Doug de Vries is one of Australia’s best, most experienced and versatile guitarists and composers, excelling in many musical genres from jazz to choro, samba and bossa nova; styles that form the basis of Brazilian popular music, and is considered Australia’s leading exponent of Brazilian guitar repertoire. He is particularly noted for his sophisticated accompaniments, deep knowledge and daring improvisations in jazz and other settings, be it solo guitar or in ensembles.
He has toured and recorded with major artists including: Diana Clark, Don Burrows, Kate Ceberano, Paul Grabowsky, Vince Jones and Judy Jacques from Australia, Barbara Morrison and Andy Bey from the United States and Yamandu Costa, Mauricio Carrilho, Proveta and Lula Galvao from Brazil.
In 2004 Doug was acknowledged for his contribution to Australian music, receiving a two-year fellowship to continue his long-standing devotion to the study and performance practice of South American music, embarking on another research and recording venture to Brazil. There he collaborated with the Choro legend, Mauricio Carrilho recording a new album of original works ‘Jacaranda’ released by Acari Records in 2007, making him one of the select few outsiders to be acknowledged by his peers in Brazil signifying that Australia has produced a guitarist of international stature.
2009 saw him complete a national tour of Australia in trio format with Diana Clark and Stephen Grant, the highlights of which are shortly to be released on a live CD and DVD.
Thereafter he took up an invitation to appear in the inaugural Choro Jazz Jericoacoara Festival in the northeast of Brazil in a feature concert.
Praise for Doug de Vries:
‘Melbourne guitarist Doug de Vries has long been revered for his magical playing and willingness and determination to explore new sounds and styles. (His) artistry is eloquent, joyous and exuberant’ Herald Sun.
‘We are indeed fortunate that Doug de Vries likes living in Melbourne.’ Mike Daily, The Age.
See also: www.dougdevries.com