Concert Series Featuring Choro das 3

On October 12-13, Brasil Band will team up with Choro das 3 for a pair of festive and exciting shows.

Choro das 3 is a family based band composed of three sisters—Corina (flutes), Lia (7 string acoustic guitar) and Elisa (mandolin, clarinet, banjo and piano)—and their father, Eduardo (pandeiro). 

The band has performed all over Brazil, the US, Mexico, and France. Virtuoso performers, they represent the very best of the new generation of musicians following the path of the 150-year-old tradition of choro—the rich vein of popular music that underlies samba and bossa nova, and which continues into the present as a living testament to the vitality of Brazil’s many cultural roots.

This will be the third time Brasil Band will welcome Choro das 3, sharing our mutual love of choro and Brazilian musical lore, and integrating our distinct performance styles for a joint presentation of a wide range of choro repertoire.

The Tom Bergeron Brasil Band plays an upbeat and eclectic mix of Brazilian genres, including the brilliant instrumental choro that was popular in the early 20th Century, the romantic song-samba from the 1930s & 1940s, classic and contemporary bossa nova, the breathtaking frevo from Northeast Brazil, modern popular songs, original compositions, and hits in the style of the New Samba currently heard in today’s Rio de Janeiro.

The band comprises an equally eclectic assemblage of virtuoso musicians with deep roots in Brazilian music, North American and Brazilian jazz, and other groove-oriented musics from the Americas, Africa, and beyond.

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Brasil Band is led by master saxophonist and composer/arranger Tom Bergeron. A student of the legendary concert saxophonist Donald Sinta, Tom holds a doctoral degree in saxophone. He began his music study with Roland Belisle, who learned stride piano from Fats Waller.

Tom has been researching and performing Brazilian music for more than 40 years, and he returns to Rio annually to perform and marinate in the tropical vibe. 

Teal Creek Music recording artist, he has recorded, produced, and played on dozens of CDs. In his long career as a jazz and classical musician, Tom has shared the stage with a wide range of artists, including Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Lovano, Anthony Braxton, Natalie Cole, Robert Cray, Mason Williams, Glen Moore, and Marin Alsop.

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Singer Rosi Bergeron brings to Brasil Band the sensuous sound of Brazilian Portuguese and her distinctive and consummate expression of Brasilidade. She was immersed from an early age in the musical culture of her native Rio de Janeiro, participating in Rio’s legendary samba schools, studying voice, and developing a deep repertoire of samba, bossa nova, and Brazilian Popular Music.

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