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Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 6:30-7:30pm
Choro da Alegria (Choro of Happiness) is a Portland-based ensemble dedicated to playing the wonderful melodies of Brazil. The group draws much inspiration from the genre Choro, which has been loosely called “Brazilian ragtime.” Beyond Choro, they include classic tunes of Bossa Nova and Música Popular Brasileira in their repertoire. The group released its first CD, “Quiosque,” in 2015. Pam Beaty (7¬string guitar, cavaquinho) is a classically ¬trained guitarist who has been a long¬time devotee of Brazilian music. She is passionate about various styles of Brazilian music and has traveled twice to Brazil to study music as well as Portuguese. Pam teaches guitar at Portland Community College. Esteban Diaz (percussion) hails from sunny San Diego and brings diverse drumming experience to the group. When not playing choro, you'll find Esteban playing samba,maracatu, and Japanese taiko with various groups around Portland. Tom Pinit, (bandolim (Brazilian mandolin)) began playing stringed instruments before entering kindergarten. Starting with violin, progressing to electric bass, and most recently mandolin, Tom was bitten by the Brazilian music bug soon after taking up the mandolin. Tom has studied choro with renowned musicians Trio Brasileiro, Anat Cohen, and Mike Marshall & Choro Famoso. He is active in Portland's choro scene and also plays in the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra. For more information, please go to http://www.eclecticacoustica.com/about-us/choro-da-alegria/.