Duo Violão Brasil
História do choro
Rogério Souza and Edinho Gerber, guitars
with special guest Ami Molinelli, percussion
Direct from Brazil, two fabulous Brazilian guitarists, accompanied by percussionist Ami Molinelli, from the Bay Area. Don’t miss this opportunity to see this incredible group of musicians now touring America. This album is a direct result of over 3 years of touring and performance together and the result of a generous grant from the San Francisco Arts Commissions IAC grant. Each track explores the rich and diverse repertoire that made up early choro music such as European waltzes, Tango Habanera, Maxixe, Lundu and more. The album spans over 160 years of music and will feature new arrangements and compositions as well.
A master of both 6 and 7 string guitars, Rogério Souza is one of the foremost representatives of the music of Rio de Janeiro. He is an award-winning composer and arranger who has worked with a veritable who’s who of Brazilian artists.
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. Duo Violão joins pandeiro player and percussionist Ami Molinelli who records with Grupo Falso Baiano, one of the leading American choro bands.
Son of a Brazilian mother and American father, guitarist and composer Edinho Gerber possesses a rich musical vocabulary developed in the two countries he was raised in: both the U.S. and Brazil. A staple in the Chicago music scene for many years, he has performed in prestigious festivals and concerts throughout the U.S., Russia, and Japan, and currently resides in Rio de Janeiro where he performs regularly with Duo Violão Brasil and inventive new cross-cultural collaboration with Ben Lamar Gay.