CHORO GUITAR TRIO FROM RIO DE JANEIRO
The guitar trio celebrates the works of two of Brazil’s most important composer-musicians,Radamés Gnattali (1906-1988) and Pixinguinha (1897-1973), who together defined the changing sounds and language of Brazilian instrumental music. Gnattali is considered by many the next most important Brazilian art music composer after Heitor Villa-Lobos. Working as a composer, radio arranger, and pianist, in both art and popular music, Gnattali inspired a generation of Brazil’s most famous instrumentalists, including Garoto, Jacob do Bandolim, and Raphael Rabello. Pixinguinha, in turn, is considered the father of Brazilian music, having influenced the birth and growth of Brazil’s two most characteristic genres, siblings samba and choro. From his time to ours, his massive output as a composer continues to dominate Brazilian instrumental music jam sessions around the world. The trio’s proud celebration and dissemination of this unique cultural heritage comes through in its original arrangements for 6- and 7-string guitars.
RICARDO PEIXOTO with DUO VIOLAO BRASIL
Born in Rio de Janeiro, guitarist, composer, and arranger Ricardo Peixoto came to the U.S. by way of a scholarship to Boston’s Berklee College of Music, and later settled in the San Francisco Bay Area. His fluid melodic sense and original harmonic approach place him among the top representatives of Brazilian guitar in the US today.
Duo Violão Brasil
NOTHING IS MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN A GUITAR, SAVE PERHAPS TWO. – FREDRIC CHOPIN
Duo Violão Brasil is the result of guitarists Rogério Souza and Edinho Gerber's reverence for Brazilian guitar, the “violão”, and their desire to explore and expand the musical possibilities of putting two “violões" together. With repertoire from composers like Pixinguinha, Baden Powell, and Tom Jobim, the duo navigates effortlessly through the many styles of 20th century Brazilian popular music while showcasing original works and inventive arrangements.
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