Prolific Brazilian composer and pianist João Donato dies at 88

Renowned Brazilian composer and pianist João Donato has passed away at the age of 88.

Driving the news: The death of João Donato, an influential figure in bossa nova and other genres, was confirmed on his verified Instagram account.
* Local media reported that the cause of his passing was pneumonia.

Donato’s legacy: With a career spanning several decades, Donato collaborated with top local and international artists including Chet Baker, João Gilberto, and Sergio Mendes.
* He was renowned for his ability to blend various music genres including samba, bossa nova, jazz, and forro.
* Several of his compositions, such as “A ra” (The Frog), “Bananeira” (Banana Tree), and “Minha Saudade” (My Longing), are recognized as his best-known works.

In their words: Colleagues and fans have paid tribute to Donato’s creativity and influence.
* Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva posted on Twitter: “João Donato saw music in everything. He innovated, he passed through samba, bossa nova, jazz, forro and in the mixture of rhythm built something unique.”

Donato’s personal approach: Although he played an important role in the bossa nova movement, Donato’s impact went beyond a single genre.
* His diverse musical style was illustrated by his statement in a 2014 interview, “I’m not bossa nova, I’m not samba, I’m not jazz, I’m not rumba, I’m not forro. In truth, I’m all of that at the same time.”
* Despite his many contributions, he defied confinement to just one music genre, a trait that added to his unique style and influence in the music world.

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