Fri. 21 July 2023 – 16:00
Maripepa Contreras presents MEMBER CONCERT:

O Choro Club do Rio Amstel

Brazilian instrumental music

Immerse yourself in the captivating melodies of Brazilian Choro music. Experience the warmth and conviviality it evokes together. Choro (pronounced Sjoro) means "cry" or "cry". It is an instrumental genre that originated in 19th-century Rio de Janeiro. It is characterised by fast and joyful rhythms, virtuosity, improvisation and subtle modulations. Despite its name, its melodies are enchanting. It is the first typical Brazilian genre of urban popular music, played by "serenadores" known as "Chorões".

At this concert, some of the few and best artists of the genre in the Netherlands will play. It consists of a rhythm section of guitar and or cavaquinho (a small metal string Brazilian guitar) plus a pandeiro (a percussion instrument), and soloists, in this case oboe and mandolin. Like Jazz, Choro reflects a fusion of European and African musical styles, incorporating genres such as polka, waltz and habanera. Initially enjoyed at informal gatherings, it has gradually gained popularity through records and radio. Today, Choro remains a vibrant part of Brazilian culture. Join us for an unforgettable evening, where Choro's sophistication and embodiment of the Brazilian soul will captivate your heart. Experience the magic of Choro, a true celebration of beautiful melodies, warmth and conviviality. After the concert, you can stay for a Roda de Choro (a jam session) that includes similar repertoire but in an informal setting where amateurs and students from the Choro school will join in.

Oboe: Maripepa Contreras
Mandolin: Lionel "Lonny" Ziblat
Cavaquinho: **Marijn van der Linden **
7-string guitar: Daniel Montes
Percussion: Wagner Vasconcelos

Member concert
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