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World Music CD Reviews Greater Latin America

Hamilton De Holanda & André Mehmari

By Michael Stone
Published October 23, 2008

Contínua Amizade/Continuous Friendship
Adventure Music

Two of Brazil’s most exciting young performer/composers unite on a superb essay of the Brazilian sound. Conservatory-trained pianist André Mehmari has written for Quinteto Villa-Lobos, the São Paulo State Symphony, and the São Paulo String Quartet, while setting trends in jazz and MPB. Latin Grammy nominee Hamilton de Holanda, master of the distinctive teardrop-shaped 10-string bandolim (Brazilian mandolin), has played with his brother, guitarist Fernando César, along with Cesaria Evora, João Bosco, Hermeto Pascoal, Richard Galliano, and Mike Marshall. From distinctive backgrounds, they nevertheless evince a common feeling for their Brazilian roots, from tender interpretations of Pixinguinha’s “Rosa,” Nelson Cavaquinho’s “Notícia,” and Paulinho da