Douglas Lora and Dudu Maia (whom I have covered previously) were in town, this time at the Caffe Vivaldi and with Douglas’ brother Alexandre playing tambourine. The room was packed, so I only got this one good take out of it. But it’s a sweet one!
Choro is a kind of urban folk music that grew out of a merging of European and Brazilian sensibilities, and it calls on the player to be agile, inventive and swinging. The emphasis on improvisation makes people compare it to jazz, but if one is going to do that, let’s specify that it’s a lot more Django than Miles. It’s accessible music in every way.
Lora is a classically trained and plays a seven string guitar, and Maia also plays an altered instrument, a mandolin (called bandolim, in Brazil) with 10 strings, as opposed to the usual 8. Both are well respected musicians back home, and part of their tours generally consist of choro workshops. They are also part of a full-out band called Caraivana, so look out for that aggregate as well.

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