Brazilian Music Foundation is proud to announce its

4th-Annual Choro Festival , to be held on:


Tuesday, November 6th , 2018 – 8:00pm

Tickets $ 35 ( general admission )

Opera Center America

Marc A. Scorca Hall – 330 Seventh Ave, 7th Floor

New York City, NY 

Those who appreciate the genuine sound of Brazilian instrumental music will have the opportunity to enjoy the IV International Choro Festival in the City of New York. Brazilian Music Foundation (BMF), in partnership with Bossa Magazine, and Asuos Productions, will present the 4th Annual International Choro Festival, with a variety of interesting performances.

The Festival collaborators will incorporate different cultures and participate in artistic exchanges between Brazil and the US. The Festival also aspires to promote and preserve the “Choro” – a rich instrumental music  tradition since the nineteenth century, known as the oldest musical style throughout Brazil. Our goal is to bring together local musicians with fellow musicians from Brazil and other countries to present traditional Choro as well as new compositions.

The festival first occurred in August 2015, and it was a great success. Due to this positive reception, we will continue with an annual presentation. The event will provide an opportunity for everyone to learn about one of the oldest Brazilian musical genres, the Choro and the Brazilian Jazz.




100 Years




From Recife, Pernambuco/Brazil 

 Alex Sobreira/Musical Director/ Arrangements/7 Strings Guitar

Luiz Simas/Piano & Vocal

Wesley Amorim/Cavaquinho & Guitar

 Grant Ziolkowski – Mandolin 

Laura Dreyer – Flute/Sax

Everton Isidoro/Pandeiro


Production team

 Madalena Sousa/Executive Director

 Max Barros/Musical Director 

Mila Schiavo/International Marketing Director

Aparecida Teixeira/Marketing Assistant

Cristine Larson/Secretary

  About Jacob do Bandolim

Jacob do Bandolim born Jacob Pick Bittencourt (February 14, 1918 – August 13, 1969) was a Brazilian composer and musician. Born to a Brazilian-Jewish mother and a gentile father in Rio de Janeiro, his stage name means “Mandolin Jacob”, referring to his instrument he played. A perfectionist, Jacob was able to achieve with his band Época de Ouro the highest levels of quality. Jacob hated the stereotype of the “disheveled, drunk folk musician” and required commitment and impeccable dress from his musicians who, like himself, all held “day jobs.” Jacob worked as a pharmacist, insurance salesman, street vendor, and finally notary public, to support himself while also working “full time” as a musician. In addition to his virtuoso playing, he is famous for his many choro compositions, more than 103 tunes, which range from the lyrical melodies of “Noites Cariocas” (“Carioca Nights”), Receita de Samba and “Dôce de Coco” to the aggressively jazzy “Assanhado”, which is reminiscent of bebop. He also researched and attempted to preserve the older choro tradition, as well as that of other Brazilian music styles.   

About Choro 

Brazilian Choro has roots jazz, and is considered Brazil’s first “urban pop” music. There are over 30 different types of rhythms in Brazilian Music. By presenting the diversity of our rhythms, we hope to encourage diverse musicians, music students, adults, and children to engage in creating music with a dynamic communicative style that is energetic, fun, creative, and very inspiring!

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We hope to see you there!