João Donato

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20th century Brazilian icons don’t come much bigger than João Donato.

Starting his recording career at 15, the bossa nova pianist has gone on to release a staggering 29 albums since 1953.

A major figure as a musician and arranger in the bossa nova movement, Donato has been profoundly influential across several generations of Brazilian players. João Gilberto even confessed to have taken his bossa nova beat at the violão from Donato’s piano playing.

Released in 2016, “Donato Elétrico” is his first all-new record in 15 years and sees João playing vintage electric pianos and analog synths, accompanied by a who’s who of Brazil’s new music scene.

The album was nominated for Best Instrumental Record in the Latin Grammys and appeared in best-of-2016 lists from publications like Rolling Stone Brasil magazine.



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