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




Medias / Discs & Scores


April.2013 | Discs


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Raphael`s Caprice [+ INFO]

One of my most important references as an instrumentalist and as an inventor is Raphael Rabello ( famous 7 string guitar player) . This Caprice has a style that is very close to "Corta - Jaca" (cut-jackfruit) from Chiquinha Gonzaga, but with an African accent more apparent and a scale with an Iberian flavor, remembering the flamenco influence in Raphael`s music.

South`s Caprice [+ INFO]

This has the flavor of ternary music played in southern Brazil. Living with Yamandú, Guto Wirtti and Bebê Kramer gives me more and more liking for that culture. It was composed in a tone (F minor) not usual for the mandolin. The sensation that the tonality evokes is fundamental in certain compositions.

Black Samba [+ INFO]

Self-explanatory title. The important thing in this song is the swing. The melody is very simple, harmony-bossa noveana with a modal loans from Milton Nascimento to give taste of Minas Gerais.

Sinhá [+ INFO]

In this composition we can listen to the most beautiful essence of a style known as MPB ( Brazilian Popular music) . Especially with a hint of Choro, Villa-Lobos. Also Milonga, Lundu. I think it's a new classic, Like it was the songs " O Bêbado e o Equilibrista" (The drunk and the balancer) and "O que será" (What will be) once were.

Spain`s Caprice [+ INFO]

Music with the atmosphere of Hispanic harmony done in compass of 5 tempos but with the Brazilian`s swing. In a few moments, we can feel the remenberence of Santa Morena from mandolin master Jacob do Bandolim. The rhythm was also inspires by the Venezuelan`s merengue.

Carmo`s Caprice [+ INFO]

Carmo is the birthplace of the composer and instrumentalist Egberto Gismonti, to whom I dedicate this caprice. The rhythm of it, do not know what exactly is. It is a mathematical mixture of compasses made ??to sound musical, where the search for fluency meets medieval harmonic sense, even a bit Irish. It is the meeting of the precision of numbers with the poetry of life.

O Que Será? [+ INFO]

Had previous recorded only with 10 string mandolin, which here with the Trio makes a perfect frame. It makes you want to dance. How tasty is the Latin rhythm! I dedicate this interpretation to the great Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés.

woman`s desire [+ INFO]

Fox-fado with a jazzy touch. How Impressive the feeling that a sandpaper wall gives to us when played well and captured by a beautiful pair of microphones. In this, the tonality and chords give a certain air of mystery to the theme music.

Saint Cecile`s Caprice [+ INFO]

Made to Saint Cecilia the patron of musicians. It is a mixture of ballad with samba de roda, very difficult to play on the mandolin. It's full of chords like Luiz Gonzaga used to like , very Brazilian Northeastern`s melodically. Pure joy.

Aboio [+ INFO]

It is the third movement of the Suite Interior. Remember the suffering of the drought, cattle thin from lack of food. Hard truth that we live in some areas in Brazil. It is a lament, a touch of cowboy who does not know which day it will rain again.

Father [+ INFO]

Another afro- samba from the master Baden Powell, a formula that just works. Melody quick understanding, simple and straightforward. There are some gaps between the notes that give a sense of something well done. Chords also an admirable simplicity, but also with some little notes that enhance the harmony. And the rhythm that inspires the most beautiful dances.

Teba [+ INFO]

Did to please my mother, of course. But also because I think is an emblematic name. I like the sound of the words, it is really a name for a song.




Hamilton de Holanda TRIO - Release


Virtuosic, brilliant and unique are some of the adjectives to describe this musician who thrills audiences around the world, building a career of countless awards. With superb technique and absolute Brazilianness, either on stage or in the studio, Hamilton takes the breath away with interpretations and performances full of emotion. His versatility allows him to perform with property in any formation.


His latest work, HAMILTON DE HOLANDATRIO, has a universal nature and an immediate identification with any audience in the world without affecting its 100% essentially Brazilian nature. It is formed by Hamilton de Holanda (10-string mandolin), Thiago Serrinha (percussion) and André Vasconcellos (double bass). Such formation recreates the best of two worlds: the acoustic intimacy and virtuosic density that Hamilton normally emanates in his solo concerts plus the characteristic pressure and joy featured in Hamilton de Holanda Quintet’s work.


André Vasconcellos comes from a family with musical background. He is a reference point in Brazilian bass music and has played with Hamilton for a long time. This friendship has built a symbiosis – they know and trust each other’s note paths. Thiago da Serrinha, percussionist, born and raised in the Rio`s Favelas, has the tradition of ‘’Jongo da Serrinha"- a cultural manifestation associated with African culture in Brazil with a powerful influence on the construction of the genre known today as "Samba" - running in his blood and name. 

Hamilton, aged 37 and 32 years of professional career, started playing at 5.  Since then, he has been regarded as a prodigy. At the age of 6, he was entitled to a performance on "Fantastico’’, the most popular Brazilian TV evening show. Nowadays, around the world, he is a transgressor of the mandolin and creator of the technique of playing the 10-string mandolin, freeing the emblematic Brazilian instrument legacy from some of its influences and genres as well as featuring a new artistic language and rejuvenating the image of the Bandolim, also known as Mandolin.


Hamilton de Holanda`s signature is identified in his solos. His way of playing, the increased number of strings and the delicacy of his picking combined with the speed solos and improvisations inspired a new generation and a new sound. Whether it is jazz, samba, rock, pop, lundu or Choro, little does it matter. Hamilton`s search is for simplicity, music focused on beauty and spontaneity, not necessarily new. In his view, there is a new world full of possibilities and his guiding principle is "Modern is Tradition". What is important is not the past or the future, but the intersection between them both, the exact point at which they blend, right here, right now, the present moment, the "is" - here and now.


The repertoire covers Hamilton’s new compositions and some of the 24 "Caprices" he composed, inspired by Paganini’s Caprices, to serve as a method of studying the 10-string mandolin. In addition, there are songs by other composers and great Brazilian musicians like Chico Buarque, João Bosco and Baden Powell. Fasten your seatbelts and get ready with love and care to get loose.