Welcome to Tio Chorinho’s Website!

Tio Chorinho is a Toronto ensemble dedicated to performing Brazilian choro music in the tradition of the great mandolin master Jacob do Bandolim. The group formed in 2009 and performs regularly at clubs, events and festivals throughout Toronto and southern Ontario. The group’s constantly growing repertoire of choro classics includes pieces by such iconic composers as Pixinguinha, Ernesto Nazareth, Waldyr Azavedo, and of course Jacob do Bandolim. Tio Chorinho hosts a monthly “clube do choro” at Touche Martini Bar, where they welcome special guests in the time-honoured tradition of an authentic Brazilian “Roda de Choro” (choro circle). The core group features Eric Stein (mandolin), Avital Zemer (7-string guitar), Maninho Costa (percussion), and  Carlinhos Cardoso (cavaquinho), and they are frequently joined by guests Alheli Pimienta (flute), Andre Valerio (guitar and cavaquinho), and others.

Choro (pronounced SHOH-roh) is a primarily instrumental musical form which originated in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro in the late-19th century. Choro is the original Brazilian soul music, a unique marriage of popular and classical European styles with Afro-Brazilian influences. It is the foundation of many modern Brazilian music styles, and is often described in American terms as “the New Orleans jazz of Brazil.” Exciting, energetic, soulful, intimate, nostalgic and virtuosic, choro is an infectious popular style whose universal appeal belies its musical complexity.

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Remeleixo – Live @ Yauca’s Lounge:

Carioquinha – Live @ Yauca’s Lounge: