Piedmont Piano Company is pleased to present

Duo Violão Brasil


Duo Violão Brasil band (Rogerio Souza and Edinho Gerber), on a West-Coast/East-Coast tour from Rio de Janeiro, will present a special evening of choro featuring the compositions of Pixinguinha and Radames Gnattali, with arrangements by Rogerio Souza. They will be accompanied by special guests Ami Molinelli (percussion) and Zack Pitt-Smith (reeds).

Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 8pm
at Piedmont Piano Company
1728 San Pablo Ave. (at 18th), Oakland, CA

$20 / $15 with student id - To reserve tickets with your credit card, please call (510) 547-8188


Pixinguinha is one of the most famous choro composers, integrating the music of choro composers as well as jazz-like harmonies, afro brazilian rhythms and sophisticated arrangements he elevated choro to an international audience.

Radames Gnattali was a self taught composer of classical music. His arrangements of sambas, involving strings, woodwind and brass (rather than the traditional accompaniments with two guitars, cavaco, flute and percussion, exposed him to critics who resented the "jazzing up" of the choro and samba genre. Antônio Carlos Jobim wrote his final album "Antonio Brasileiro in homage of him in 1994.


A master of both 6 and 7 string guitars, Rogério Souza is one of the foremost representatives of the musical language from Rio de Janeiro. Rogério is constantly performing in and producing concerts and events that showcase traditonal Brazilian music, especially Samba and Choro. He has worked with a multitude of world class Brazilian Musicians, including: Baden Powell, Paulinho da Viola, Sivuca, Ney Matogrosso, Altamiro Carrilho, João Bosco, Paulo Moura, Ivan Lins, Guinga, Turíbio Santos, Rafael Rabello, Cristovão Bastos, Nó em Pingo D’agua, Época de Ouro, Elizeth Cardoso, Elza Soares, João Nogueira, Dona Ivone Lara, Nelson Cavaquinho, Guilherme de Brito, Delcio Carvalho, Martinho da Vila, and Zeca Pagodinho.

Son of a Brazilian mother and American father, guitarist and composer Edinho Gerber possesses a rich musical vocabulary developed in the two countries where he was raised: the United States and Brazil. Navigating effortlessly between the genres of choro, jazz, samba, and blues, he is always in search of the intersection points within his dual cultural identity. A staple in the Chicago music scene for many years, he was a highly in demand sideman having played with countless U.S. based Brazilian groups, including Som Brasil, Renato Anesi Trio, and more!

For more details, visit duoviolaobrasil.com

Ami Molinelli is a professional percussionist and educator specializing in Brazilian and Latin percussion, especially the pandeiro. She is the co-leader of the Brazilian choro and jazz ensemble, Grupo Falso Baiano, whose first CD Viajando: Choro e Jazz was featured on Pandora in a special live concert and interview at Yoshi’s. Ami received her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and has studied at the Universidade Federal da Bahia in Salvador. She has studied with master percussionists Michael Spiro, John Bergamo, Randy Gloss, and Guello to name a few. Her extensive performance and recording credits include theater, television (NBC), and live performances with artists such as Luciana Souza, Jovino Santos-Neto, Los Angeles Symphonic Orchestra, Mike Patton, George Duke, Allessandro Penezzi, Mike Marshall, Hamilton de Holanda, Teka, John Santos, and Michael Spiro. For more details, visit lpmusic.com/artists/artist/ami-molinelli

Woodwinds player Zack Pitt-Smith began his musical journey by playing a drum set at age 6. By age 11 the New York native was performing on the saxophone and studying woodwind technique and music theory at Eastman School of Music and later at Berklee College of Music. He went on to earn a degree in Ethnomusicology from Brown University. Zack has found his richest inspiration in several of Brazil’s traditional music styles. He has shared the stage with Jovino Santos, Harvey Wainapel, and Marcos Silva, Gene Harris, Slide Hampton and James Williams.


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