Sunday, Oct 23 6:00 PM (one set, no break)
Brazilian choro and samba trio
Details below. The concert will be held outdoors.
We'd prefer to limit bathroom access to urgent needs.Masks are optional but recommended.
Children under 12 are welcome if they remain masked.
Suggested donation: $25/person sliding scale (under 12 free).
To reserve your spot, please email <Conc...@InstantHarmony.com>.
Be sure to include the total in your party.
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Duo Violão Plus One
Sunday, Oct 23 6:00 PM
"Nothing is more beautiful than a guitar, save perhaps two." – Fredric Chopin
Duo Violão Plus One started with two guitarists, Rogério Souza and Edinho Gerber,
and the desire to explore and expand the musical possibilities of playing two violões
(Brazilian guitars). During their first visit to the Bay Area in 2015, they met percussionist
Ami Molinelli and the musical connection was immediate.
The ensemble navigates 20th century Brazilian popular music, emphasizing Brazil’s
first original musical genre, choro, while also showcasing original works and inventive
arrangements. The group’s first album, “A História de Choro,” was released in 2019
and featured as one of the best musical albums of the Bay Area by the San Jose
Mercury News. In 2020-21 they produced a project to further explore the intersections
between choro and samba. “Raizes do Choro e Samba” (Roots of Choro and Samba)
was an online concert presented during the pandemic that featured a blend of
compositions to highlight these intersections.
"On A History of Choro, [they] survey the musical history and evolution of choro,
revealing its rhythmic and harmonic permutations and, in the process, create an
album that is coherent in timbre and vision while marvelously varied in its nuances."
- Best of the Bay Jazz albums 2019, San Jose Mercury News (Andy Gilbert)
Rogério Souza: guitar
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, João Bosco, Guinga, Nelson Cavaquinho, Martinho
da Vila, and Zeca Pagodinho.
Rogério Souza is a pioneer in developing the style of music that is known today
as “choro novo” – innovative interpretations of traditional Brazilian instrumental
music while remaining true to the roots of the music. He performs regularly at music
festivals, concerts, and workshops throughout Latin America, Europe, the US, and Asia.
Edinho Gerber: guitar
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 festivals and concerts throughout
the US, Russia, and Japan, and currently resides in Rio de Janeiro. He recently released
Ami 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. Ami received her MFA from the
California Institute of the Arts and has studied at the Universidade Federal da
Bahia in Salvador. She has studied with master percussionists Michael Spiro, John
Bergamo, Randy Gloss, and Guello to name a few. Her extensive performance
and recording credits include theater, television (NBC) and live performances with
artists such as Luciana Souza, Jovino Santos-Neto, Los Angeles Symphonic Orchestra,
Allessandro Penezzi, Mike Marshall, Hamilton de Holanda, Teka, and John Santos.