Duo Violão Brasil performs a wide array of Brazilian Repertoire with many different programs showcasing Choro, Samba, Bossa Nova, and original works, as well as a concert series of tributes to important Brazilian composers. They include:
Tribute to Baden Powell
One of the most celebrated and prominent guitarists and composers of the 20th Century, Baden Powell is one of the strongest influences on Brazilian guitarists to this day. Duo Violão Brasil honors his legacy by showcasing his brilliance as a composer with lively arrangements of classic sambas like "Lapinha", "Vou Deitar e Rolar", and "Formosa", as well as lesser known pearls like the frevo "Casa Velha", the Choro "Retrato Brasileiro", and the waltz "Valsa Sem Nome".
Tribute to Pixinguinha
Alfredo da Rocha Viana, Jr., better known as Pixinguinha, and even better as the patron saint of Choro, is considered one of the greatest Brazilian musicians and composers, having given the world the masterpiece, "Carinhoso". His influence continues strong as ever, even as we approach the 120th anniversary of his birth. The Duo performs many of his countless classics like "Lamentos", "Os Oito Batutas", and "Devagar e Sempre".
Tribute to Tom Jobim
The composer of the most recognized and recorded song ever, "The Girl From Ipanema", Antonio Carlos "Tom" Jobim was the primary force behind the Bossa Nova movement. Rooted firmly in the style of Pixinguinha, Jobim was influenced by French composers like Debussy and Ravel, Brazilian composers like Villa-Lobos and Ary Barroso, as well as American Jazz. The Duo performs his better known works like "Você e Eu", "How Insensitive", and "Retrato em Branco e Preto", as well as lesser known masterworks like "Borzeguim", "Passarim", and "Quebra Pedra".
Tribute to Ernesto Nazareth
The father of Choro and Brazilian piano, Ernesto Nazareth left a body of work of hundreds, if not thousands, of compositions. His piano works lend themselves especially well to two guitars and the Duo performs many of his "Maxixes", "Valsas", and "Polcas", like "Escorregando", "Brejeiro", "Odeon", and "Pássaros em Festa". You can find much of this repertoire on Rogério Souza's CD "Brasil Choro - Ernesto Nazareth" with Leo Lucini and Andy Connell.
Rogério and Edinho are avid educators and perform workshops throughout the US, Brazil, and Europe. Either for 6 and 7 string guitars or ensemble playing for all instruments, the lively and interactive workshops focus on style, rhythm, phrasing, and repertoire in Choro, Samba, and many other Brazilian musical genres.