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Doug de Vries is one of Australia's foremost guitarists and a significant composer for the guitar, excelling in many musical genres, from jazz to choro, tango and bossa nova. He is considered Australia's leading exponent of Brazilian guitar repertoire and recently released a solo album of original works and classic Brazilian repertoire, 'DdV Solo' in addition to a Melburne sextet choro recording. Doug is particularly noted for his sophisticated accompaniments, deep knowledge, and daring improvisations whether in solo or group settings.

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Sexteto Zona Sul - Sexteto Zona Sul plays choro, an ever-expanding instrumental music that originated in Brazil and is now flowering around the world.

Review at Stonnington Jazz Festival, May 2014 at Chapel Off Chapel

"Brazilian choro (pronounced shoro) and maxixi (mashishi) were new to me, so I was hoping that the music would be accompanied by some explanations of the musical forms. I was not disappointed. The Chapel Off Chapel space was packed to hear Doug de Vries as an engaging advocate for the intricate and rhythmically strong choro regionale that he explained was gaining ground in Melbourne as well as being popular across the world.

The “sextet of the southern zone” treated us to choro sambas, maxixi — which de Vries said was an older form of choro that had a longer history of development than jazz — and tributes to Brazilian musicians, such as Yamanda Costa, who will be performing with de Vries in Adelaide in July...

This was music requiring great skill from nimble-fingered players with impeccable timing and virtuosity. Sexteto Zona Sul delivered.

Sexteto Zona Sul is a talented ensemble and clearly one not to miss.

The duet (or duel) between de Vries on guitar and Kerr on pandeiro in Num Pagode Em and Plana Hina almost stole the set. Not quite. Doug de Vries did that in a solo during the Baden Powell-inspired Afro-Sambas suite — it was superb..." full review and photos here


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DdV Solo

'DOUG DE VRIES Solo' CD includes the acclaimed 'Hummingbird' performed in a world premier with Yamandu Costa at the 2010 Adelaide International Guitar festival, (and released subsequentlyin Brazil by Costa) with a bonus PDF of sheet music on the CD.

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