CHORO E DINTORNI

Berti - Proietti - Rossini
CJE Records 2016

The project was born from the desire to tackle and propose, even without purely philological intentions, a repertoire of popular music born in Rio de Janeiro in the second half of the nineteenth century and developed up to the present day; a musical genre that optimally combines two indispensable elements: "fun" and "quality".

The music of authors such as E. Nazareth, Pixinguinha, Z. Abreu and many others contains characters
deriving from European cultured music of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries (as far as it concerns
harmonious and melodic aspect) expertly mixed with the rhythmic exuberance typical of African countries.

Tracklist:

1) BREJEIRO
2) VOU VIVENDO 
3) PÉ DE MOLEQUE 
4) DOCE DE CÔCO 
5) GAROTO 
6) PRELUDIO A ODEON IN TRE EPISODI 
7) ODEON 
8) SEGURA ELE 
9) MANHÃ DE CARNAVAL 
10) SONS DE CARRILHOES 

11 ) ENNE
11) TICO-TICO NO FUBÁ

Alessandro Berti  - electric bass, double-bass
Emanuele Proietti - piano, melodica
Giorgio Rossini - classical guitar

Music by: Ernesto Nazareth, Pixinguinha, 

Celso Machado, Jacob do Bandolim, Louiz Bonfá, João Pernambuco, Zequinha de Abreu, 

Alessandro Berti.

Arrangements: Alessandro Berti

It may seem contradictory to speak of fun for a genre whose literal definition choro means, in Portuguese "lament"; the fact remains, however, that in carioca culture joy and sadness are often inextricably linked to each other; just as the romantic melancholy of Chopin's pianism (in many compositions of Nazareth, for example, the influence of the great Polish master is more than evident) is mixed, in choro, with the lively and "colorful" rhythm that will become one over time characteristic elements of Brazilian music (from choro to samba, to bossa nova).

 

The choro therefore represents a sort of intelligent entertainment, an endless repertoire of songs that you can, always with due respect and ... (why not?) Sometimes even without, manipulating and interpreting even with organics and instruments far from traditional ones.

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