Clube do Choro UK invites you to a celebration of choro and the birth of one of its greatest players.
The late, great Pixinguinha, was as important to the development of Choro as Louis Armstrong was to Jazz. Pixinguinha's birthday, April 23rd, is celebrated each year in Brazil as the National Day of Choro.
This year we bring that celebration across the Atlantic to London – join us for an evening of seductive Brazilian rhythms, dancing and food. Funded by the Arts Council England, the season launch event will take place on Saturday 30th March 2013. During the evening, the audience will be able to listen to the CCUK house band, followed by the Roda de Choro where musicians sit in a circle (roda) so that they can see each other and are able to maintain eye contact. This enables them to facilitate changes in tempo and mood and to help with improvisation. Anyone wishing to play is welcome to join the Roda with their instrument. The roda will also be joined by lots of guest musicians and is open to all, regardless of background or musical ability.
Due to growing popularity CCUK has moved the roda to a brand new venue that has capacity for 400 people, so there is plenty of space for people to come and enjoy the evening, participating in this charming traditional Brazilian experience.
Clube do Choro UK founder Gaio de Lima said:
"This is not a concert where the audience only listens to the music, Choro is all about inclusion so it is a music event where the public can take part at anytime if they wish to. We are hoping to educate people about this traditional style of Brazilian music and hopefully show people that Brazil has more to offer than just Carnival!"
Music fans, especially Jazz, World, African and Folk fans, go mad when they see choro, and feel compelled to grab their instruments and join in. Now is the time to do so!
Earlier in the day there will be workshops focussing on specific choro instruments such as the pandeiro and cavaquinho, so that all levels of musical ability can learn how to play. For further details please visit the website.
Just before the roda begins, a dance class will get the party started. This is for all levels to come and learn the basics to dancing to choro music. Dance class participants will receive discounted entry to the main event.
5pm Dance class
6.30pm House Band
8pm Roda with guests
11pm Exit venue
£5 students on the door (official student ID required)
Free entry for Under-13s
Venue: St Mary's Church, Wyndham Place, London, W1H 1PQ
Food and drink available for purchase. Cash only.