WEEKEND: Rhythms of Brazil twirl into Port Townsend

By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News

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PORT TOWNSEND — Brazilian choro music — a sort of ragtime with a tropical twist — will fill the hall as Choro das 3 arrives Saturday night.

Choro das 3 is a band of three sisters and their father — Corina, Lia, Elisa and Eduardo Ferreira — who make up one of Brazil’s leading choro bands.

“They have a great stage presence, are fun to watch, and the music is beautiful,” said Al Bergstein, the promoter and choro mandolinist who is bringing the group to Port Townsend.

Tickets are $10 to Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. concert at the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave.

Choros das 3 has two albums out — most recently “Escorregando” (“Sliding”) — and plays to crowds in Brazil, Bergstein noted. But the quartet has never toured the United States until now.

“Seeing live Brazilian bands in the Pacific Northwest is a rare treat. Choro is a uniquely Brazilian acoustic music,” he said, adding that African rhythm, American ragtime and Dixieland jazz, European polka and Spanish- and Portuguese-style guitar all join together in choro.

“It is different,” Bergstein said, “in that it has that unique backbeat of Brazilian music. It is a fun and melodic music.”

Choro enjoyed great popularity in the ’20s but was overshadowed by samba and bossa nova, he said. “Now it is experiencing a revival across the country, with thousands of people playing it, both young and old.”

Corina, 25, plays flute and piccolo; Lia, 22, plays the Brazilian seven-string guitar; Elisa, 19, plays mandolin, banjo, clarinet and piano while Eduardo plays pandeiro, a Brazilian hand drum.

This combination, Bergstein said, “keeps the music light and upbeat.”

For more on Choro das 3, visit http://tinyurl.com/pdn-choro.

Last modified: June 13. 2013 5:44PM
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