Egberto Gismonti
Egberto Gismonti © Roberto Cifarelli
Egberto Gismonti
Egberto Gismonti © Roberto Cifarelli

Between classical music and folklore

As a soloist, guitar and piano virtuoso Egberto Gismonti blends the musical folklore of his homeland with the world of classical music. The sumptuous orchestral colours, which the blessed improviser teases out of his instruments, rightly earn him comparisons with the great Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. After his first Elbphilharmonie appearance at Manfred Eicher’s Reflektor Festival, then in the Avishai Cohen Quartet, Gismonti now performs solo at the »Brazilian Legends« Festival.

Gismonti comes from a family of musicians from Carmo in the state of Rio de Janeiro. After studying composition in Paris with Jean Barraqué and Nadia Boulanger, it was primarily encountering the music of Xingu from the Amazon rainforest which influenced his inimitable musical style.

Gismonti celebrated his international breakthrough in 1976 with the album »Dança das Cabeças«, which he recorded together with Brazilian percussionist Nana Vasconcelos. Gismonti worked with icons from all genres, such as Quincy Jones, Miles Davis and Yo-Yo Ma. Fans of the world-famous multi-instrumentalist include mandolin virtuoso Hamilton de Holanda from Rio de Janeiro as well as the unforgettable hip hop producer J Dilla from Detroit, Michigan.


Egberto Gismonti guitar, piano


Brazilian Legends

Promoter: HamburgMusik

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