost within reach. 2. Don Bosco - an Italian saint who, in 1883, had a dream of a utopian city of the future. He described it as a capital city that would rule justly and provide for all the needs of a great nation. Significantly, the saint declared that this city would be located in the New World, between the 15th and 20th parallels. Don Bosco’s vision was a major inspiration for the foundation of Brasilia, Brazil’s capital city.

JK Banned [+ INFO]

Hamilton de Holanda & Daniel Santiago Dedicated to President Juscelino Kubitschek. I was strongly affected and touched by the episode in which Juscelino Kubitschek covertly goes to Brasilia (a project conceived by him), and cries in front of his own bust in the Three Powers Square?(1) after having been forbidden by the military regime to enter the capital. Since JK was very fond of music, serestas?(2), etc, the genre Choro?(3) would be the most appropriate form of expression for this one movement. There is some moments that announces and suggests that the former President do not return to Brasilia. First, the tempo is choro-canção (slower tempo than choro), which could also be called a samba-canção or even bossa-nova. Follow by the choro, in a faster tempo,. The solos in blocks with the mandolin and harmonica, like “the blocks” (name given to apartment buildings, a kind of condo) in Brasilia. there is a reference to Bernardo Sayão, the man who died while standing. After a tree fell on him, the brave “candango” turned into a hero. 1. Three Powers Square - where the seats of Legislative, Executive and Judiciary Powers are located. 2. Serestas - party/gathering of musicians to play all night long; also a very romantic musical expression characterized by simple melodies. 3. Choro - a Brazilian music style, the word Choro means lament.

Chaos and Harmony [+ INFO]

Hamilton de Holanda & Daniel Santiago Is the present-day of the city and country the tomorrow the “candangos” envisioned during the construction? Sometimes it is, at other times it is not. Brasilia has grown a lot, and has become cosmopolitan and provincial simultaneously. It must be well cared for by ordinary people, politicians, artists. By the Brazilians. The five beats to the measure is a reference to Brasilia’s 50 years of age as well as to the slogan used during the period it was being built – 50 years in 5. There is a total interaction between the Quintet. Moments of simplicity, moments of bewilderment. Rustic melody, contemporary melody. Lyricism and fast musical phrases. Reality and hope.

War and Peace II [+ INFO]

Hamilton de Holanda *Hamilton plays tenor guitar by Lineu Bravo

Tá achando que tá devagar [+ INFO]

*Bonus track, no mix.


Brasilianos 3 - Hamilton de Holanda Quintet

Winner Prêmio da Música Brasileira - Best Soloist

Nominee Latin Grammy - Best Instrumental 


Hamilton de Holanda Quintet - 3 Brasilianos

The composer and mandolin player release his new album with his acclaimed quintet.

 Hamilton de Holanda (10 strings mandolin and tenor guitar), André Vasconcellos (acoustic bass), Gabriel Grossi (harmonica), Marcio Bahia(drums), Daniel Santiago (guitar). and executive producer Marcos Portinari.
"This album could be called 'New CHORO'. Or maybe 'poetry of the sound', even 'Cinematograph'. 'Choro Jazz'.
The songs tell stories that do not need words to be spoken and lived. When the compositions are made, sometimes the scenario is the reason. At other times, melodies, rhythms and harmonies together are the simple reason to be transform into a new song. like friends that bump in each other along the way.

Music is also image, smells, and memories. Saudade. Joy, sadness. Love. It can be improvised, can be serious, if it is funny it`s also well worth it, after all humor is good for health. Another thing that also does well is play with friends, and that's good!
The titles give an idea of inspiration. At the same time, if I close my eyes and I forget what it is, a new image is projected. Who listens, creates its own history with the nuances of dynamics, timbre, rhythm, like life itself is.

And the references, ah, they are always around us. Choro, samba, jazz, classical music. Tom Jobim, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Pixinguinha. Hermeto Pascoal, Egberto Gismonti. Carlos Drummond de Andrade. Oscar Niemeyer, Lucio Costa and Candido Portinari. Milton Nascimento, who gave an appearance in a magical way and definitive in "War and Peace I "
Music can be sophisticated and accessible at the same time. For that, needs to keep it simple in its essence. It must be as simple as a hug. 

Hamilton de Holanda - 10 strings mandolin

André Vasconcellos - acoustic bass

Gabriel Grossi - harmonica

Daniel Santiago - acoustic guitar

Marcio Bahia - drums


Produced by Hamilton de Holanda and Marcos Portinari


Executive Producer - Marcos Portinari


General Assistant: Fellipe Cabral

Sound Design : Daniel Musy 

Record and Mix: Madre Música sept/out 2011

Studio Assistant: Bentes e Tércio 

Master: Andre Dias/Post Modern Mastering out 2011

Art Design: Fernando Salles/Interface 55

Photos: Marcos Portinari 

Hamilton uses mandolin Tercio Ribeiro and Elixir strings.