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


Current and Recent News

percussion performance, teaching and recording

The pandeiro class that I offered at my studio in Emeryville in July and August was great success.  Thank you to all who attended. Reach out to me via the contact button to get on my email list for shows or classes.

New CD by Tres Baias!!!

Três Baías is inspired by the three bays of Salvador, Rio de Janeiro and San Francisco from where each of us come. This Brazilian choro trio navigates the genre with ease and playfulness, with intensity and flare.  Their creative arranging of the traditional repertoire speaks to how alive the tradition of choro is today.  July 14, 2019, Três Baías celebrated the release of their first CD featuring several musical guests.

Their music harkens back to the nostalgia of the golden age of  Brazilian Choro but with a creative/international flare that reminds us just how much this music is alive today and how far it can go tomorrow in the hands of such tasteful masters.  – Mike Marshall

Steve Reich - Music for 18

On February 2nd, 2019 it was my great honor to get to play Steve Reich's Music for 18 as a  part of the Taproot New Music Festival at UC Davis.  

Brian Rice

Choro Camp New England

Percussion lessons online. To contact me click here.

Due to the pandemic, this camp has been cancelled.

Choro Camp New England - June 22-28 2020

I am super excited to be on faculty this June at the Choro Camp New England held on Smith College campus in Northampton, MA.  The faculty boast some of my favorite choro players, including Alexandre Ribeiro, Roberta Valente, Henrique Araujo, Gian Correa and Vitor Goncalves, to name a few.  Please check it out on the link to the right.