Black Atlantic: Danilo Brito
Saturday, March 30, 2019 | 8:00 pm
The ‘Black Atlantic’ Package, which provides access to all ‘Black Atlantic’ shows at Motorco and best available reserved seats in Baldwin Auditorium, including performances by Derek Gripper, Fatoumata Diawara, Noura Mint Seymali, Daymé Arocena, Tal National, Dafnis Prieto Big Band, and Danilo Brito, is now on sale. Packages are available for purchase online, via phone at 919-684-4444, and in person at the Duke University Box Office, Monday through Friday, 11 AM to 6 PM.
Since Danilo Brito first picked up his father’s bandolim — the Brazilian version of the mandolin, named for its pioneer, Jacob do Bandolim — as a toddler in São Paulo, it was clear he was a prodigy. His musical parents encouraged him to nurture his skill, sending him to lessons with regional masters. Brito learned to play choro, the first Brazilian popular music style, with its roots in Portuguese fado, its polka and waltz rhythms overlaid with Afro-Brazilian syncopation, and its dazzling displays of instrumental dexterity. Brito has since become the future of choro, his daring and precise mandolin runs earning him a reputation as the new Jacob do Bandolim. On his self-titled 2014 album, along with a sizzling quintet of guitars and percussion, Brito plays the role of wordless storyteller, conveying a sense of wistful romanticism, inquisitive playfulness, and youthful verve.
“Brito in particular is a master of phrasing, making the music swell and recede, ebb and flow as if the notes are on a wave.”