Choro das 3 — the “First Family of Choro” — returns to Memphis on their 7th U.S. tour for an unforgettable evening of joy, excitement, and megachops in The Green Room at Crosstown Arts.
Doors at 7 pm | Performance at 7:30 pm
Brazilian choro music is a living gem — the “roots music” of that country and the mother of the samba and bossa nova we love. In choro, the flavors of immigrant mazurkas, polkas, and waltzes are seasoned with smoky tango and simmered in an irresistible Afro-Brazilian groove. From Heitor Villa-Lobos to Darius Milhaud to Stan Getz to Walt Disney, choro has inspired artists of all stripes and is a window into an entire musical world. Catchy and melodic – easy to appreciate – yet bursting with kaleidoscopic virtuosity that fascinates the listener, choro has been well-described as “classical music played with bare feet and callused hands.”
About Choro das 3:
A Brazilian instrumental group of three sisters and their father, Choro das 3 began to play as a band in 2002. Flutist Corina doubles on piccolo, trading lead and counterpoint roles with Elisa on bandolim (Brazilian mandolin), tenor banjo, clarinet, and accordion; Elisa also writes and performs at the piano. Lia anchors the harmony and provides the bass lines so essential to choro with the violão de sete cordas (7-string guitar). Their father, Eduardo, supplies the rhythmic heartbeat with the pandeiro (Brazilian frame drum).
Choro das 3 shares a tradition that’s over 100 years old, one that continues to attract new composers, musicians, and audiences. The group has received accolades all over Brazil and abroad for virtuosity and creative energy, and has played a significant role in the preservation, renovation, and modernization of Choro.
About West Tennessee Choro:
This concert is a collaboration between Crosstown Arts and West Tennessee Choro, a non-profit corporation based in the Memphis area created to share the popular instrumental musical styles of Brazil with music lovers of all ages through education, participation, and presentation.