Saturday, March 9th – 7:30-10:00 pm
Duo Violão + 1
A History of Brazilian Choro Music
jazz club! when lights are low… every Saturday night

On their new recording, “A History of Choro,” Duo Violão + 1 survey the history and evolution of choro music, revealing its rhythmic and harmonic permutations. In the process, they have created an album “coherent in timbre and vision while marvelously varied in its nuances.”

Guitarists Rogério Souza and Edinho Gerber from Brazil (Duo Violão) have joined forces with Bay Area-based percussionist Ami Molinelli (the “+ 1”) to make the record, and now for a series of concerts and workshops in the Bay Area, including this concert at Bird & Beckett.

According to Molinelli, “The intention for this album overall was to ensure that each song reflects a different musical style within the genre of choro and to showcase reinterpretations of more recognized tunes as well as lesser known compositions.”

Their music traces choro’s history from the foundational block of the late 19th century through the first decade of the 20th century; to the intermediate range of the music from 1910 through 1940; and on to the modern range from the 1940s through to the present day. Selections include work by composers such as Henrique Alves de Mesquita, Joaquim Callado (the originator of choro), Pixinguinha, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Jacob do Bandolim, as well as original compositions by Souza and Molinelli.

Duo Violão + 1’s “História do Choro” recording project was funded with generous support from the San Francisco Arts Commission.


This live concert date at Bird & Beckett is supported by Jazz in the Neighborhood’s Guaranteed Fair Wage Fund, allowing us to pay the musicians $150 each for the performance, in an effort to raise expectations as to what constitutes a “fair wage” for professional freelance jazz musicians gigging in this City by the Bay.