Hamilton de Holanda Quintet in Toronto

Concerts also in Montreal and Ottawa.

Quintet: Gabriel Grossi, André Vasconcellos, Xande Figueiredo, Hamilton de Holanda, and Daniel Santiago. – Photo: Eric Major

As part of the celebrations of Independence Day in Brazil, the Consulate of Brazil in Toronto and Montreal, and the Embassy of Brazil in Ottawa, have brought the prestigious Hamilton de Holanda Quintet to Canada. They performed in Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal, between the 6th and 8th of September.

During his visit to Toronto, the group participated in a chat with the Brazilian press hours before the show at Koerner Hall. “I’m damn proud of my country. I get to step on a stage and play a song and show that it is from Brazil,” said Hamilton, a virtuoso musician who infects audiences around the world and with a career filled with numerous awards.

Hamilton de Holanda and his quintet is composed of renowned musicians who have participated in tours and albums of other artists: André Vasconcellos on bass (Djavan, Simone, Ed Motta, Milton Nascimento), Gabriel Grossi on harmonica (Chico Buarque, Lenine, Ney Matogrosso, Dave Matthews), Daniel Santiago on guitar, Xande Figueiredo on drums (Sivuca, Cazuza, João Bosco, Paulinho da Viola), and Hamilton de Holanda on mandolin 10 string.

The Canadian shows of this tour were divided into two parts:

At first, he performed “Monumental Symphony,” a tribute to 50 years of Brasilia, composed by Hamilton and Daniel Santiago, which was part of the quintet’s latest album, the Brasiliano 3. “Every movement tells about the history of the building of the city building and that of today too,” says Hamilton who was born in Rio de Janeiro, but has resided in the capital of Brazil for a few years.

In the second part, “We do one thing better known as a medley of Pixinguinha, Baden Powell and Vinicius de Moraes, plus some older stuff from my repertoire,” says the musician.

Whether in Canada, France, or Brazil, the music quality of the Hamilton de Holanda Quintet overcomes any language barrier. “The feeling I have is that the music is truly universal. Instrumental music does not have linguistic border. “- Says.

The Wave team was present at the concert in celebration of the Independence Day of Brazil, and here are some photos.

Photos: Marcelo Coimbra.

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Translation: Eric Major.

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