Clube Do Choro de Miami 1/14/09

Euclid Oval on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach
January 14TH, 28TH and February 4TH
8:00PM – 10:00PM
Presented by American Airlines

In celebration of the new daily flights connecting Miami to Salvador, Recife and also Belo Horizonte, three major Brazilian cities, American Airlines is proud to present a free music celebration on Lincoln Road for all to enjoy. The public is invited to enter a raffle for a free trip to Brazil!

Winner of a Brazilian Press Award for Best Authentic Brazilian Instrumental Music Ensemble in the United States, Clube do Choro de Miami is comprised of Brazilian musicians living in South Florida: Danuzio Lima on flute, Ivo de Carvalho on 7-string guitar, Bill Duba on cavaquinho, Victor Souto on mandolin and Claudio Silva on pandeiro. Clube do Choro will present 3 free concerts at the Euclid Oval on Lincoln Road. Concerts will take place on Wednesday evenings January 14th, 28th and February 14th starting at 8:00PM.

In the maze of music in Miami, one type, said to be decades older than Jazz, is carving a niche among music lovers from all backgrounds. The name is Choro (pronounced ‘sho-row’),which literally means “I cry”, and one listen to this Brazilian import and you can see why it has been described as the perfect marriage of European and African music. Quite simply, Choro is to Bossa Nova what Ragtime is to Bebop. Before there was Samba and Bossa Nova the working class developed Choro, the first truly Brazilian form of music.

Choro was born in Rio de Janeiro the mid-nineteenth century and was first regarded as Brazil’s version of classical dance music like the waltz and the tango. Choro music really in took shape in the 1920’s when master flute improviser Pixinguinha, who’d go on to become one of the genre’s most prolific composers, incorporated Afro-Brazilian percussionists into his performances.

“Choro is perhaps best described as instrumental music drenched with African influences and important features in interpretation, improvisation and virtuosity,” says Danuzio Lima, cofounder of Clube do Choro de Miami.

“Between waves of other rhythms which appeared from time to time, especially from abroad, Choro has endured and has captivated the attention of younger generations in Brazil,” according to Lima. “People are enchanted by its beauty and excellence, and it’s just as easy to listen to as it is to dance to.”

Choro groups usually consist of acoustic instruments including, flute; madolin or clarinet (as soloists); seven-string guitar; six-string guitar; cavaco (four-strings); and percussion.

Clube do Choro de Miami is founded by musicians living in the Miami area. These musicians are just as dedicated to introducing the music form to new audiences as they are to keeping it alive for the many Brazilians who call Miami home.

“Our goal is really two-fold,” says Bill Duba, “we want to create ‘roda de choro’ where local musicians can get together to play choros on a regular basis and to offer lovers of this genre music a chance to reminisce about Brazil.”