Brazilian ‘Choro’ tradition arrives in Edmonds

Mandolin player Danilo Brito will perform with a band
Apr 03, 2019
Courtesy of: Danilo Brito Danilo Brito

Danilo Brito, regarded as one of Brazil's leading mandolinists and keepers of the “choro” tradition, performs in a quartet 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 5, at Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N, Edmonds.

Choro is considered the first characteristically Brazilian genre of urban popular music. The literal translation of the word is “I cry,” but its use in naming this music is figurative and points to its emotive power.

The music is marked by syncopation, counterpoint, improvisation and virtuosity. Not only does choro share these traits with jazz, it shares the era of its birth, the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Just as African and European cultures forged the new jazz music in North America, they did so in Brazil with the birth of choro. It is not a coincidence that choro catches the ear of jazz musicians, just as jazz has always interested Brazilians.

At the age of 10, Brito began to visit music shops that hosted Rodas de Choro, informal gatherings of musicians who meet to play choro. Old enough to be his grandfathers, the musicians bestowed a particularly special compliment upon Brito, saying that he was the reincarnation of Jacob do Bandolim, one of the most important figures in choro history.

Six years later, Brito would go on to win the most prestigious award competition for Brazilian music, the Prêmio Visa de Música Popular Brasileira.

ECA will be hosting a special Young Professionals Pre-show Happy Hour event the night of the performance from 6-7:30 p.m.

Tickets to Danilo Brito are $19-$44.

More information: 425-275-9595, www.ec4arts.org.

 

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