DILERMANDO REIS
(Guaratinguetá / SP, September 22, 1916 - Rio de Janeiro, January 2, 1977)

            It was with his serenity father Chico Reis, a modest employee of the city hall, that the boy Dilermando dos Santos Reis, at the age of ten, began to have his first classes of guitar. In 1931, he met the guitarist and professor Levino Conceição, after his recital in the city. Reviewed by the experienced musician, the young Dilermando, with the consent of the parents, accompanied him on his tour, which had the support of the Benjamin Constant Institute, because it was a blind man. After two years of much learning with the famous master, they arrived in Rio de Janeiro, where they separated. To provide for his livelihood, he began teaching musical instruments stores, helping to sell acoustic guitars.

From 1936, he began to appear in several radio programs, notably Renato Murce and Ademar Casé, becoming the most prestigious guitarist in the musical environment of the city.

In 1940, Dilermando joined Radio Clube do Brasil and worked at Urca's Casino as regent and conductor of the orchestra. The following year, he recorded his first 78 rpm (Columbia label), when he included his own Waltz Night of Luna and Magoado choro, accompanied by guitarist Jaime Florence (Meira). In this decade, it is also worth mentioning, in the Continental label and all of the authors: choro See Se Te Agrada (1948), Waltz Súplica, choros Tiempo de Criança (arrangement by Radamés Gnattali), Doctor Sabe-Tudo (1949).

In 1951, Dilermando released the waltz Promessa and the batuque Xodó from Bahia, among others (also by the Continental label). In 1953, he was contracted by the American television network CBS, as "solo guitarist", having performed with a lot of success, during three months. Already in the LP stage, she debuted with the album Dilermando Reis: Her Majesty the guitar (Continental, 1957), with a very diversified repertoire: Malagueña (Ernesto Lecuona), Nocturne nº 2 Opus 10 (Chopin), Si Ela Asgun (with Jair Amorim ), India (José Assunción Flores, Manuel Ortiz Guerrero). In 1963, he recorded "Drops of Tears" (Continental), with special mention among others: Brejeiro (Ernesto Nazareth), Our Tenderness and Eterna Saudade (both of his own), Cateretê Mineiro (from his former teacher and companion Levino Conceição).

Already in 1972, the exquisite Dilermando Toca Pixinguinha was published, a tribute to his friend with notable pieces: Carinhoso, Lamentos, and in partnership with Benedito Lacerda: Naive, I'm Living, At That Time, The Prowess of Solon, among others. The following year, he recorded the brilliant LP Tribute to Ernesto Nazareth (Continental), with accompaniment of Dino 7 Strings, in remarkable presentations: the choros Odeon, Tenebroso, Brejeiro, the polka I caught Cavaquinho, and the brushed tango.

In 1994, the late Raphael Rabello recalled his idol with the album Rendelo Dilermando Reis (RGE label), with inspired interpretations of Abismo de Rosas (Americo Jacomino), A Waltz and Two Loves (Dilermando Reis), Interrogando e Sons de Carrilhões João Pernambuco). The following year, the CD Dilermando Reis was released: Brazilian guitar (Phonographic Attraction), reissue of the original remastered recordings, of his last work of 1975, including the choros Miudinho, Cavaquinho Encabulado, the walks Terno Olhar, Iracema, and many others.

Dilermando Reis, who died when he died, left a lot of homesickness for his "Brazilian guitar". He was a very gifted guitarist, composed of a sensitive composer who transmits with mastery and emotion, in his admirable work, joyful or sad moments of love and tenderness, melancholy and passion. .


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