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About Tio Chorinho:

Tio Chorinho is a new Toronto ensemble dedicated to performing Brazilian choro music in the tradition of the great mandolin master Jacob do Bandolim. The group formed during the spring of 2009 and has thus far developed an impressive repertoire of familiar choro classics by such composers as Pixinguinha, Ernesto Nazareth, Waldyr Azavedo, and of course Jacob do Bandolim. 

Choro (pronounced SHOH-roh) is a primarily instrumental musical form which originated in Rio de Janeiro in the mid-19th century. It is best described in American terms as "the New Orleans jazz of Brazil." It is a complex popular musical form based on improvisation, and like New Orleans jazz, blues, or ragtime, grew from a formalized musical structure and many worldly influences.

The Band:

• Eric Stein - Mandolin
• Maninho Costa - Pandeiro
• Joel Schwartz - Mandolin
• Avital Zemer - Seven-String Guitar
• Milos Popovic - accordion
• Alan Heatherington - percussion and cavaquinho


Tio Chorinho


Old world mandolins transposed to the new world, played  brazilian style - with all the verve, colour and sexiness that that conjours up.

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