The duo was here under the auspices of the Fort Worth Classic Guitar Society and Allegro Guitar Society of Dallas (the performance seen for this review at University Park United Methodist Church in Dallas). This is a rather unwieldy name considering that they are both basically two halves of the same organization. This/these group(s) is/are responsible for the uptick in all things guitar locally. In addition to the concerts, they also sponsor the Allegro Guitar Camp.
The Brasil Duo is made up of Douglas Lora and Joao Luis from São Paulo, who started playing guitar duets as childhood friends. Watching them play, you get the feeling that their exact communication and precise ensemble has something to do with ESP. They rarely glance at each other. When they do, it is not for musical reasons, but to share a “that went well” smile.
It is difficult to comment on the music that they played because they didn’t stick to the printed program, but announced the changes of pieces from the stage. Adding to the mystery is the fact that many of the selection they played were written for them by Brazilian and Cuban composers that are unfamiliar names. A few names, such as Mario Castlenuovo Tedesco, were familiar—but most were not.
However, none of this mattered. We were thrilled to hear them play whatever they wanted to present. Their technical mastery was astounding, but that alone was not the key to their performance. Their innate musicianship made each of the selections, which were mostly unknown, a riveting piece that made you wonder why you had not heard it before.
Let us hope that the Brasil Duo returns sometime soon.