NEC on Norway Pond - Choro Bastardo

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'Choro’ is a genre of traditional Brazilian instrumental music which originated in the 19th century. Choro Bastardo combines the traditional choro style with each band member’s unique musical and cultural background to create a sonority that strays from the original genre, yet remains loyal to the playful spirit the choro style.  Using Baroque, early jazz, and contemporary classical music styles as a springboard, Choro Bastardo explores how these different streams of music share elements with the choro tradition, recreating the atmosphere of cabarets and Vaudeville in Rio de Janeiro.  Mixing Jelly Roll Morton and Pixinguinha, Darius Milhaud and Ernesto Nazareth, John Cage and Jacob do Bandolim, Choro Bastardo represents a groundbreaking transformation in the realm of contemporary improvisation associated with Neo-folklorist practices.