Apart from his work as a solo musician, Daniel has had extensive experience collaborating with other musicians, both in concert and in recordings. From his many experiences, we chose to highlight two partnerships which have been active for a number of years.
DANIEL WOLFF (guitar) & THIAGO DE MELLO (organic percussion)
Daniel and Thiago de Mello met in New York through guitarist Carlos Barbosa-Lima, with whom Thiago . was preparing the repertoire for their CD Chants for the Chief. Upon getting acquainted with Daniel’s work as an arranger, Carlos and Thiago invited him to write the arrangements for several tracks of the CD. Thus began an enduring friendship and collaboration
After this first work, Daniel arranged a large number of Thiago’s compositions for varied instrumental combinations. Several of these arrangements, upon being performed in the United Sates, Europe and South America, have been recorded by Daniel and other internationally acclaimed musicians such as guitarist Sharon Isbin and saxophone player Paul Winter, resulting in a Grammy Award in 2001.
Joining their forces as performers, Daniel and Thiago formed the Heart to Heart duo, in which Daniel’s guitar playing is matched by Thiago ‘s organic percussion (the readers of Down Beat Magazine voted Thiago the 3rd best percussionist in the United States). They have performed successfully in Brazil and the United States, and in 2005 released the CD The Right Seasons – Heart to Heart, containing Daniel’s arrangements of Thiago’s pieces for guitar in a variety of instrumental combinations. Composer and producer Carlos Branco defined the CD as “absurdly beautiful”, while Grammy Award winner guitarist Sharon Isbin, professor at New York’s Julliard School, commended the “wonderful performances and arrangements”.
For further info on the CD The Right Seasons, please visit CDs & Sound Samples.
Further info on Thiago’s work can be found at his homepage.