Lineu Bravo Luthier has just finished an international order. It was requested by Ken Murray, a teacher at Melbourne University, Australia, in November 2014. The five instruments are: a seven string guitar, a tenor guitar, a “cavaco”, a mandolin and a “caipira” guitar. The delivery is going to take place in May 2016.
The instruments are going to be sent to the the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (MCM) at the University of Melbourne, where Doug de Vreis, also Lineu Bravo’s client, is the main teacher of Brazilian guitar in the contemporary guitar course.
Paulo Aragao visited the school two years ago and worked with the students over three weeks. Ken says that, since then, they realized the importance of developing more ensemble arrangements for the students and exploring a wider range of instrument combinations. He applied for a grant from the university for 5 instruments to help them realize these intentions, and they were successful.
Here is an excerpt from the funding proposal for these instruments, already approved: “This project aims to build a unique set of five Brazilian stringed instruments made by Brazil’s foremost guitar luthier Lineu Bravo for use by MCM students in both contemporary and classical guitar programs. This combination of instruments is not owned by another Australian University.”.
They are planning a concert in December to showcase the new instruments. “This will be led by Doug de Vries and includes a number of staff and students from the MCM, including myself and Adam May. The concert will also coincide with an international symposium on the history of the guitar.”, says Ken Murray.
Melbourne University was founded in 1853 and is the 33rd best university in the world, according to the “Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016”, and in Australia, it is the number one.
It is a public university that stands out in the following areas: Arts, Human Science and Biomedical Science, with almost 40.000 students.
The Conservatorium of Music provides graduation and post-graduation programs of the highest quality apart from a diverse range of innovative and creative research. Their staff are among the most gifted and passionate musicians, teachers and researchers in Australia, and they challenge and inspire our students to become future leaders in music.
The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music hosts a regular series of concerts by students and staff, as well as high profile Australian and international guests.
Everything started with a Lineu’s dream, in 2010
Lineu Bravo luthier has recently been at Hamilton de Holanda’s concert, an artist with a 30-year-old brilliant career. After the performance that took place at the Colina’s Theater in São José dos Campos, a city of São Paulo, they got together for a good talk.
The luthier and the musician talked and recalled how Hamilton was surprised with a Lineu Bravo guitar, in 2010.
At that time, Lineu was finishing a 7-string requinto guitar, which is smaller than a regular one, for Yamandú Costa and, so, he had an unusual idea: to make a 5-string nylon tenor guitar (that has the same side of a requinto one). That would be an interesting instrument, since a tenor guitar is usually made of steel strings.
Lineu Bravo, then, decided to build that unusual guitar. But, who could play it? Who’d be the perfect musician that would perfectly fit in this new idea?
The meaningful dream
The answer came up from a memory about a dream Lineu had had a few months before. He was in a record store when, suddenly, he saw a CD with a white cover and the following sentence: “Hamilton de Holanda Náilon“.
From that memory, Lineu Bravo answered his own doubt and realized that the perfect musician to play his new nylon tenor guitar would be Hamilton de Holanda.
The tenor guitar became real after a meticulous handmade process and was send directly to its new owner without previous warning. Hamilton was surprised and remembers that moment: “That instrument was a great gift”.