Ami Molinelli and Duo Violão Brasil: A History of Choro

Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Photo of Duo Violao and Amy Molinelli holding their instruments
This workshop and concert features a new album that chronicles more than 160 years of Brazil's first national music, "choro." Musical styles include the Lundu, European Valsa, polca, tango habanera and maxixe that created the choro genre and paralleled American jazz with indigenous, European and African influences. Composers include Villa-Lobos, Chicquinha Gonzaga and Pixinguinha. Supported by funding from the San Francisco Arts Commission. Free.
Creative Arts Building, Knuth Hall
School of Music
School of Music
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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.

Ami Molinelli

Ami Molinelli is a professional percussionist and educator specializing in Brazilian and Latin percussion, especially the pandeiro. She is the co-leader of the Brazilian choro and jazz ensemble, Grupo Falso Baiano. Molinelli received her Master of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts and has studied at Universidade Federal da Bahia in Salvador, Brazil.

Duo Violão and Molinelli’s first collaborative album, A History of Choro, was released March 8.