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Marcelo Fortuna (Guitar) – Orquestra de Cordas Brasileiras –…

Yesterday I have discovered the youtube chanel of Marcelo Fortuna. In this youtube channel you can discover many interesting videos.

Marcelo Fortuna has studied guitar in Brazil and Portugal. He lives in Portugaql now and teaches guitar. This is the information from his homepage:

He studied composition at the School of Music of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and orchestration at the Brazilian School of Music under the tutelage of Maestro Nelson de Macêdo. Later, he studied for his bachelor’s degree in guitar with Turíbio Santos and Léo Soares, and harmony with Ian Guest.

He was one of the founder members of the Orchestra of Brazilian Strings, and with them he made three recordings which were adjudged the best instrumental works of 1991 and 1992, and for which he received 3 Sharp awards. In addition to this, he has also collaborated on various recordings as instrumentalist and arranger.

As a composer, he has been considerably influenced by the Brazilian Nationalist School of Heitor Villa-Lobos, Luciano Gallet, Radamés Gnattali, Guerra – Peixe, and Francisco Mignone; also by the Armorial Movement of Ariano Suassuna, and by his long experience as a musician of “choro” and samba. More recently, his compositions have aroused great interest among well-known concert artists, who, as well as recording some of his works, have also commissioned pieces.

He completed his bachelor’s degree in guitar at the Escola Superior de Música of Lisbon in July 1999, under the direction of professors Piñero Nagy and Antonio Gonçalves.

He is currently a Guitar Teacher at various Music Conservatories

Marcelo Fortuna plays mostly Brazilian music, but also classical music and Klezmer.

There are many videos of two of his groups, the Lisbon Choro Trio and the Duo CHORUS, I have compiled two playlist witt the videos of those two groups.

The Lisbon Choro Trio

The Lisbon Choro Trio live at the Casa da America Latina – Lisbon – Portugal

Marcelo Fortuna – Guitar and musical direction
Lidia Serejo – Flute
Ruca Rebordão – Percussion



Duo CHORUS (Marcelo Fortuna and Lídia Serejo) live at the BYBLOS – Lisbon – Portugal

A very special video is the video about the history of the Orquestra de Cordas Brasileiras. It shows pictures and scans of newspaper articles about this ensemble that has recorded three CDs and won several prices. And you can hear a piece played by this ensemble. This plectum ensamble was composed of bandolim, cavaquinho, viola caipira, guitar, 7-string guitar and double bass.


Orquestra de Cordas Brasileiras – A History

Founded in 1987. Winner of 3 SHARP Awards
Orquestra de Cordas Brasileiras
Mandolin: Afonso Machado, Rodrigo Lessa, Alexandre de la peña, Marcílio Lopes
“Cavaquinho” (Brazilian ukulele): Henrique Cazes, Jayme Vignolli
“Viola Caipira” (Brazilian country guitar): Marcus Ferrer, Marcelo Fortuna
Guitar: Bartolomeu Wiese, Luiz Flávio Alcofra
7 Strings Guitar:Josimar Carneiro
Double Bass: Omar Cavalheiro
Percussion:Beto Cazes, Oscar Bolão
Music: Garoa (Marcus Ferrer)

In the youtube channel of Marcelo Fortuna you can find many more interesting videos.

Free sheet music for guitar

On the homepage of Marcelo Fortuna you can find more information and also several free arrangements of brazilian music and choro for guitar and other instruments.

Additional information

youtube channel of Marcelo Fortuna: http://www.youtube.com/user/guitarfort

Homepage Marcelo Fortuna: http://www.marcelofortuna.com/

Chiquinho, Raphael Rabello e Orquestra de Cordas Brasileiras at grooveshark:

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Beatles’n’Choro – Beatles Songs with Bandolim, Cavaquinho, Clarinet and…

During the last days I have looked for some interesting choro music, and I have discovered a project titled Beatles’n’Choro. 4 CDs with Beatlessongs played by Brazilian Choro musicians with clarinet, flute, cavaquinho, bandolim, violao and pandeiro.

On the bandolim we can hear Hamilton de Holanda who plays a nice arrangement of Something on the bandolim:

Beatles’n’Choro – Something – Hamílton de Holanda

A Brazilian project of The Beatles music in Choro, a traditional brazilian music.

You can find several videos with titles from this project, but there are also other videos of Beatlessongs played by choro ensembles. Here is a group who has three videos of Beatlessongs at youtube:

I Wanna Hold Your Hand – Chorinho

Apresentação do grupo de choro no espetáculo “The Beatles” da Academia de Dança Regina Dell’Aquila – Teatro do Shopping Centro – São José dos Campos – SP – Dez/09. Marcelo Furlan (violão), Serginho Petroni (bandolim), Matheus Modesto (surdo) e Eduardo Galvani (pandeiro). Produção Vídeo Marina.

Finaly I have found some interesting videos at myspace – here as an example the song Eleonor Rigby played with bandolim, violao and pandeiro:

Eleonor Rigby – Beatles — Deus lhe Pague – Chico Buarque

Eleonor Rigby – Beatles — Deus lhe Pague – Chico Buarque

Brasil com S Escola de Choro e MPB | MySpace Video

I have collected some other videos of Beatlessongs in choro style in my playlist:


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Benzinho – A Great Choro by Jacob do Bandolim…

Benzinho is Chor No. 15 in the Songbook Choro which contains 97 typical Choros from Brazil. This is one of the often played and well known Choros by Jacob do Bandolim.

Here are some videos of Benzinho. First I have a typical Brazilian version from a pub with a lot of noise – but thats how it sounds in Brazil:


Then a version with two guitars, a more jazzy version:

Michele Ramo & Howard Alden “Benzinho”

Finally a version by a group named Choro Bandido, with the solo played on a violin – not very typical for Brazilian choro – but very interesting:

Choro Bandido – Benzinho

You can find a lot of other versions of Benzinho at youtube – which is your favorite version?

Playlist Songbook Chor 15 – Benzinho

Additional Information

More posts about choros from Songbook Choro:

Acoustic Disc website Acoustic Disc

Choro Bandido website, with many more sound examples: http://www.chorobandido.co.uk/



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Roda de Choro de Lisboa

Edu Miranda has uploaded three new videos to youtube. This time he plays the bandolim in the Roda de Choro de Lisboa. The videos have been taken from a recent TV show.

I like the version of Brejeiro by Ernesto Nazareth very much. It is not played too fast, but with a lot of rhythm and energy. And Edu Miranda makes clear that he can really play – his bandolim solos are very well played.

Roda de Choro de Lisboa – Brejeiro (Ernesto Nazareth) e Malhão de Águeda

I do also like the two other videos of the Roda de Choro de Lisboa, which is composed of 3 musicians from Portugal, on French and one Brazilian player. The accordeon in the group is not very typical for choro music, but it fits in very well and makes a good contrast to the clarinet.

Roda de Choro de Lisboa – Carioquinha (Waldir Azevedo)

Noites Cariocas by Jacob do Bandolim is played by a quartett with 7-stringed guitar (Violao), bandolim, pandeiro and accordeon:

Roda de Choro de Lisboa – Noites Cariocas (Jacob do Bandolim)

Roda de Choro de Lisboa – For­mação de 2010 em quar­teto:

Carlos Lopes, Acor­deão ;

Nuno Gamboa, Vi­olão 7 cordas ;

Ale­xandre Santos, pan­deiro ;

Edu Mi­randa, ban­dolim

The following video is a presentation of the Roda de Choro de Lisboa. It is interesting to see that the group does also play for dancing. Unfortunately I do not understand much of the Portuguese text:

Roda de Choro de Lisboa no Lusitano Clube, passou na rtp2 em 1-10-2009


There are many other videos of the Roda de Choro de Lisboa from former years with another player of the bandolim. You can find the videos easy from the myspace site of the group.

Playlist Roda de Choro de Lisboa


Blog of the Roda de Choro de Lisboa: http://rodadechoro.blogspot.com/

Myspace page of the Roda de Choro de Lisboa: http://www.myspace.com/rodadechorodelisboa