A virtuoso on both guitar and piano, Egberto Gismonti has created a body of work that stands at the crossroads of his native Brazil's folk tradition and the world of classical music, in a way which echoes his predecessor Heitor Villa-Lobos. He is also a masterful improviser. Gismonti has been described as approaching the fretboard as though it were a keyboard, often creating the impression of more than one player. His blazing technique is capable of summoning up an almost orchestral palette of colors. The Cambridge Companion to the Guitar praised this, his landmark ECM debut, Dança das Cabeças (1977) – a collaboration with percussionist Nana Vasconcelos – for its "raw intensity of textures and styles [which] reveals an indigenous Brazilian musical world quite different, and more varied, than what one might infer from popular samba and bossa renditions."
Egberto Gismonti, 8-string guitar, piano, wood flutes, voice
Nana Vasconcelos, percussion, berimbau, corpo, voice