Brazilian cellist and songwriter Dominique Pinto has learned to live in motion. Born in the coastal city of Porto Alegre, she spent her childhood split between her hometown and Paris, studying cello and piano while her father pursued his doctorate. And as music developed from a passion to a career, her studies brought her to the doorstep of acclaimed American cellist Christine Walevska, who had lived in Buenos Aires for many years before returning to New York City. Dom moved to Buenos Aires at the age of 13, and whenever Christine visited they would get together for intensive teaching sessions. It was in Argentina that her older peers dubbed her “La Nena” (“little one”), a nickname that has followed her since.
It is no mystery, then, that the musical voice Dom La Nena grew into is transient and unbounded, taking shelter in the in-between spaces of life. She has drawn comparisons as disparate as “a young Brian Wilson” (Wall Street Journal), “a bossa Joanna Newsom” (Time Out New York), “Cat Power’s … lost sister” (Pop Dose), and “the shadow of Lhasa like an angel passing by” (Voir). A common thread in this collection of artists might be a sense of intimacy—Dom, like her musical forebears, invites you into a cloudy and fascinating interior. Long, wandering melodies are ornamented by cellos, pianos, and other chamber folk elements that come and go like guests at a party.
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