Café Do Choro
Café do Choro began as a studio project involving members of Brisbane Choro Ensemble working to create recordings of original Choro compositions by Brisbane multi-instrumentalist and composer Jenni Bell.
Choro* is a hugely popular style of music in Brazil. Though it's less known elsewhere, ‘Rodas de Choro’ (Choro Circles) can be found throughout the world.
Emerging in Rio de Janeiro the late 1800s and early 1900s, Choro became hugely popular in the 1920s to 30s. Originally played in the salons and cafes of Rio, often from evening until early morning, musicians gathered around a table with wine and food, simply for the joy of playing music together. It still retains that feeling of ‘jamming’, although there are also touring ensembles who perform in large venues and concert halls.
While there are many old favourite tunes that have become standard repertoire, Choro remains a ‘living genre’ with many different composers continuing to write new Choros, which continues today, with a number of Australian composers represented.
Choro is an eclectic mix of jazz, classical and folkloric styles. Its driving rhythmic foundation draws on the African influence that remains so strong in Brazilian culture. Melodies are often rapid, syncopated and complex, requiring virtuosity, but there are also slow songs that melt the heart. Harmonies are often sophisticated, expressive and adventurous, and also grab the heart-strings. Influenced by other Brazilian genres such as Samba and Forró, most tunes are instrumental, though some have vocals. As in Jazz, improvisation is encouraged.
The main regular instruments are:
Seven string Guitar (Sete Chordas)
Cavaquinho ( a miniature guitar with 4 strings) and
Pandeiro (a tambourine-like instrument that mimics a drum-kit)
Clarinet, Bandolim (Brazilian mandolin), accordion (sanfona), trumpet, trombone, saxophone, piccolo, violin, piano and various percussion are also used.
*Pronounced 'shorroo' to almost rhyme with borrow
Catch Café de Choro every month on the terrace at Medley!
Out of Abingdon
Warwick Hargreaves – Guitar / Vocals
Tina Fullerton – Double Bass / Vocals
From shady riverside afternoons to balmy twilight city rooftops and late-night jam joints, OUT of ABINGDON continue to make their indelible mark on the jazz and blues soundscape.
OUT of ABINGDON create soulful, acoustic, lounge music filtered from influences including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Kenny Burrell, Bjork and Nina Simone.
Tina’s sultry, honeyed vocals and grooving double bass accompanied by Warwick’s fearless expressive guitar and smouldering, understated vocals create a sensual atmosphere and dynamic stage presence!
Based in Australia, OUT of ABINGDON have numerous tours to Europe and the UK under their belt, playing venues throughout Scotland, England, Belgium, Paris and Berlin. OoA have built a loyal following here in Australia playing many East Coast festivals including QLD’s Brisbane Festival, Brisbane International Jazz, the GAS, Wallaby Creek Music, Wintermoon, Northern Australia Festival of Arts and Black Mountain Unplugged, NSW’s Kiama Jazz & Blues, Illawarra Folk, Peak Music, VIC’s Bendigo Blues & Roots, St Kilda Blues and Tassie’s Cygnet Folk to name just a few.
Playing and touring extensively over the last 13 years the duo have spent the last 2 touring full-time in their converted house truck and love taking OoA’s big double bass grooves, blitzing guitar and vocals all around this vast land....
Warwick and Tina continue to explore their acoustic, genre bending style, writing new music drawn from tales and experiences on the road and have their 5th independent album release on the way for 2023 ....
a grooving, soothing, sonic elixir in amongst a bustling soundscape, breathing new life into contemporary favourites along side their original bluesy lounge tunes.
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