This year's festival will be held June 14th at 8pm at the lovely Freight and Salvage Coffee House in Berkeley. It will feature the Echo Chamber Orchestra performing the Brazilian Choro Suite and works by Lea Freire as well as accordion master Vitor Goncalves joined by clarinet virtuoso, Alexandre Ribeiro and percussionist, Roberta Valente and members of the Berkeley Choro Ensemble. More info at www.berkeleychoro.com
Tres Baías straddles the last century and a half of Brazilian music, enticing listeners with fresh versions of Brazil's own old-timey music, Choro, that irrepressible string music propelled with counterpoint and infectious danceability. Choro, the first music from Brazil to identify as a national style, contributed to the development of samba. Tres Baias' music appeals to bluegrass, jazz and chamber music buffs alike. The free-flowing 10-string mandolin melodies of Almir Côrtes compliment the rhythmic and contrapuntal 7-string guitar work of Nando Duarte. Brian Rice of Wake the Dead fame adds his unreal virtuosity on the pandeiro (Brazilian tambourine).
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