Learn more about associations that disseminates Brazilian music in Europe, such as Club du Choro in Paris

Choro is all over the word. This typically Brazilian music style has an association in Paris called Club du Choro. This is very important to disseminate Brazilian culture and music.

Picture: XII Festival Internacional do Reencontro do Choro em Paris, 2016/ Facebook Club du Choro de Paris

Picture: Facebook Club du Choro de Paris

The Club du Choro was created in 2011 to promote Choro in Europe. The members of the club are: president Guy Le Roux (violonist), Maria Inês Guimarães (pianist), Julien Hamard e Beatriz Gomes. Their main influences are: Pixinguinha, Jacob do Bandolim, Ernesto Nazareth and Chiquinha Gonzaga.

The association offers open courses to the public. The classes are collective practices and it helps the students to develop musical technique and interpretation. It also approaches rhythmic patterns and improvisation. At the end of the courses, the students perform at concerts.

Some of the courses available

– Orchestra Workshop

The students study and play Choro in groups. The repertory is diversified and the list includes many Lineu Bravo clients, such as: Chico Buarque, João Lyra, Jayme Vignoli. The teachers: Thierry Moncheny, Jef Calmard, Maria Inês Guimarães and Wander Pio.

– Instrumental Workshops

This course offers percussion and tambourine classes, included in the universe of Brazilian rhythm, for instance: choro, maxixe, carioca samba,  maracatu,  ciranda.

– Guitar classes

The club offers 7-string and 6-string guitar classes with Thierry Moncheny as a teacher.

Picture: Club du Choro de Paris

Picture: Club du Choro de Paris

– “Cavaco”

Cavaco classes for begginers and professionals, with the teacher Jef Calmard.

Choro Groups in Paris

Besides the courses, they organize Choro performances every week. Many groups play Choro in Paris, such as:

– Bécots da Lapa

Picture: Club du Choro de Paris

Picture: Club du Choro de Paris

– Duo in Uno

Picture: Club du Choro de Paris

Picture: Club du Choro de Paris

– Maria Inês Guimarães Quartet

Picture: Club du Choro de Paris

Picture: Club du Choro de Paris

– Pingo de choro

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Picture: Club du Choro de Paris

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The “City of Light”, as Paris is affectionately known, is a symbol of French and World culture, bringing over more than 30 million visitors and standing out in fashion, art and culture scenarios. A lot of artistic movements, such as expressionism and surrealism were born there, and also, important characters of art and philosophy - René Descartes, VoltaireVictor HugoÉmile Zola, Simone de BeauvoirEdith Piaf.

The city also has received many foreign artists, such as Leonardo da VinciVincent van GoghPablo Picasso, Ernest HemingwayGabriel García MárquezMario Vargas Llosa, Francis Scott Fitzgerald, Joyce and Oscar Wilde.

Over the years, Brazilian music has been strongly disseminated in Paris by talented Brazilian artists who ended up spreading their music over there. Mauricio Carrilho, brilliant violonist, is one of the names that has already performed and recorded in the city.

Mauricio Carrilho Career

Mauricio Carrilho was born in Rio de Janeiro. He is a musician, producer, and a popular Brazilian song researcher. He is also a Lineu Bravo’s client.  He started his career in 1977, taking part of many musical groups such as “Carioquinhas” and “O Trio”.

In the late 90’s, Mauricio established a record label with Luciana Rabello, the “Acarei Records”, where he has been doing a great research about Choro.

The musician also develops a great work on education, travelling around Brazil, attending workshops based on Choro (the first popular Brazilian music genre).

Mauricio Carrilho in Paris

In 1993, he founded the group “O Trio”, in which he acted as violinist alongside with Paulo Sérgio Santos, who played the clarinet and Pedro Amorim playing the mandolin. The group recorded, in Paris, their first record, also in 1993.

Mauricio Carrilho has already performed at the Theatre Des Champs Elysées, in Paris, with the conductor Kurt Masur, performing “Suíte para Violão de Sete Cordas e Orquestra”. The same composition has also been performed by Yamandu Costa, with the Brazilian Symphonic Orchestra, conducted by Roberto Minczuc.

Mauricio Carrilho and the Lineu Bravo guitar

Mauricio got a Lineu Bravo guitar in 2006, a 7-string guitar with Canadian cedro top.

At the time, he gave his instrument to an Australian friend, the musician Doug De Vries, who played the guitar and felt in love with it, but he could not wait his own to be ready.  Mauricio says he did it because he was sure he would receive an instrument as good as the one he had.

So, Lineu Bravo made a second guitar for him, just like the another one.

Maurício Carrilho and Lineu Bravo

Maurício Carrilho and Lineu Bravo

Since then, the musician has been disseminating his talent around the world, including Paris. So, the Brazilian music has been very well represented out there, with a Lineu Bravo guitar.

Source: Dicionário MPB and Wikipédia

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