Year end is upon us. Whether your pleasure is Chanukah, Christmas, Winter Solstice, New Year’s Eve or biting heads off baby bats, there is cheer, comfort and joy in this time of year. Yes and cold. Dreaded cold…
but… Hark! What do I hear? It is Tio Chorinho and a table full of beer! Hark! Who could it be? Why It’s Maria Bonita & her Bandjee (Brazilian pronunciation).
On Sunday December 18th Uma Nota and Expressions of Brazil present Tio Chorinho and Maria Bonita & the Band. They will warm us up with fine Brazilian music from the popular annals of Brazilian history and bring us cheer with dance & drink. On hand will be people from the greater Brazilian community in Toronto, the dance company Brazil Dance World, people from the various maracatus and samba groups in town, as well as random contingents artists.
First off… Take yourself to a 1920s lounge in Rio de Janeiro. The musicians sweet sensibilities of American jazz, African forms and Brazilian taste. The instruments seem to cry out their sweet melodies dipping in and out of maniacal and clever synchronicity. This is choro music, and this is Tio Chorinho.
And then, after the virtuosity & quick fingered crying strings and soul, comes the sweet cry and clever steps of the forró band. Jerusa Leão fronts Maria Bonita and the Band. Now, forró is the music of the people in Brazil. Think of a dancehall where flirtation is in the intent & sweetness of the music, where a playful dance can lead to the most sincere smiles & romance. Where you come out of cold into a world of simple joy. Dance forró, it is good for the soul. Lord I get shivers just thinking of going to a forró, a chance to dance with that special girl…
special selections by
DJ GENERAL ECLECTIC
General Eclectic is the resident Uma Nota DJ and a well known Toronto dance floor selector with an eclectic taste for good rhythmic music from around our world.
Alex B will also play a set of classic forro tunes.
SUNDAY DEC. 18th
7pm, show 8pm
$10 at the door
1585 Dundas Street West
More info about the bands:
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.
• Eric Stein – Mandolin
• Maninho Costa – Pandeiro
• Joel Schwartz – Mandolin
• Avital Zemer – 7-String Guitar
MARIA BONITA & THE BAND
Originating from Brazil’s arid northeast, Forró (pronounced “foh-ho”) is a regional dance and music rooted in African and European traditions. With its soulful mix of accordion, fiddle, guitar, flute and percussion, Forró has become the craze of a nation, sweeping across Brazil’s cultural landscape and inspiring a new generation of musicians. Wanting to share this magnetic experience with her Toronto community, Jerusa Leão presents Maria Bonita & The Band. A collaboration of artists stretching from diverse musical backgrounds, Maria Bonita & The Band brings the playful rhythms of Forró Pe de Serra from Brazil straight to your backyard. Influences: Luiz Gonzaga, Jackson do Pandeiro, Folclore do Nordeste. Maria Bonita is part of The Fedora Upside Down Collective.
Jerusa Leão [Pandeiro & Voice], Graham Campbell [Guitar], Kelly Lefaive [“Rabeca” fiddle], Jessica Hana Deutsch [“Rabeca” fiddle], Carlie Howell [Bass], Amy Medvick [Flute], Alex Bordokas [Zabumba Drum], Eric Woolstein [Triangle] and the CORO [Amanda Paixão, Flávia Oliveira, Angelica Barbosa, Priscila Moreno and Licianny Matos]