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choro

Nordic Choro – Nordic songs in Brazilian choro style

Jarmo Romppanen has just recorded a new CD with his band Nordic Choro. Instead of playing the Brazilian repertoir Nordic Choro have arranged nordic songs in the style of Brazilian choro – a great idea!

Nordic Choro have started a campagin to raise the money for the production of the CD. They have presented their project in several videos  – I have compiled the new videos in my playlist below. My first impression of the recordings is very good – so I am very curious to get the finished CD.

NORDIC CHORO – album release and concerts

Finnish-Brazilian music group Nordic Choro has recorded 12 famous Nordic songs in Brazilian choro style. The album is almost ready to be published, but the group still needs financial support to cover the final costs and to arrange album release concerts. The album release and concerts will take place in February-March 2016!

The Nordic Choro is:

Fabio de Oliveira: 7-string guitar
Ricardo Padilla: pandeiro and additional percussion
Arja Paju: bass guitar
Jarmo Romppanen: 10-string mandolin
The guest musician: Petri Puolitaival (flute and alto saxophone)
The producer of the album: Peter Engberg

The songs for the album (as instrumental versions):

Armi (Neitosista ken on kaunein) (Erik Lindström)
Spegling / Heijastus (Otto Palmgren)
Höstvisa / Syyslaulu (Erna Tauro)
Jag tror på sommaren / Taas on aika auringon (Stig Olin)
Sjösala vals / Keväthuumaus (Evert Taube)
Litet grann från ovan / Kulkuri ja joutsen (Lasse Dahlquist)
Crocodile Genas birthday song (V. Sainski)
Stormskärs Maja / Myrskyluodon Maija (Lasse Mårtenson)
Niin kaunis on maa (Kari Rydman)
Nuoruustango (Kaj Chydenius)
Romanssi (Nils-Eric Fougstedt)
Sininen uni (Tapio Rautavaara)

Nordic Choro 2015 Playlist – Nordic classics with a Brazilian twist!

Additional Information

Crowdsourcing campaign at mesenaati.me

The crowdfunding campaign is going on 9.11. – 20.12.2015!

Website Jarmo Romppanen

youtube channel Jarmo Romppanen

Related post:

Jarmo Romppanen – 10-String Mandolin Player from Finland – New Solo CD Solmogen II

Playlist Nordic Choro with older videos:

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Brasileirinho – The Sound of Rio – A Film…

n his movie “The Sound of Rio – Brasileirinho” Mika Kaurismäki has made a great portrait of the Brazilian choro. I had not seen this movie until now, but I have recently found this movie (with the Portuguese title “Brasileirinho – Grandes Encontros do Choro”) on youtube. If you are interested in Brazilian choro and have not seen this movie you should take the chance to watch it now.

An interview (in German) about  the movie: Interview mit Mika Kaurismäki auf www.bluerhythm.de.

The soundtrack of the movie is available as CD. You can buy the DVD and CD on amazon (partnerlink):

Brasileirinho – The Sound of Rio

With Trio Madeira Brazil, Teresa Cristina, Yamandu Costa, Zezé Gonzaga, Paulo Moura, Luciano Rabelo, and many more great musicians from Brazil.

I have collected short videos from the movie in the following playlist. Sometimes the complete movie is also available.

Additional Information

Website Mika Kaurismäki

Brasileirinho – Grandes Encontros do Choro in the movie database

Wikipedia about the movie  Brasileirinho(German)

Interview mit Mika Kaurismäki (German)

Interview: Mika Kaurismaki – Moro No Brasil

More blog posts about choro and Brazilian music:

fiddle

Frigg – Hot Fiddles from Cool Scandinavia

Frigg – Hot Fiddles from Cool Scandinavia

Frigg – a folk and dance band from Finland – will take part in the folk festival in Rudolstadt, Germany this year. Last year Frigg were on tour in the UK and in Switzerland.

Frigg has published 5 CDs and is very successful in Scandinavia. The last CD Polka V has got several awards including the “most successful album of 2012”. You can find more about the awards on the Frigg website.

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During an interview by the Philharmonie of Luxemburg Anti und Esko Järvelä of Frigg told about their music. The energy in the music needs to be transformed to a dance movement. Frigg wants to support the folk dance tradition of the North European countries

The sound of Frigg is based on the virtuoso playing of three or four fiddles. The fiddles play together in unison or in arrangements for several voices. The fiddles are accompanied by guitar, mandolin and double bass. Even the most complicated rhythms are played in perfect interplay. Most of the pieces are compositions by Frigg in the typical nordic style, inspired by the folk music of Scandinavia. Rock and Jazz elements or influences from folk dances of Eastern Europe are also included.

This is a video recorded last year with three tunes:

FRIGG I BODA 2012

The interview with Anti and Esko Järvelä:

Frigg interview @ the Philharmonie Luxembourg

My Frigg Playlist

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Jarmo Romppanen – 10-String Mandolin Player from Finland –…

Jarmo Romppanen has just released his second album with solo music for 10-string mandolin Solmogen II. I have met Jarmo during the European Mandolin Academy in Trossingen. With his group Nordic Choro Jarmo has recorded a CD with Choro music. And some years ago he has published his first solo CD Solmagen.

Now he has taken the music of Finland, Swedish Polska and American Old Time music and created his own new style of mandolin playing.

Jarmo has made a great set of videos with the the pieces of his new CD. His 10-string mandolin has a great ringing sound – I enjoy those videos very much.

Playlist Jarmo Romppanen

Additional Information

CD Solmogen II: http://www.aania.fi/solmogen2_fi.html

CD Solmogen: http://www.aania.fi/jarmo_romppanen_fi.html

Website Jarmo Romppanen: http://www.jarmoromppanen.net/

I´m a professional folk-musician and received my Master of Music degree from the Sibelius Academy Department of Folk Music in 2002. I´m working as a performing artist, composer, arranger, producer and music-teacher.

Ääniä Records has just publiced the second solo album of mine called Solmogen II. I´ve been creating a new style of playing, never before heard on mandolin. The music on this album is influenced by Finnish-Karelian kantele and bowed lyre playing, by the Swedish triplet-polska tradition and by North-American Old Time music. There are long legato melodic phrases, lots of slurs, fast runs, melodic variations and improvised parts between the themes.  It is a studio live album, recorded completely solo with no overdubs or edits (except fades) on it.

youtube search “nordic choro”: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=nordic+choro&oq=nordic+choro

To end this post I have added another video by Jarmo Romppanen recorded 3 years ago with the 10-string mandolin

Jarmo Romppanen – 10 string mandolin

Pieces: Solmogen / Östervik / Västervik Greta

comment by Jarmo: I´m playing with 10-string mandolin and mandola built by a Finnish luthier Arto Pulkkinen.