Accordion player Rob Curto takes us on a tour of Brazilian choro music. In this interview, Curto explains the origins of choro and demonstrates its rhythms; talks about his own introduction to the accordion and to the music of Brazil; and plays several choro tunes in performances available only in this episode. Learn more at robcurto.com.
Tracks used in this episode: Biruta, Seu Ze E Os Pifs, 03 – Uma, Duas, Tres….Xote!; Estrada do Sol. Plus several live solo performances recorded during the interview.
PERFORMANCE TONIGHT! If you’re in New York tonight (March 17, 2011), Rob and his band Matuto, which he co-leads with guitarist Clay Ross, will be at Joe’s Pub.
BONUS TRACK! If you’d like to know more about the accordion and how it works, here’s a bonus segment with Rob in which he describes and demonstrates the instrument. Download the mp3.