DANILO BRITO MANDOLIN

BRAZIL

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Danilo Brito is an award-winning wizard of the mandolin and an authority in the art of playing choro. His repertoire spans more than a century from the birth of Brazil's first national music to the nation's major composers and forward to new compositions that expand the literature. His ability as a composer fuels his skill as an interpreter: he understands a composer's intention and brings its essence forward with clarity that often exceeds the original. To create at this level requires the virtuosity and musical wisdom that he earned in decades of playing with Brazil's greatest choro musicians. Though he was born with the talent of a prodigy, many years of participation in rodas de choro, gatherings of musicians to play choro repertoire, taught him the literature and performance practices of one of the most challenging and beautiful musical genres. From this artistic incubator he has emerged with emotive power that transcends choro and has become one of the world's most remarkable musicians.

 

His most recent album, Da Natureza das Coisas (The Nature of Things), features new compositions of his own as well as interpretations of works by Brazilian composers such as Heitor Villa-Lobos and guitarist Garoto. The album was recorded in the studio without headphones or editing with the musicians seated in a circle as in a rodas de choro. Songlines Magazine of the UK chose it for their Top of the World collection in 2020.

PRESS QUOTES

“... a mandolinist who causes chills in those who watch him. People of the old guard say that he can only be the reincarnation of the incomparable Jacob do Bandolim ...”

JÚLIO MARIA, JORNAL DA TARDE (SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL)

“After-show comments seemed unanimous — newborn fans of Brito's music wished there had been a second show scheduled so they could share their delightful discovery with friends. No higher praise than that. Stunning.”

JON SANTIAGO, CHARLESTON CITY PAPER (SC)

"Danilo Brito uses the mandolin strings as an extension of his soul. This can be seen by how naturally he plays with complete command of the instrument, always showing a unique intimacy with the music. Despite his youth, Brito has impressive musical knowledge. His major accomplishment is to touch the souls of his audience and to make them 'listen' to the music. Any description or compliment about his virtuosity would be just too pale." 
BORIS CASOY, JORNAL DA RECORD (BRAZIL)

 

"The guy is a master." DAVID GRISMAN, AMERICAN MANDOLINIST

ARTIST WEBSITES

DANILO BRITO QUINTET - TINY DESK CONCERT AT NPR - APRIL 12, 2017

MELODIA SENTIMENTAL (HEITOR VILLA-LOBOS)

QUANDO ME LEMBRO (LUPERCE MIRANDA)

QUANDO ME LEMBRO (LUPERCE MIRANDA)

PICADINHO À BAIANA (LUPERCE MIRANDA)

DAMA (DANILO BRITO)

DANILO BRITO QUINTET AT THE KENNEDY CENTER - APRIL 11, 2017