A Joyful Cry: Brazil's Choro Music

A Joyful Cry: Brazil's Choro Music

Sun, 07/31/2016 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Pictured: Co-host Geraldo de Oliveira

Credit: PRX

In honor of the 2016 Summer Olympics, which takes place in Brazil August 5-21, Classical 91.5 presents this four-part series featuing the unique, exciting, and virtuoisic Brazillian music style known as Choro. A Joyful Cry: Brazil's Choro Music airs Sundays at 2pm July 31 through August 21, 2016 on Classical 91.5.

The word choro comes from the word “cry,” yet, it's some of the happiest and most energetic music one could ever hear. From its beginnings in the late 1860s, choro truly showcases the incredible artistry of the musicians who play it. Its distinctive rhythm and catchy melodies could only come from Brazil. While it’s a genre with its own vitality and character, choro does also have rich connections to classical and jazz, which we explore throughout the series. 

In episode 1, host Julie Koidin and co-host Geraldo de Oliveira introduce listeners to choro's origins in the late 19th century and its development to the present day, through tasteful use of historic recordings and some of the stories associated with the music itself. In program 2, listeners will learn how classical musicians like Heitor Villa Lobos got their start playing choro – sneaking out of the house late at night to perform! Names like Pixinguinha and Jaco will become familiar as the hosts highlight their music and the performers playing it– Joel, Ze da Velha, Camerata Carioca and more. Episode 3 highlights choro’s finest brass and woodwind musicians and program 4 introduces the great string players - with a big focus on the mandolin, guitar (both 6 and 7 string) and the cavaquinho (a Brazilian ukulele).

Listeners will also hear from the musicians themselves, drawn from the interviews Julie Koidin has done over the last two decade during her travels around Brazil and which have been featured in her book, Choro Conversations: Pursuing Life, Love and Brazil’s Musical Identity (2013). They talk about the art of choro and how for them, it is the most Brazilian of all music.