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Brazilian Music Show to be held at Yarmouk Center
November 14, 2018, 12:44 pm

The Embassy of Brazil, in partnership with Dar Al-Athar Al-Islamia, as well as Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel, Flydubai and Burgan Bank, has organized a concert featuring Brazilian musician group Reco do Bandolim and Choro Livre to be held at the Yarmouk Cultural Center on Sunday, 18 November.The show which will start at 7:00 pm is open to the public, free of charge.

Choro, is also popularly called chorinho (little cry or little lament), is an instrumental Brazilian popular music genre which originated in 19th century in Rio de Janeiro. Despite its name, the music often has a fast and happy rhythm. It is characterized by virtuosity, improvisation and subtle modulations, and is full of syncopation and counterpoint. Choro is considered the first characteristically Brazilian genre of urban popular music.

Originally choro was played by a trio of flute, guitar and cavaquinho (a small chordophone with four strings). Other instruments commonly played in choro are the mandolin, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet and trombone. These melody instruments are backed by a rhythm section composed of 6-string guitar, 7-string guitar (playing bass lines) and light percussion, such as a pandeiro.

Just like ragtime in the United States, tango in Argentina and habanera in Cuba, choro springs up as a result of influences of musical styles and rhythms coming from Europe and Africa.

In the beginning (by the 1880s to 1920s), the success of choro came from informal groups of friends, which played in parties, bars(botecos), streets and home balls. By the 1910s, many of the first Brazilian phonograph records are choros. Much of the mainstream success (by the 1930s to 1940s) of this style of music came from the early days of radio, when bands performed live on the air. By the 1950s and 1960s it was replaced by urban samba in radio, but was still alive in amateur circles called "rodas de choro" (“choro group playing”).

In the late 1970s there was a successful effort to revitalize the genre in the mainstream, through TV-sponsored nationwide festivals in 1977 and 1978, which attracted a new, younger generation of professional musicians. Thanks in great part to these efforts, choro music remains strong in Brazil.

Brazilian classical composers recognize the sophistication of choro and its major importance in Brazilian instrumental music.

Reco do Bandolim (mandolin) & Grupo Choro Livre (“Free Cry Group”)

Henrique Lima Santos Filho, known as Reco do Bandolim, is from Salvador, State of Bahia. He moved to Brasilia when he was a teenager and joined rock bands, in the early stages of the popular musical movement in the 80's. But the discovery of the mandolin aroused a definite passion for Choro, and the guitar was definitely placed sideways.

He was among the founders of Clube do Choro (“Choro’s Club”) in Brasilia, in 1978, and forged his style in musical wheels alongside the masters of Choro. Reco do Bandolimisalso a professional journalist and a radio journalist.

Owner of a refined style and elaborate interpretations, where emotion and sensitivity coexist with refinement and virtuosity, Reco has four recorded albums, among which stands out the "Reco do Bandolim&ChoroLivre", with more than five thousand copies sold. In fact, the version of "Retratos - Pixinguinha", by the master RadamésGnatalli, included in this CD, was chosen to appear on a disc that brings together the ten major interpretations of Brazilian mandolin performers.

ChoroLivreGroup has in its baptism the translation of how it sees this musical genre: creative and open to new influences. True to its roots, but without fear of dogmas, the group "shakes the dust and goes around", making a contemporary reading of the Choro classics and complementing the repertoire with new authors and compositions of theirown.

ChoroLivre has already performed or divided the stage with sacred monsters of MPB. Reco do Bandolim&ChoroLivre have already toured countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, the Caribbean and North America.

BesidesReco do Bandolim, the group consists of Henrique Neto (7 strings guitar), George Costa (6 strings guitar), MarcioMarinho (cavaquinho) and Valério Xavier (tambourine).


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