Celebrating 10 years of rodas do choro open jams at Couth Buzzard Books. Three days of performances highlighting the versatility of this roots music called the soul of Brazil. Starting in 19th century Rio de Janeiro, choro blends African rhythms with European dance forms in a lively, intricate mix. The highlight of the festival is this appearance by choro aces Rogério and Tiago Souza.
A master of both 6 and 7 string guitars, Rogério Souza is one of the foremost representatives of the music of Rio de Janeiro. He is a pioneer in developing the style of music that is known today as “choro novo” – innovative interpretations of traditional Brazilian instrumental music while remaining true to the roots of the music. His current show focuses on the art of Brazilian guitar and includes original works as well as classic repertoire. He has worked with a multitude of world class Brazilian Musicians, including: Baden Powell, Paulinho da Viola, Sivuca, João Bosco, Paulo Moura, Ivan Lins, Guinga, Nó em Pingo D’agua, Época de Ouro, Elizeth Cardoso, and Elza Soares.
Tiago Souza follows in the footsteps of his father, Ronaldo do Bandolim, an icon of the Brazilian mandolin and former member of Época do Ouro. Playing with emotion and freedom, Tiago is part of a school of musicians formed in the Lapa district in Rio during the 2000s that mixes traditional choro with other musical styles like baião, samba, tango, and jazz, while creating a new style of interpretation and improvisation. He has participated in several recordings of choro and samba, and is a regular participant in the biggest choro festivals in Brazil as well as touring regularly throughout Europe and the U.S.
They will be joined by Seattle-based bandolim player Naoyuki Sawada and other choro musicians in a performance of traditional and modern choro music.