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Duo Violao +1 (Brazil) / MANtrio / Combo Zero

October 12, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm

We’re looking forward to welcoming Duo Violao +1, on tour from Brazil, playing a survey of traditional choro music.

Doors at 7:30pm; Music at 8:00pm
$8-12 admission supports the artists and the AltLib

Long before the emergence of bossa nova and samba, choro took shape in 19th-century Rio de Janeiro as the first truly Brazilian musical style; A confluence of popular European dance music like the polka and waltz with African rhythms, particularly habanera (via Cuba) and Angolan lundu.

Duo Violao is the duo project of Brazilian guitarists Rogerio Souza and Edinho Gerber. They have since expanded to Duo Violao +1, when during their first visit to the Bay Area in 2015, they met percussionist Ami Molinelli and the musical connection was immediate. Over the following years, they travelled up and down the West Coast, performing and developing a unique sound while navigating the rhythms, styles, and sub-genres of Choro music. In 2018, their hard work paid off as Ami Molinelli received an IAC grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission for their collaboration. The result is “A Historia do Choro”, a survey of the musical history and evolution of Brasil’s greatest art form that reveals its rhythmic and harmonic permutations. Their playing creates a unique musical statement, coherent in timbre and vision, marvelously varied in its nuances.

Additionally, they will be joined by two local jazz groups:

MANtrio – MANtrio is an improvising trio featuring pianist and vocalist Sage Romey, bassist Sarah Yates and drummer Melanie Sehman. Based in the jazz idiom, the group brings together a wide variety of backgrounds and influences, from West African and contemporary classical music to medieval music and jazz Manouche. Using radical listening as a guiding principle, the group uses the standard trio format as a laboratory for exploration, performing improvised music, original creative work and experimental arrangements.

Combo Zero – Combo Zero is a local jazz ensemble.

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October 12, 2019
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm