Duo Violão Brasil
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.
A master of both 6 and 7 string guitars, Rogério Souza is one of the foremost representatives of the music of Rio de Janeiro. Rogério is constantly producing and performing in concerts and events that showcase traditional Brazilian music, especially Samba and Choro. He has worked with a multitude of world class Brazilian Musicians as musical director and producer for concerts, TV shows, CDs, and DVDs. Some of these artists include: Baden Powell, Paulinho da Viola, Sivuca, Ney Matogrosso, Altamiro Carrilho, João Bosco, Paulo Moura, Ivan Lins, Guinga, Turíbio Santos, Rafael Rabello, Cristovão Bastos, Nó em Pingo D’agua, Época de Ouro, Elizeth Cardoso, Elza Soares, João Nogueira, Dona Ivone Lara, Nelson Cavaquinho, Guilherme de Brito, Delcio Carvalho, Martinho da Vila, and Zeca Pagodinho.
Rogério performs regularly in music festivals, concerts, and workshops throughout Latin America, Europe, the United States, and Asia. His current show focuses on the art of Brazilian guitar and includes original works as well as classic repertoire. Along with performing, Rogério frequently gives masterclasses and workshops that focus on guitar styles and cover material from his latest books and CDs.
Son of a Brazilian mother and American father, guitarist and composer Edinho Gerber possesses a rich musical vocabulary developed in the two countries where he was raised: the United States and Brazil. Navigating effortlessly between the genres of choro, jazz, samba, and blues, he is always in search of the intersection points within his dual cultural identity. A staple in the Chicago music scene for many years, he was a highly in demand sideman having played with countless U.S. based Brazilian groups, including Som Brasil, Renato Anesi Trio, A Cor do Brasil, and led the samba-jazz group Zona Sul. He has performed in prestigious festivals and concerts in throughout the United States, Russia, and Japan, and currently resides in Rio de Janeiro where he performs regularly with Duo Violão Brasil and is preparing for the upcoming releases of his debut solo album and of an inventive new cross cultural collaboration with Ben Lamar.
Since 2010, Berkeley Choro Ensemble has been performing the traditional music of Brazil called choro. Like choro music itself, which blends elements of classical chamber music and Afro Brazilian rhythm and style, its members bring their own unique talents to the sound: Virtuosic classically-trained Jane Lenoir on flute, world-class jazz performer Harvey Wainapel on clarinet, Brazilian-born composer, arranger and guitarist Ricardo Peixoto on 7-string Brazilian guitar, and multi-faceted percussionist Brian Rice on pandeiro. The groups’ repertoire includes traditional choros by Pixinguinha, Jacob Bittencourt (Jacob do Bandolim) and others, but also features contemporary Brazilian choro composers as well as compositions by our own members.
Past Choro Festival Artists
Berkeley Festival of Choro 2018 Artists
The mandolinist Ian Coury was born in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil. At eight he began the study of mandolin. The musical genre that he chose is Choro and his main influences are Jacob do Bandolim, Hamilton de Hollanda and Armandinho Macedo. Ian currently studies music theory and mandolin at the Escola de Música de Brasilia and teaches private lessons in harmony and singing.
At the age of 14, he proves that talent is of no age, since he is recognized by the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, Arts, History and Literature with Certificate of Cultural Artistic Merit and Musical Highlight and in his curriculum he has participated in the Global Strings Intensive Course (2015) and Summer Five Week (2016), conducted by Berklee College of Music, Boston / USA.
In his musical career as a soloist, Ian performed three great concerts at the renowned Clube do Choro in Brasília, a public and critical success. He has played with internationally recognized musicians like Paquito de D'Rivera, Cláudio Roditi, Hamilton de Holanda and Armandinho Macêdo, among others.
In addition to his own compositions Ian interprets choro classics by Jacob do Bandolim, Pixinguinha, Waldir Azevedo, as well as the music of Hamilton de Hollanda, Egberto Gismonti, Hermeto Pascoal, Dominguinhos, Paulinho da Viola, Luís Gonzaga, Sivuca, Baden Powell, Djavan, Armandinho Macedo, Beatles, Astor Piazzolla, among others.
Choro de Ouro
Choro das 3
Amilton Godoy Lea Freire Duo
Berkeley Choro Ensemble
Grupo Falso Baiano is a choro group that offers a window into the history and diverse culture of Brazil. Choro is one of Brazil’s earliest popular musics, dating back to the late 1800s, and, similar to jazz, it reflects the melding of African rhythms with a melodic and harmonic structure closely resembling Baroque Classical music.
G.F.B.’s exploration of choro spans nearly 100 years, including everything from the traditional to more contemporary versions and jazz influenced reinterpretations. In addition to performing and touring, Grupo Falso Baiano has worked in collaboration with the Pasadena Pops, Around the World Music Program, Young Audiences of Northern CA, and Youth in Arts, to bring choro and Brazilian music to students throughout California.
Grupo Falso Baiano takes its name from the famous Geraldo Pereira song “Falsa Baiana,” made famous by Joao Gilberto, among others. A “falsa baiana” (or falso baiano) is a fake Bahian: one who claims to come from the state of Bahia, named after its famous bay. Hence the play on words as it applies to Grupo Falso Baiano: since we hail from the San Francisco Bay Area, we are Bahians of North America, but are “fake Brazilians”.