Brazil’s Jazz 

The word may imply tears, but the world hasn’t produced much music more joyful than Brazil’s choro.

“There are a couple of schools of thought on the meaning of the word,” says Amy Burcham, a choro enthusiast who’s helped to book and organize a workshop and concert by the Brazilian group Choro das 3 for the Memphis Acoustic Music Association. “Literally translated, it means ‘to cry.’ But a lot of people would say it’s crying in the same way they’d say, ‘Listen to Benny Goodman wail.’ At least, that’s the spin you get nowadays,” Burcham says.

Others say the form is named for a 19th-century dance or the choromeleiros, the Brazilian wind ensembles popular in Rio in the 1830s.

“Either way, it is a sweet lament,” Burcham says of the form, which sounds like gypsy jazz with a hint of European classical, incorporating guitars, mandolins, flutes, and various Brazilian folk instruments. “You could listen to a choro written in 1910 played on an electric bass and synthesizer and other modern instruments, and it would still sound beautiful,” Burcham says. “It’s so perfectly balanced and alive.”

In addition to performing, Choro das 3 — a popular Brazilian family band showcasing the talents of three sisters (Corina, Lia, and Elisa) — will conduct a choro workshop for Memphis-area musicians and fans. The workshop takes place Wednesday, July 10th, in the classroom area near the Blythe Street entrance of First Congregational Church in Cooper-Young.

The Memphis Area Acoustic Music Association presents Choro das 3 at First Congregational Church Wednesday, July 10th. Workshop: 1:30-3:30 p.m. $25.
Concert: 7 p.m. $20. Cash only at the door. www.mamamusic.org

Tags:

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Blogs

Hungry Memphis

Raw Girls Launches Food Truck

News Blog

Candidates Sought For Council Vacancy

Calling the Bluff

Don Trip is a "Man on the Moon"

News Blog

Riverside Drive Bike Lane Named In Top 10 List

News Blog

Memphis' Logan Guleff Wins MasterChef Junior

Calling the Bluff

Starlito Connects with Don Trip, Yo Gotti for New Track

News Blog

Pension Reform Gets Council Approval

Beyond the Arc

Next Day Notes: Grizzlies 105, Warriors 98

ADVERTISEMENT

More by Chris Davis

ADVERTISEMENT
© 1996-2014

Contemporary Media
460 Tennessee Street, 2nd Floor | Memphis, TN 38103
Visit our other sites: Memphis Magazine | Memphis Parent | Memphis Business Quarterly
Powered by Foundation