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Hamilton de Holanda's Brasilianos Earns Latin Grammy Nomination as "Best Instrumental Album"


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Mandolin phenomenon Hamilton De Holanda, recently said to be “widely considered as the best Brazilian mandolin player," by Public Radio's “The World," has just been nominated for his first Latin Grammy award. The nomination is for his critically acclaimed debut for Adventure Music, Brasilianos, which was released in the summer of 2006.

“I am thrilled to be nominated," said De Holanda, speaking from Rio. “It is a personal honor and it also acknowledges the new generation of young virtuoso musicians who are mixing the best Brazilian spices into a universal musical pot," he continued. “Maybe the best way to define what we are all doing is 'modern is tradition,' since we strive to remain true to the many artists who have inspired us, such as Hermeto Pascoal, Egberto Gismonti, Baden Powell, Pixinguinha, and Villa Lobos."

On Brasilianos, the 32-year-old De Holanda fronts a quintet of those top flight young Brazilian musicians, including guitarist (and Adventure Music label-mate) Daniel Santiago, bassist Andrew Vasconcellos, drummer Marcio Bahia, and harmonica player Gabriel Grossi. In their reviews of the CD, Mandolin Cafe said, “Hamilton De Holanda stands out like a beacon for the future of Brazilian music today," Musica Brasileira stated, “Simply put, this album is electrifying," and the All Music Guide called De Holanda “the most virtuosic mandolinist in Brazil today."

Most recently, De Holanda collaborated with fellow mandolinist Mike Marshall on the Adventure Music release New Words/Novas Palavras, and has just released a solo mandolin recording for the label, titled Intimo. He is currently at work in Brazil with on a follow up quintet recording to Brasilianos, titled Brasilianos 2, which is scheduled for release in 2008.

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