Based in Portland, Maine, Choro Louco is dedicated to the century-old tradition of Brazilian Choro music. Brazilian Choro has been around for over a hundred years, but in this country it’s virtually unknown. David Grisman, Mike Marshall and a handful of others have helped introduce the music and the musicians to a larger audience, but it’s still largely under the radar of most music listeners. Its beautiful melodies, complex harmonies, and syncopated rhythms combine elements of European folk and classical, ragtime, jazz, Latin, and African music creating a style that is uniquely Brazilian.
Members of the band come from diverse backgrounds, and can be seen playing with various other local ensembles.
Carl Dimow, on flute and guitar, has played jazz, classical, and klezmer music here and abroad with the Casco Bay Tummlers, and numerous other groups. Nicole Rabata is best known in celtic music circles, but also plays classical flute with the Colby College orchestra and the Bangor symphony. Joel Eckhaus comes from an old time/jazz/pop/vaudeville background and has applied his knowledge of the ukulele to the Cavaquinho (Brazil’s version of the uke). David Newsam on 7-string and 8-string guitar, as well as mandolin, brings decades of experience as a jazz and classical guitarist to his choro playing. Eric La Perna, a fabulous percussionist with Okbari and Zapion, brings his great hand percussion skills to the pandeiro (the Brazilian tambourine).
Combine all of these talented musicians and their unique sounds and you find a band full of life, infectiously energetic music, and a show not to miss!
For more information, call 767-7660 x 2. This program is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Friends of the South Portland Public Library.