It is strange for such joyous music to be called Choro, which quite literally translates as “to cry”.

It was born in the middle of the 19th century when musicians began experimenting by fusing together African and European dance rhythms with Brazilian folk tunes. Often described as Brazilian jazz, Choro became the music of the people and spread throughout Brazil. “This music is ageless”, says trumpeter Silverio Pontes. “In a Choro group, one is 70, another 15, and the third 40 … This music is… like a communion. For they all are taking part in this great thing that’s already over 100 years old. That is fantastic.”

Brejeiro respectfully walk in the footsteps of this unique tradition. adding their own unique line up of twin mandolins leading and weaving delicate harmony, cavaquiho, flute, pulsating guitar and innovative percussion.

‘La Llorona’ celebrates the music of Brazilian composer Pixinguinha, recognised as one of the greatest flute players and improvisors of his generation, and the virtuoso mandolin player and composer, Jacob do Bandolim along with Mike Pryor’s original composition ‘La Frontiera’ adding a contemporary flavour.

Choro may have begun over 150 years ago but it is still very alive today and still evolving. Relax, sip your caipirinha, tuck into your traditional Pao de Queijo and absorb the Latin atmosphere.

Important composers and players

Chiquinha Gonzaga

Ernesto Nazareth

Pixinguinha

Jacob do Bandolim

Luperce Miranda

Altamiro Carrilho

Waldir Azevedo

Books

A Social History of Choro of Braziilian Popular Music

Links

Choro in Europe

History of Choro

Choro magazine

www.marilynnmair.com

Workshops

Transvers Arts and Clube do Choro UK – once a month Saturdays London

Festivals

Annual Festival de Choro Paris

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