Duo Violão + 1
October 13 @ 7:00 pm$10 – $20
Brazilian Choro Masters in Concert
A rare chance to hear a trio of masters of Brazilian choro, Duo Violão + 1, during their third West Coast tour. Seattle band Choroloco opens the concert. Advance tickets are available from Brown Paper Tickets (duoviolao-sfs.brownpapertickets.com/ or 1-800-838-3006), and at prior Seattle Folklore Society concerts. Remaining tickets will be available at the door ($2 more for adults, payable by cash or check). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7:00 p.m. concert.
Duo Violão + 1
Guitarists Rogério Souza, one of the foremost representatives of the music of Rio de Janeiro and pioneer of the Choro Novo style, and Edinho Gerber, a multi-cultural and genre crossing artist, have performed together over the last five years as Duo Violão Brasil, and developed a truly unique sound and approach to performing the music of their home country. 2019 marks the release of their first album, A História do Choro, where the duo joined forces with Ami Molinelli, one of the preeminent American pandeiro players and percussion virtuosos, to create Duo Violão + 1.
A História do Choro, their first recorded collaboration, guitarists Rogério Souza, and Edinho Gerber, alongside percussionist Ami Molinelli, survey the musical history and evolution of Choro, revealing its rhythmic and harmonic permutations and, in the process, create an album that is coherent in timbre and vision while marvelously varied in its nuances.
-Professor Bryan McCann, Georgetown University
Their lively performances expand on the Choro-centric repertoire from the album and explore the wealth of styles of Brazilian instrumental music from Baião to Samba to Bossa Nova. While always choosing from the best of Brazilian popular music and approaching it with fresh and unique perspectives, the group showcases original works and inventive arrangements with exuberance, deep musicianship, and reverence for the ever-evolving tradition of Brazil’s greatest art form.
Brazilian choro, a precursor of samba and bossa nova, sprang from the encounter of African rhythms with European dances in mid-19th century Rio de Janeiro. In the 21st century, it remains vital and growing, as audiences discover its tradition of reinvention. Ami Molinelli observes that “the fantastic reception we’ve received on tours to the Southwest and Pacific Northwest reflects just how hungry people are to hear and learn about this music.”
In Choroloco, Stuart Zobel (7 string guitar), Naoyuki Sawada (cavaquinho and bandolim) and Brandi Ledferd (pandeiro and vibraphone), together since 2013, bring their experience in Brazilian music as well as different musical genres such as tango and classical music to create a sound that appeals to lovers of instrumental music of all kinds. They were invited to the Berkeley Choro Festival in 2015, and frequently perform throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Choroloco’s full-length CD has received airplay on radio stations.