Tonight’s presentation will feature over 160 years of Brazilian choro including a repertoire of the musical styles that created the genre now called “choro.” The concert will be divided into 3 parts: Part 1: “The Birth of Choro” will include musical styles from 1850 – 1900 such as the African Lundu, Schottisch, and Spanish Habanerea. Part 2: will showcase Choro and Samba with references to Jacob de Bandolim and Radames Gnattal with compositions including maxixe, choro and sambas of 1900 – 1950. Part 3: “Choro Novo” will illustrate references until today in 2018 including modern choros and compositions including compositions by Rogerio Souza.
On A History of Choro, their first recorded collaboration, guitarist Rogério Souza, guitarist Edinho Gerber, and 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.
According to Molinelli, “The intention for this album overall was to ensure that each song reflects a different musical style within the genre of choro and to showcase reinterpretations of more recognized tunes as well as lesser known compositions.”
The album’s 12 tracks present choro’s history in three blocks: the first representing the foundational block of the late 19th century through the first decade of the 20th century; the second representing the intermediate range of the music from 1910 through 1940; and the third representing the modern range from the 1940s through to the present day. Selections by composers such as Henrique Alves de Mesquita, Joaquim Callado (by all accounts the verified creator of both the choro style and name), Pixinguinha, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Jacob do Bandolim, are here performed alongside original compositions by Souza and Molinelli.