Tio Chorinho

Tio Chorinho is the first ensemble in Canada dedicated to performing Brazilian choro music. Founded over a decade ago, the group performs frequently throughout Toronto and southern Ontario, and has also toured parts of the US (California, Michigan, Maryland). The group’s debut album “Chora Brazil,” earned two Canadian Folk Music Awards nominations (World Music Album of the Year and Instrumental Group of the Year) and was described by Wholenote Magazine as “an absolute delight from start to finish…a terrific debut CD; play it on a grey day and your room will be filled with sunshine!” The group will release it’s long-awaited second album in spring 2024 on the LulaWorld Records label. Tio Chorinho’s growing profile has been bolstered by official showcase selections at recent industry conferences like Folk Music Ontario, Global Toronto, World Music Fest @Taiwan and Mundial Montreal.

Choro (pronounced SHOH-roh) is a primarily instrumental style originating in Rio de Janeiro in the late-19th century. Choro is the original Brazilian soul music, combining popular and classical European styles with Afro-Brazilian influences. It is the foundation of many modern Brazilian music styles, and is often described as “the New Orleans jazz of Brazil.” Exciting, energetic, soulful, intimate, nostalgic and virtuosic, choro is an infectious popular style whose universal appeal belies its musical complexity. 

Inspired primarily by the recordings and compositions of the great Brazilian mandolin master Jacob do Bandolim (1918-1969), Tio Chorinho also performs music by other essential composers of the genre, including Ernesto Nazareth, Pixinguinha, Waldir Azevedo, Luiz Americano, and others. They have recently begun to integrate original compositions in their repertoire, extending their stylistic range while still capturing the authentic spirit of choro. Wherever they play, audiences are consistently thrilled by the group’s virtuosity and dynamics, and by their easy-going charm on stage. The group features Carlinhos Cardozo (cavaquinho), Maninho Costa (percussion), Milos Popovic (accordion), Eric Stein (mandolin), and Andre Valerio (7-string guitar). They perform frequently with the amazing Brazilian-born, Quebec-based vocalist Flavia Nascimento, with whom they will soon be making a full-length collaborative recording.

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