The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture / Tagus Press is a multidisciplinary international studies and outreach unit dedicated to the study of the language, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Working in close partnership with the Department of Portuguese and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, it is the oldest of these units devoted to Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth.

Events - 2008

2008 Portuguese Summer Program Cultural Events

Concert: Choro Democrático

Wednesday, 30 July 2008, 8 PM
College of Visual & Performing Arts, Recital Hall

Price : $7 -- General Audience; $5 -- Students

Gloria de S?Choro Democratico is a newly formed Boston-based group featuring Fernando Brandão on flute, Chris Richards on violin, Luciana Araripe on mandolin, Adam Bahrami on cavaquinho, Tom Rohde on 6-string guitar, Jason Davis on 7-string guitar and Keita Ogawa on pandeiro.

The group plays a mixture of traditional and modern choro as well as some original compositions by group members.  Choro Democratico plays Brazilian instrumental music called choro, which has its origins in Rio de Janeiro of the late 1800s. Choro melds European dance forms such as polkas and waltzes with typically Brazilian rhythmic feels, including samba and maxixe. The instrumentation usually includes at least one melody instrument, such as flute, mandolin, or violin. The rhythm and harmony are played by the cavaquinho, a four-stringed soprano guitar, while the bass is played by 7 and 6-string guitars. Hand percussion such as the pandeiro, similar to the North American tambourine, adds the swing that is so essential to Brazilian music. Although the portuguese word 'chorar' suggests crying or sadness, choro music ranges the emotional gamut from meloncholic to festive. Choro is played in various ensemble formats and many groups have updated the style with influences from jazz, pop, and Brazilian folkloric styles.

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