Brazilian Choro Music: Concert and Lecture by Paulo Sa

Mandolin player and musicologist presents concert and lecture on the history of Brazilian choro music on Feb 4, at 8 p.m. in Recital Hall, Group VI/Room 153

The UMass Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture announces a concert and lecture by Rio de Janeiro mandolin player and composer, Paulo Sa. The event will take place at UMass Dartmouth's main campus on February 4 at 8 p.m., in the Recital Hall, Group Six, Room 153. Parking is in lots 8 and 9. 

The choro tradition in Brazil, as flutist Paula Robison explains, "is very much like the blues in America. In Brazil, choro was the combination of the African tradition mixed with the Portuguese; the beautiful singing lines of the Portuguese melody combined with the life-giving heartbeat of Africa." 

According to Paul Sparks, an acclaimed musicologist who graduated from Oxford University, Paulo Sa "is in the vanguard of musicians who are currently exploring the history and repertoire of the mandolin in Brazil." With other members of the Rio Trio, he shows "the versatility of this little instrument by performing music that has an international appeal, yet remains distinctively Brazilian." For Sparks, a world-class authority on the mandolin, the trio's first disk displays "an exhilarating mixture of Samba, Jazz and Classical influences." Mandolin, guitar and cello in the hands of these three expert musicians, he adds, "coalesce into an ensemble that convinces and entrances. 

Concert tickets, which can be purchased at the door, are $5. The event is coordinated by Prof. Dario Borim ( or 508-910-6609). 

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