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Choro Bastardo

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Reception to follow

Members $15 and Non-members $30.

Choro Bastardo

Original compositions and arrangements

Choro is the traditional Brazilian instrumental music from the beginning of the 20th century. Using Baroque, early Jazz, and Contemporary Classical music as springboard, Choro Bastardo explores the different streams of music that can somehow share elements with the Choro tradition, recreating the atmosphere of cabarets and vaudeville in Rio de Janeiro. Mixing Jelly Roll Morton and Pixinguinha, Darius Milhaud and Ernesto Nazareth, John Cage and Jacob do Bandolim, Choro Bastardo represents a groundbreaking transformation in the realm of Contemporary Improvisation associated with neo-folklorist practices.

The program will include some of their original compositions, some compositions by Brazilian choro composers like Pixinguinha, Jacob do Bandolim and others and arrangements of compositions by Bach, Jelly Roll Morton and some more.

Choro Bastardo combines the traditional Choro style with each of the band members' different musical and cultural backgrounds to create a sonority that is different from the original, yet loyal to the playful spirit of that music. The members of Choro Bastardo are Henrique Eisenmann (piano), Ben Andrews (violin and mandolin), Ilya Portnov (harmonica), and Adam Bahrami (pandeiro).

Registration for this event will begin on December 2 at 9:00 a.m. Please note that online registration closes at 2:00 p.m. on the day of the event. Contact the Events Department directly to register after this time.

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This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
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